Friday, 1 June 2012

Maserati 300S

I don't know if you've ever tried pushing a priceless historic racing car across marshmallowy grass without touching the bodywork, but I can tell you first hand that it's not easy. Indeed, SuckSqueezeBangBlow found at the Chelsea Auto Legends press day that, although the Maserati 300S is lightweight and sylph-like, it takes a team of eight to manoeuvre it by hand. Why? Because that sumptuous superleggera aluminium is wafer-thin, and any sort of heavy-handed pressure would have deformed those gorgeous curves.
We didn't mind this one bit, of course. It just meant that we had more time to pore over the late-fifties splendour of the 300S, one of Modena's most revered and admired forms. Just 28 examples were built, powered by straight-sixes that shared their architecture with those of the iconic 250F Formula One cars, and the model remains a unicorn car for collectors; unsurprisingly, 300S owners tend to hang on to them for a while. You would, wouldn't you?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Am I being a complete Philistine for asking if the grille badge is upside-down?

juice said...

No, it is the right way up - it's a trident rather than a letter 'M'. ;)