The Panini Museum III
A Collection of Maseratis

On my previous visits to the Panini Museum I have concentrated on the exterior of these wonderful cars. Unfortunately the lighting in the museum is not ideal for an amateur photographer, like myself, armed with an ordinary camera and unsophisticated flash. For this reason I have been unable to do the collection justice. On this occasion Matteo had given me permission to open the doors and gain access to their interiors. I concentrated on the dashboards as the cars are parked close together and I was fearful of causing any damage!


I know I have said this before and I am not embarrassed about repeating myself when I add once again my thanks to Dott. Matteo Panini for allowing me to photograph his fabulous collection and for allowing me to publish these photographs on my site.

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Matteo's Bar!!

This large trident adorns the workshop.
3500GT Competizione



Tipo 63



A6GCS Berlinetta by Pinin Farina






5000GT by Allemano


The Simun



Maserati cockpits

Tipo 420/M/58 'Eldorado'



Ghibli Spyder

Ghibli Coupe

Motore 3500GT Carburatore ed Iniezione



Motore Tipo 8CL




Derived from the 4CL, the 8CL (8 Cylinder Lineale - 'in a straight line') was composed of two cylinder blocks mounted in line on a common crankcase. Designed between 1939 and 1940, it was the logical evolution of the 8CTF (8 Cylinder Testa Fissa - 'Fixed Head') engine which in those same years (1939 and 1940) powered the 8CTF, driven by Wilbur Shaw, to victory in the 'Indianapolis 500'. This modern supercharged engine, with its four valves per cylinder and equal bore and stroke measurements, was prematurely ended by the outbreak of World War II. After the war, the Grand Prix formula was changed and the 8CL engine, no longer valid for the European races, was raced at Indianapolis by Luigi Villoresi in 1946 and by the American Fred Agahashian in 1949.

A Tipo 61 'Birdcage' chassis


A Tipo 63 'Birdcage' chassis





The 'rear end' of the prototype Merak Turbo

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