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Maserati Tipo 61

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Maserati Tipo 61
Maserati
aka 'Birdcage'
Production 1959 - 1961
16 units
Class Endurance Racing
Body Style no-door, single seater racecar
Length
Width
Height
Wheelbase 86.6 in
Weight 1323 lb
Transmission 5-speed manual
Engine 2.9 litre (2890.3 cc) inline-four cylinder, Normally aspirated with two Weber 48 DC03 carburettors
Power 250 hp @ 6800 rpm
Similar Maserati Birdcage 75th
Designer Giulio Alfieri

The Maserati Tipo 61 (Birdcage) is among one of the most iconic racing cars in history. The car was produced between 1959 and 1961 by Maserati for racing in Le Mans. It became famous for its intricate tubular latticework chassis, containing about 200 aluminium tubes welded together, hence the nickname "Birdcage".<ref name="ultimate"/> This method of construction provided a more rigid and at the same time, lighter chassis than other sports cars of the time. <ref name="ultimate"/> The Camoradi team became famous racing the Tipo 61's but despite being faster round the track than other cars, the Birdcage was unreliable and often retired from races due to problems with the gearbox. The Maserati MC12 is available only in white and blue, to serve as a tribute to the Tipo 61 and the Camoradi racing team.<ref>{{

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Racing History

The Tipo 61 was unveiled in 1959 when Stirling Moss easily won a race behind the wheel, attracting the attention of Lloyd "Lucky" Casner.<ref name="classic driver">{{

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Revival

The Maserati Birdcage 75th is a concept car to honour the 75th anniversary of both the Birdcage and Pininfarina. It features a 700 bhp V12 engine and like the originals, no doors.


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