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Maserati Tipo 151/4 recreation

This Maserati Tipo 151/4 recreation was built by Motorima Coachbuilding of Sweden over about 4,000 hours between 2011-2013. The original Tipo 151 raced at Le Mans between 1962-1964 and was sent back to the factory after each race for subsequent revisions, resulting in the 151/2 and 151/3 iterations. For the 1965 Le Mans 24 Hours, Maserati created the 151/4 by revising the frame, body, and engine. The driver, “Lucky” Casner, wrecked the car during practice and was killed in the accident, and the original car was then destroyed after removing the engine to power the Tipo 65 two months later.

This car utilizes a modified 1969 Maserati Mexico donor chassis and 4.2-liter V8, which was rebuilt with quad Weber carburetors and is mated with a ZF five-speed gearbox. A custom-fabricated tubular structure was also built by Motorima to undergird the aluminum bodywork.

Giulio Alfieri designed the original Tipo 151’s body shape, and refined it through wind tunnel testing at Milan University. The body resembled the Frank Costin-designed and Zagato-bodied 450S, but featured a Kamm tail. For this recreation, the chassis was fitted with a lightweight tube frame that supports hand-crafted body panels made from aluminum.

At the 1962 Le Mans race, Johnny Simone drove the original Tipo 151, which was finished in red with a tri-stripe representing France’s colors. This car features a French-inspired livery and is finished in white with dual red stripes and a central blue stripe. Note the rear-mounted spare, which is framed by the rear window and tubular frame structure.

A custom mold was produced for the laminated front windscreen. Both doors open half-way up the side due to the longitudinal frame tubes and lateral fuel tanks. The suspension, braking system, and related components were refurbished during the build. 15″ Ruote Borrani knock-off wire wheels measure 6.5″ in width up front and 7.5″ out back. Dunlop CR65 tires show date stamps from 2017 and 2018.

Inside, the bucket seats and center tunnel are upholstered in grey leather, while OMP harnesses are fitted for both the driver and passenger. The roll cage extends into the front of the cabin, and a wood-rim steering wheel is equipped. Per the seller the lights, switchgear, horn, gauges, wipers, and auxiliaries are all functional. Approximately 950 miles have been added since the build was completed, though this will increase as the car is being driven on the streets of Monterey this week.

Primary instrumentation consists of a Maserati-branded Smiths tachometer with a 5,500-rpm redline, along with Smiths and Lucas auxiliary gauges. A Smiths 300 km/h speedometer from the donor Mexico is mounted underneath the dashboard just forward of the shifter, and its integral odometer shows 44k kilometers.

The 4.2-liter DOHC V8 was transplanted from the 1969 Maserati Mexico donor, which is shown in the photo gallery. It was disassembled, bored and honed, and rebuilt with four Weber carburetors, an aluminum radiator, electric fan, foam-filled aluminum fuel tank, and other upgrades. The ZF five-speed gearbox was also rebuilt, including new synchros.

Images Courtesy of BaT.

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