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1960 Maserati Tipo 61 'Birdcage'

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:54 PM







Top Speed: 177 MPH
0-60: 4.0 Seconds
Horsepower: 250@ 6750 RPM
Torque: 217 @ 5250 RPM
Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
Drivetrain: RWD

The Tipo 61 was the second, and most celebrated, of the five 'birdcage' models designed by Giulio Alfieri. The cars owed their shared nickname to their unique chassis design which, instead of employing the usual steel or aluminum tub, used an intricate frame comprising over 200 welded steel tubes. This produced a light, rigid construction that, combined with the Tipo 61's 250-bhp, 2.9-liter straight-four engine, its independent front suspension taken from Maserati's 250F Grand Prix car, and its five-speed transmission, enabled the 1,323-lb racer to accelerate to 60 mph in four seconds and reach a top speed of 177 mph. Unlike its underpowered predecessor, the Tipo 61 was a success on the track, taking class victories in SCCA-sanctioned events in the US and winning the 1000 km Nurburgring in 1960 and 1961. In fact, had it not been for its notorious unreliability -- an issue that hamstrung the car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1960 after it had set the joint-fastest lap time -- it could have established an even more impressive reputation.

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