1957 Maserati 450S

The stunningly beautiful Maserati 450S is one of the most legendary race cars of all time.  it was even more powerful than the fabled Ferrari 250 TR of the same era. This and other 450S’ were driven by the legends and icons of 1950’s motorsports. Unfortunately, the Maserati factory fell upon financial hardships and were unable to continue participating in racing.

 

Subsequently, privateers continued racing in the world sports car championship but were unable to have factory support, hindering their ability to further develop the Maserati race cars. Nevertheless, they barely lost the world championship in 1957. The Maserati 450S is truly a legendary sports racing car.

 

Maserati devised the 450S to take advantage of the new regulations that allowed cars with 4.5-liter engines to compete for the championship. The car utilized a new V-8 and a chassis modified from the existing and successful 300S model. Upon hearing the rumble of its engine reverberating off the city walls, partisans of the marque dubbed the 450S the Monster of Modena. And a monster it was, for if its sound did not scare you, then certainly its performance would. Rated at 400 hp and tipping the scales at less than 1,800 pounds, the car indeed yielded a monstrous performance. The 450S could reach 60 mph in 5.6 seconds on its way to its terminal speed of over 185 mph—remarkable accomplishments for 1957.

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