SEP 12th 2014

Cars that rock Revival: Maserati Tipo 151/1

Of the three Maserati Tipo 151/1s built, the ex-Cunningham car that will be out in the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration race this weekend is the only survivor. Thanks to its scarcity, it’s no stranger to the Goodwood Revival – it has been here for the last three years running. It is 2011 that has, so far, given the car its best result with a third place finish. Two years ago, it crashed out. Last year, it crashed twice! The team is hoping for a better result this year, with practice taking place on Saturday and the main event on Sunday.

In period, the car raced at Le Mans in 1962 and 1963. It did as well as getting into second place on its first outing at Le Sarthe, before retiring from the race in the early hours of the morning. Beneath the eye-catching and aggressive styling, with its distinctive Kamm tail, is a typical-of-the-era Maserati spaceframe chassis. There is room for innovation, though. The rear suspension has a De Dion design with extra struts on each side to allow for more lateral movement.

Let’s hope its run of bad Revival luck is broken this weekend…

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