CMC M-149 Maserati Tipo 61 “Birdcage” #7, GP Cuba / Havana, Stirling Moss Signature Edition

6261e3a7d0 CMC M-149 Maserati Tipo 61 “Birdcage” #7, GP Cuba / Havana, Stirling Moss Signature Edition
€ 495
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Product description
The Cuban Grand Prix was launched under the Batista administration in 1957 and meant to attract wealthy tourists from the nearby USA primarily.

The race comprised 50 rounds, with a total distance of 260.5 kilometers, on a road course running along beach promenades of Havana, Cuba. The first race in 1957 was a huge success. And the laurels went to Juan Manuel Fangio on a Maserati 300 S. In the following year, however, Fangio was unable to attend the race, as he was abducted by anti-government rebels right in front of the hotel. The race itself was ill-starred, not only because of Fangio’s abduction, but also because Armando Garcia Cifuentes crashed his Ferrari into the crowd, killing seven spectators.

The racing event was called off in 1959 due to the impact of a rising revolution led by Fidel Castro. In 1960, the race resumed but was relocated to Camp Freedom.  There, the Cuban Grand Prix was held for the last time on an airfield. Stirling Moss participated in the race, drove a Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage with starting #7 from Camoradi, a USA private team, and won a commanding victory. Two NART-drivers finished next to him: Pedro Rodriguez who took the second place on a Ferrari 250 TR 59, and Masten Gregory who came out third on a Porsche 718.

Now available in an extremely small limited Edition of just 500 pieces worldwide including the original signature of Sir Stirling Moss.

Technical data of the original vehicle:

Maximum output: 250 hp at 6.800 rpm
Displacement: 2.890 ccm
Top speed: 285 km/h
Wheel base: 2.200 mm
Total length: 3.800 mm
Total weight: approx. 600 kg