16 2016 a110 abarth christchurch alfa 4c alfa christchurch alfa giulia alfa nz alfa romeo alfa romeo 4c alfa romeo christchurch alfa romeo giulia alfa romeo new zealand alfa romeo nz alpine award captur car of the year car park china classic cars clio rs collectors vehicles collector vehicles developing distinction euromarque european vehicles expert tips f1 ferrari fiat fiat 500l fiat abarth new zealand fiat christchurch fiat nz formula 1 ghibli, giulia giulietta grancabrio grand prix granturismo guilia haval infiniti infiniti,xq50 italian jaguar koleos levante macan maserati maserati christchurch maserati ghibli s maserati levante maserati levante christchurch maserati levante new zealand maserati multi 70 maserati new zealand maserati nz maserati suv maserati tipo 151 megane monaco f1 gp monaco historique new zealand nurburgring pope francis porsche quadrifoglio quattroporte qv renaul christchurch renault renault captur renault captur christchurch renault captur new zealand renault christchurch renault clio renault clio christchurch renault clio rs renault clio rs christchurch renault clio special renault electric renault electric vans renault kangoo ze renault master renault megane renault new zealand renault nz renault review renault sport renault zoe rs sailing simon gault stelvio suv track, trafic trofeo van vintage cars
You can buy most modern Maseratis from Euromarque, but here's one you can't!
This is the Maserati Tipo 151 which is said to be the first car to hit 300kmh on the Mulsanne straight at Le Mans. With hefty V8 power, it was never able to win at the event, but it has to be one of the most striking competitors in an era - the mid-60s - when sports car racing got more publicity than Formula One.
The 151 was effectively built as the next logical step after the famous Tipo 61 Birdcage, Maserati. Just three Tipo 151s were originally built, for the 1962 season. Two 151s were sent to the US to be raced by Briggs Cunningham's operation. The illustrated car - numbered 002 by the Maserati factory was ordered and raced by Maserati France, in 1962. In 1963, 002 was extended with Drogo-style bodywork, it was further modified for 1964 and at Le Mans that year, it achieved its 300kmh clocking.
The Type 151s used a large, front mounted V8 engine supported by a ladder frame chassis design that was a simple recipe for LeMans. Using a Lucas fuel injected 4941cc engine that produced 430 bhp, the car's wheelbase and tracks were increased for the adoption of new 15 inch Borrani wheels and extra wide Dunlop tires.
During LeMans in '64, the car it was rumoured to have actually reached an unratified speed of 315 kmh down Mulsanne. During the race it was immediately brought into the pits, and after a jammed throttle was sorted, Andre Simon and Maurice Trintignant fought their way back up through the entire field. During the night, electrical problems forced them to retire.
Unfortunately, the 151 programme was not rewarded with victories it deserved, although the cars almost always held a top position before retiring. Probably, if more had been made and entered in multiple numbers, it would have won many events. Instead only two cars were built beyond the original prototype.