|Techno Classica Essen
"At Techno Classica Essen, 'M' stands for Mercedes
but on this page it stands for Maserati!"
My first visit to Techno Classica Essen did not pass without incident, for having struggled to find our way to the exhibition site, not to mention finding a parking place, my wife and I found ourselves not at the Classic Motor Show but inside a Stamp Collector's Exhibition.
An original single sheet brochure of the Tipo 450S featuring #4502
In 1957, Tony Parravano, a housing developer in the fast growing Southern California area, faced mounting tax problems with the IRS. A short while after taking delivery of #4502, the IRS stepped in and seized Parravano’s shop and assets, including the cars of 'Scuderia Parravano'. The IRS began liquidating the assets of Parravano, selling off his remaining racing cars, but #4502 somehow managed to "elude capture" and "escaped" over the border to Mexico and was hidden for some years in the Mexican desert. In early 1960, Tony Parravano, a key figure in early American Sports Car racing, disappeared and has not been seen since. When #4502 eventually returned to the US, it was put up for sale at auction by the IRS.
Chuck Kessinger, in Rey Martinez's ex-Tony Parravano Maserati 450S #4502 failed to qualify for the 1961 Riverside GP.
This photo is shown courtesy of Tam McParland
The new owner allowed the car to be raced in some minor events. Later #4502 came into the possession of Cameron Millar in England who admitted to being 'very impressed' by the power of the car. He sold it on to Count Doenhoff in Germany. Four years ago, the current owner Hartmut Ibing, a distinguished collector from Düsseldorf in Germany, purchased the car from the Count. Together with 450S #4506 (which is located less than 20 miles from #4502!!) the Ibing-450S is one of only two cars of this type in Europe and both can be seen competing in historic events during the season. Due to its relatively short and unimportant race history, #4502 is highly original and therefore one of the three best 450Ss in existence.
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The impressive Deutsche Maserati Club stand.
A Maserati Mistral Coupé on the Club stand
Official programme and ticket.
5000GT book and the 'Calendar'
Hartmut Ibing's fantastic Tipo 450S - Il Mostro.
The cockpit of the 'Quattro Mezzo'.
The signs that show this car is still competing.
Let's face it, it's worth another look!
The Ghibli Coupé.
The Mistral Coupé.
Power and Beauty, the 450S engine!
440 brake horsepower on tap!
A Tipo 300S for sale at the show!
Cockpit of the 300S
Chassis number 3065
Maseratisti only in front please!!
You can change a fuse while your driving!
Note the tubular chassis
Adorned with the magical Trident!
Just fill her up please and I'll be off!
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