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Auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed: Maserati 300S for over 5 million

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The open two-seater racing car is one of the cars often used in historic motorsport. The later Bugatti boss Dr. Thomas Bscher put the M aserati 300 S with chassis number 3053 regularly, followed by Tony Smith, manager of the rock group' Genesis 'and the musician Phil Collins. The Bonhams auction house gives the estimated value of the ready-to-use Maserati 300 S at up to 5.2 million euros.

Maserati im original condition

In addition to the racing engine built by Cyril Embrey and the modified five-speed gearbox, the extensive spare parts package includes the authentic engine and the original four-speed gearbox. The previous owner and the engineer who looks after his cars took great care to preserve the substance of the Maserati: 'This 300 S is wonderful in its original condition, 'writes Walter Bäumer in his 2008 standard work on the racing car from Modena.

1955 The Californian millionaire Briggs Swift Cunningham bought the Maserati 300 S for his friend Bill Spear. He started with an Italian three-liter sports car together with Sherwood Johnston at the Sebring 12 hour race in March. Johnston drove the fastest race lap with this 300 S. The team came in third behind the overall victories Mike Hawthorn and Phil Walters in a Jaguar D-Type and Phil Hill /Carroll Shelby in a Ferrari 750 Monza.

Race premiere of the Maserati 300 S

This race in the second round of the Brands World Championship applies to the Dakar Grand Prix in Senegal, where Jean Behra started with a factory Maserati on the same day, as the racing premiere of the 300 S. In May, Behra's Italian team-mate Luigi Musso took care of the evening race in Bari the first overall victory of a Maserati 300 S.

However, the brand with the trident in the emblem had to wait until 1956 for its first overall success in the sports car world championship: Stirling Moss, who, after leavingMercedes had switched to the Italians, won the season opener in Buenos Aires together with the Argentinean Carlos Menditeguy, two laps ahead of the Ferrari duo Olivier Gendebien /Phil Hill and the second factory Maserati with Jean Behra and Froilan Gonzalez.

Stirling Moss on the Maserati 300 S

Sir Stirling Moss praises the Maserati 300 S, with which he was two at the age of 26 World championship races won: 'Without question - besides the 'Birdcage', the 300 S was my preferred front-engined sports car from Maserati. It is one of the easiest-to-control, beautiful, best-balanced racing cars ever built. The six-cylinder engine was The 300 S brought me nine wins, three second places, as well as a third and a fifth place, but dropped out only twice in 13 races. '

' One of the easiest, most beautiful to master , best balanced racing cars, di e were ever built. ' - This characterization by Sir Stirling Moss gives an idea of ​​why the Maserati 300 S is so popular and successful in historic motorsport to this day. Automobile historian Anthony Pritchard added in his book on Maserati racing history, 'The 300 S is a wonderful racing car with safe, predictable and advanced handling, excellent traction and a level of competitiveness that rivaled the Ferrari Monza, albeit without it Peculiarities in the handling of the car from Maranello - in contrast to the Monza, you could almost entrust the Maserati to your friend for the trip to the hairdresser. '

Greatest successes of the Maserati 300 S

Among the greatest Success for the Maserati 300 S includes overall victory in the 1,000 kilometer race on the Nürburgring with the quartet of works drivers Jean Behra, Harry Schell, Piero Taruffi and Stirling Moss. The Englishman remembers the race at the Nürburgring on May 27, 1956: 'From the Mille Miglia, where I drove a 350S 'Spezial', I traveled to the 1,000 kilometer race on the Nürburgring. My team-mate was Jean Behra, who was always a very good driver. But it was precisely in his 'stint' that the rear spring broke away from the chassis and threw us out of the race. Maserati team boss Nello Ugolini put us on the sister car from Taruffi /Schell (start number 6, chassis 3059), who were in third place at the time (behind the two Ferrari 860 Monza). Jean fought his way up to second place, so we were behind Fangio's leading Ferrari. When I took the wheel we were 66 seconds behind. In situations like this I took advantage of a huge adrenaline rush. I really loved the challenge of catching up. It pissed me off to brake later, to solve it sooner, back on the gas as soon as possible to be able to screw my lap times down without the car too hardto take. I took off Fangio for six seconds per lap. When he pitted for a refueling stop, I overtook him and won by 26 seconds. It was the second world championship success ever for Maserati. '

Competitors of the Maserati 300 S

Ferrari 860 Monza ( 1956, 4 cylinder, 3,432 ccm, 280 PS, 860 kg), Ferrari 290 MM (1956, V12, 3,491 ccm, 320 PS, 880 kg), Jaguar D-Type (from 1955: 6 cylinder line, 3,442 ccm, 250 PS , 862 kg), Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (1955, 8 cylinder inline, 2,979 ccm, 300 PS, 830 kg).

Technical data Maserati 300 S (1955 - 58)

Engine :

  • Liquid-cooled 6 cylinder in-line engine
  • 2 overhead camshafts, drive via gears
  • 2 valves per cylinder
  • 7-way crankshaft (thinwall)
  • Bore x stroke: 84 x 90 mm
  • Displacement: 2991 cm3
  • Compression: 9.5: 1
  • Output: 260 hp at 6500 rpm
  • Mixture preparation: 3 Weber 45 DCO 3
  • Ignition: Magnet (double ignition, Magne tti Marelli)
  • Special features: Construction by Ing.Giulio Alfieri

Power transmission :

  • Four-speed, from 1958 five-speed manual gearbox (synchronized)
  • Transaxle
  • Clutch: multi-plate dry clutch
Body /Chassis

  • Oval tubular frame (steel) made of longitudinal and transverse tubes with an open two-seater body made of aluminum (Fantuzzi)
  • Front suspension: independent suspension on double wishbones, coil springs
  • Rear suspension: De Dion axle, transverse leaf spring
  • Damping: hydraulic dampers (Houdaille)
  • Brakes: drum (hydraulically operated)
  • Steering: worm (worm and roller)
  • Wheels: front and rear 16 inches
  • Tires: front 6x16, rear 6.50x16
Dimensions /Weights

  • Wheelbase: 2,310 mm
  • Track front /rear: 1,300 /1,250 mm
  • Length x width x height: 4,165 x 1,651 x 1,054 mm
  • Weight (dry): 780 kg
Driving performance

  • Top speed: up to 280 km /h
Construction time /number of pieces

  • 1955 to 1958: 27 cars


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