Maserati 300 S, 1956.
One of the models most famous in the history of the motor classic is the Maserati 300 S. Although it is not a model as valued as his predecessor, 250 F, these frames are an integral part of the rich historical legacy and sport of the Italian brand, associated to the major successes of the firm founded by the brothers Maserati. In the case of the copy that will be auctioned off next month by Bonhams in Pebble Beach, in addition we find a pedigree really particular, as this unit counts among its history, with a name like Juan Manuel Fangio.
The Maserati 300 S, 1956, was the evolution of the legendary Maserati 250 F, from which it takes not a few mechanical elements and frame, but on the contrary to what it may seem, is not a simple update of the previous model.
Although the engine and transmission transaxle were an evolution of the employees in the 250 F, the Maserati 300 S employed a new and lightweight tubular frame type Trellis, very evolved with respect to the tubular normal 250 F. The outline of brakes and suspension also broke the previous model, although it included a new solid rear axle type De Dion. The engine of six cylinders in line and twin overhead cam cubicaba 500 c. c. more than in the 250 previous, 3.0-liter, and delivering 248 HP (245 hp) at 6,200 rpm thanks to the use of 3 Weber carbs, a lot of power for its small size and weight at that time.
original State and history of sports.
The own images of the engine are as attractive as those of the winding body. This was the work of coachbuilder Fantuzzi, who came to assemble up to 28 units of 300 S. His debut in 1955 was not too good, suffering from various reliability problems, however, in 1956, Maserati managed to turn it into a winning horse.
In the case of this unit, the number of frame 3069, despite being originally one of the chassis employees in an official way by the brand in competition, was after its sale to an individual when he managed to achieve his greatest hits, with no less than Juan Manuel Fangio his commanders managed to take the victory in the Major Prizes in Portugal and Brazil of the season 1957. So the historical importance of this issue is evident.
Another of the great names associated with the Maserati 300 S, although not to this unit, was the of Sir Stirling Moss, who came to declare that the 300 S was one of his favorite models, one of the best racing cars that raced never. Moss came to defeat in Buenos Aires and the Nürburgring in a mount similar, which serves as an example of the value of the model for the brand. This has some estimates that will point to a value between 6 and 7 million dollars in the next event at Bonhams in Pebble Beach.