Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Maserati 450S

This car took part in the Champagne Charles Heidsieck Sports Car Race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1993.
It's a 1957 Maserati 450S and was raced at this meeting by the owner, Thomas Bscher of Germany. The 450S had a 4½ litre V8 engine and was produced by Maserati to challenge for the 1957 World Sportscar Championship as the 3 litre 300S was considered to be too underpowered to have a chance of winning that series. Maserati finished in second place in the Championship winning 2 of the 7 races, the Sebring 12 Hour race and the 1000km Swedish Grand Prix at Kristianstad. Thomas Bscher's car was is variously described as being serial number 4505 and 4506 and was originally built for John Edgar of the USA, being fitted with a Pontiac engine at one point when the original engine was blown and returned to the works for repair.

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