Friday, 28 October 2011

Maserati 450S Costin-Zagato Coupé

If Cosworth to you means DFVs or YBs, here's an early Costin that might give your perceptions a new filter.
This 1957 Maserati 450S actually started life as a '56 convertible model, and was raced by no less than Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss in the Buenos Aires 1000km; Costin acquired the car in '57, sent it to Zagato and gave them a typically specific spec brief. The car that returned, that you see in the photos here, was then raced by Moss at Le Mans. There are a lot of iconic names associated with chassis #4501 and it's a shame that its mechanical gremlins never allowed it to finish a race, although it is heartening that it was subject, much later, to a full restoration by Medardo Fantuzzi, and again later by Faralli & Mazzanti.
It's quite easy on the eye, isn't it?

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