The Great Challenge Ferrari- Maserati


Text: Jacky FAVRE - Photos: Christelle SOMMEREISEN - Jacky FAVRE

After visiting Maranello and its Museo Ferrari, it's time to go into detail on the new Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari.
It's divided into two parts: The birthplace of Enzo Ferrari, which has been rebuilt and is home unexpectedly a few things about the history of his life. This part is however prohibited for the pictures, only a visit will let you discover.
The second part, a completely modern architecture houses the showroom for a few months that present vehicles according to a specific theme. During my visit is the Great Challenge Ferrari and Maserati was discussed. Do not forget that Modena is the foremost stronghold of the Trident brand.
Before that Ferrari bought Maserati, the fight was in all competitions.

The comparison of the two marks were not only sports but also commercial with cars to usage Gran Turismo. If Ferrari selling its cars to fund racing, Maserati quickly understood the interest of sale for sale. "The Ferrari-Maserati Grandi Sfide" translate the Great Challenge Ferrari-Maserati is only focused on competition, whether an example that you find at the end and that was not presented during the full exhibition.

Exposure models in a space so vast can appreciate each vehicle from all angles. But the order of presentation does not seem to be very important for them. To better compare the two brands and to understand the evolution of the Italian automobile racing, I have classified the cars in chronological order.

Begin with a replica (this is not me who invented it, it's deliberately written) Maserati V5 in 1934. The proportions of cars of that era are still impressive. Can not imagine riding with such a template today!

Let the time of the war in 1952 to get this amazing Ferrari 375 Indy. One of the few racing Ferrari at the time not to be red. As its name suggests, it was designed to run the 500Miles Indianapolis, but this copy will never be qualified to start.

The following Ferrari is more than famous for Solicitating win the Mille Miglia in 1953. It is the 340MM #0280AM, one of 5 bodied by Vignale Spyder.

In a completely different style, here is a 500 Mondial 1954 (0410MD). The difference between Vignale and Scaglietti for this one is obvious. For the rest it is a matter of taste. Against mechanical side, we passed the V12 to 4 cylinders.

The same year the 750 Monza (# 0470MD) with V12 did not win big palmares and the car was destroyed during a race. It has now recovered a good appearance.

In front, Maserati underway with A6GCS.

Also in 1954, Maserati developed the 250F. This model is said Interim precisely because it is an evolution of the A6GCM singleseat version of the previous A6GCS . Not far away is a copy of the 6-cylinder 2.5-liter 270hp 8 000rpm.

A year later, the Ferrari 857S is an engine evolution of the 750 Monza. Astonishingly this copy has S/N: 0578M / 0584M / 0203M

1956 Maserati will also review its copy to increasing its cylinder capacity for the V6 350S.

And for road races, the A6G/54 coachwork by zagato. The attention to detail on the grille Trident was not the priority at the time.

1957. The 500 becomes TRC but still designed by Scaglietti. # 0658MDTR here, I hope that at the time it was equipped with a gearbox because there ...

Dino, Enzo's son was on track to follow in the footsteps of his father, the proof is with the Ferrari Dino # 0011

Faced with Testa Rossa of 1957, Maserati develops the 200SI. A remarkable work of coachbuilder.

Aesthetically, the 450S is close to 200SI see just before, but mechanically, moving from a 4-cylinder 2 liters to 4.5 liters V12.

Ferrari 250 GT Tour De France 1958 #0793GT.

The following Maserati is a car that I had ever seen. It is simply named Eldorado. Her dress is pure white highlighted by touches of color. It may be noted that the pilot and the engine is not centered. The first is shifted to the right while the engine is on the left. Stirling Moss piloted in the 1958.

Very bad enhancement at the entrance to the Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe Aérodinamico # 2809 is yet very beautiful. Pininfarina design.

Here is a car viewed recement at the Villa d'Este: The Maserati Tipo 63 Chassis 002 1961. It is easily recognizable by its white dress with blue stripes and high exhaust.

330 GT Engine.

The last car of this exhibition is the Ferrari 330P (here # 0818) who finished second at Le Mans in '64. Needless to say it is the first of the famous P series.

To conclude the visit, here are two original pieces as rare. In fact, boat builders did not hesitate to borrow mechanical automobiles to develop their craft.

We have firstly the famous San Marco Racer powered by the engine of 375MM developing 340hp to reach 200km / h. Built for pure speed, his body seems almost to end of a car is placed on a wooden hull.
It dates from 1957. I delighted to discover true.

In 1963 Maserati will also see its mechanics on San Marco but a racing runabout which is more pleasure in the category.

Thus ends this visit, the next step is finding this trip is a passage in Sant'Agata.

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