The first-ever Maserati 200 SI made, a works development prototype and raced by a dozen of the biggest names in 1950s racing?
Yes, yes and yes!
This 200 ‘Sport Internazionale’ is one of the most special cars ever to wear the Maserati trident.
The one-of-a-kind works racer is most distinctive due to its unpainted exterior. The aluminum and alloy panelwork is on proud display, along with racing history from every angle.
Chassis #2401 did not meet its (unknown) reserve price in the 2015 Gooding & Co. Amelia Island auction. Rumored to bring more than $5-million, it looks like the bidding stalled out around $4.7-million.
A very special, very beautiful car.
But hard to photograph. The long-nose design dips the front oval intake extremely low to the pavement, far lower than most high-riding racecars from the 1950s. An innovative approach, for sure, but a back-breaker for the photographer here.
Its owners were not too thrilled to have pics of the car snapped. You can see the gentleman scowling at me in many of the outdoor photos.
Worth it. A fantastic piece of Maserati history.
1956 Maserati 200 SI
Maserati Classiche Certified
Works Team and Development Car
Coachwork by Fantuzzi
- The Very First Maserati 200 S Built
- Maserati Factory Team Car with Exceptional International Racing History
- Raced by Moss, Musso, Behra, Bracco, Farina, Taruffi, and Villoresi
- Highly Original Example Certified by the Maserati Classiche Department
- Eligible for the Most Important Historic Races and Concours
- 1,993 CC DOHC Twin-Plug Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
- Twin Weber 45 DCO3 Carburetors
- 195 BHP at 7,500 RPM
- 5-Speed Manual ZF Gearbox
- 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
- Independent-Wishbone Front Suspension, Coil Springs, and Houdaille Shock Absorbers
- De Dion Rear Axle with Traverse Semi-Elliptical Leaf Spring and Houdaille Shock Absorbers
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