Maserati Tipo 61 (Birdcage)

This 1959 3-litre Tipo 61 'Birdcage'. driven by Alan Minshaw won the 1950s Sportscar race for the Duncan Hamilton Trophy for cars over 1.5-litre built between 1st January 1954 and 31st December 1960 at Coy's International Historic Festival held at Silverstone - July 2000.

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This 'Birdcage' CHASSIS No. 2453 is now owned by 'Demon Tweeks'
Tipo 61 chassis numbers were 2452 to 2472.
2460, 2462, 2465 and 2466 were Tipo 60s.
Views of the cockpit area showing the intricate tubular chassis
My thanks to Marek Piatkowski who very kindly opened the bonnet for me!
Carlo Vogele's beautiful black birdcage
This 'Maseratista' was installing the fan

The last great traditional model (front-mounted engine and rear wheel drive) the Maserati Birdcage left an important mark because of its refined technical solutions. Designed to compete in the Sports-car category, it was concieved in 1959 by Giulio Alfieri, Maserati's cheif design engineer at the time.
The frame, composed of more than 200 steel segmentas of 10n 12 and 15 mm offered the same rigidity as a unibody chassis

Technical specification - Tipo 61 'Birdcage'

Body type Sports racer
Production years From 1959 to 1961
Engine Front engined 4 cylinder in line
Bore and stroke 100 mm / 92 mm
Engine capacity 2890,3 c.c.
Compression ratio 9,8:1
Maximum power 250-bhp @ 6800 rpm
Distribution Twin overhead camshaft, two valves per cylinder
Induction system Normally aspirated with two Weber 48 DC03 carburettors
Ignition Single electronic
Lubrification Forced with delivery and return pumps
Transmission Rear wheel drive
Clutch Dry multiplates
Gearbox 5 speed and reverse
Chassis Welded tubular latticework - 'Birdcage'
Front suspension:- Independent wheels, coil-springs
and telescopic shock-absorbers
Rear suspension:- De Dion axle, transverse leaf-springs
and telescopic shock-absorbers
Brakes Hydraulically operated disc brakes on all four wheels
Wheelbase 2200 mm
Wheel tracks Front 1250 mm    Rear 1200 mm
Tyres Front:- 5,50 x 16    Rear:- 6,00 x 16
Dry weight 600 kg
Maximum speed 300 km/h
Models constructed 17

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