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Italian Grand PrixItalian Grand Prix
31 Aug - 2 Sep 2018
Monza // Autodromo Nazionale Monza

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Panini Museum - Maserati car collection

Panini Museum - Maserati car collection

Str. Corletto Sud, 320, 41100 Modena MO, Italy Located on map ]

The Museum displays some unique pieces of Maserati Cars Collection of Umberto Panini, and it’s one of the finest collections dedicated to the Maserati. In Cittanova, a typical rustic town in the surroundings of Modena, are kept the cars that recall the most important steps in the history of the “Trident”, painstakingly assembled during the years.

Founded by the brothers Maserati and maintained by Omar Orsi, the collection remained intact until today, and now it is edited by West (owned by the Panini family) and includes 23 cars and 3 sets regularly restoration.

The collection
Among the models on display, there are some that are really rare and prestigeous, such as the Maserati 6 CM type, built from 1936 to 1939 in 27 exemplares only. This car, born from the concepts behind the V8RI, presented very advanced technical solutions, such as the front suspension torsion bars.

Also significant is the Maserati A6G/54, built from 1954 to 1957 and coachwork by Allemann . Following the tendency started with the A6G 2000, this car is equipped with an engine with double overhead camshaft, derived from the glorious A6GCS, and it represents a qualitative leap by the Maserati, thanks to the quality and finishes of the proposed qualifying accessory such as the car heating or the on-board radio.

Another interesting model is the Maserati Tipo A6GCS Berlinetta Pinin Farina. Following the successful debut in the'53 in the “Mille Miglia”, the A6GCS continued with increasing success in competitions, allowing the official and private pilots to obtain many victories. Only four copies of this model, usually produced by the body barchetta, were made by Pini Farina.

Maserati 3500 GT Touring Car body witnesses the transformation of the factory from producing sport competition cars to  the productions of gran tourism cars. Placed on the market in'57, the body was produced by Touring of Milan.

The single model produced of the 420M/58 Maserati Eldorado was built specifically for the Monza 500 Mile of '58, in which the great Stirling Moss fought for the top positions. The Eldorado introduced in Europe the total sponsorshipment of a racing car from a company that was not involved in the motor racing world.

The Maserati Mistral “Frua coachwork” was presented at the Salone di Torino in '63 and '64 and it was presented also in the “spider” version. It was an excellent combination of mechanical skills and elegant shape.

The Ghibli model with Ghia bodyshell was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. This gorgeous coupé (followed by a magnificent spider version built in 140 models) had an aggressive and runny appearance, but not too flashy. Recognized by the world as the best performance of sports car in the 1959, the Type 61 "Birdcage" it was produced in two different ways: the first 60 (2,000 cc), and then type 61. The two cars had in common the concept of great rigidity and lightness, represented by the unique construction of the chassis, composed of over 200 small sections of pipe of diameter 10, 12 and 15 mm, which formed a grid weighing just 36 kg.

The unique Maserati Simun, presented at the Salone di Torino in 1968, was the porposal of the Ghia to the Maserati, for the new 2 +2 coupe on the frame type 116, but the factory chose another solution with the “Indy” of the Carrozzeria Vignale.

The Collection also includes the "Bora", desined by Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Italdesign, and produced from the 1971 to the 1979. It was the first Maserati Gran Turismo with the central rear engine.

How to forget the Merak Turbo, unique exemplar, experimental prototype for the American market, and equipped with 3,000 cc engine turbocharged.

Very interesting also the Khamsin, designed by Bertone, and produced from 1972 to 1982, that replaced the Maserati Ghibli. Mechanical differences related to the Ghibli are the independent rear wheels and a new braking system produced by Citroen.

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