1959 Maserati ‘Birdcage’ is heading to auction!

A highly sought-after 1959 Maserati Tipo 60/61 ‘Birdcage’ is to be sold by Coys auctioneers during their German Schloss Dyck sale on August 4.

The legendary 1959 Maserati Tipo 60/61 ‘Birdcage’ will pass across the auction block with Coys auctioneers during the Schloss Dyck sale, Jüchen, on August 4.

Prepared for racing by renowned engineer Alfred Momo, this historic Maserati boasts superb aerodynamics mated to drivetrain churning out 250bhp at 6800rpm. Only 16 examples were crafted by Maserati between 1959 and 1961, first showcased when Stirling Moss won its first race and attracted the attention of Lloyd ‘Lucky’ Casner.

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‘Lucky’ founded the Casner Motor Racing Division, who raced three Tipo 61s during the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans, and although the Tipos couldn’t clinch Le Mans victory due to reliability issues, the vehicles did win the 1960 and 1961 1000km Nürburgring.

Sporting an intricate cylindrical frame and chassis crafted from approximately 200 small chrome-molybdenum steel tubes, the historical Maserati gained its ‘Birdcage’ nickname because of the vehicle’s exceptional design; penned by Giulio Alfieri.

This Maserati was submitted to the MSA and gained its Historic Technical Passport/FIA class TSRC4 documents, allowing entry to various different high-brow events such as Classic Le Mans, Goodwood Revival, and Motor Racing Legends Stirling Moss Trophy at various circuits globally.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys said, ‘This car offers a collector a chance to own a unique race car. It is going to be sold with a large amount of documentation, photographs, full rebuild invoices from Steve Hart Racing and confirmation of the cars original components used directly from Momo.’

As if that’s not enough Maserati heritage for one auction, another Alfieri design set for the sales hammer is a 1963 Maserati 3500 GTi Superleggera by Touring. Finished in Gunmetal Grey over red interior, this example of the marque is also reported to be in excellent mechanical order. Its estimate is €178,875.

You can find out more about the auction here.

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