RARE REPLICA UP FOR AUCTION
MASERATI’S Tipo 61, better known as the Birdcage, was one of the world’s greatest sport-racing cars.
Built from 1959 to 1961, the car with its incredibly complex space frame of about 200 welded chrome-moly tubes, was described by Sir Stirling Moss as “the finest ever built”, while Le Mans winner Carroll Shelby said it was the best handling car he’d ever driven.
It was designed by Maserati’s chief engineer Giulio Alfieri, and just 16 of the intricate racers were ever built.
As a result, values of surviving examples have skyrocketed, with recent auction sales reaching close to $5 million.
In this finite market, the value of replica Tipo 61 Birdcage sports cars has also soared, particularly those by English coachbuilders Crosthwaite & Gar- diner – and one of them is going under the hammer at Shannons Summer Classic Auction in Melbourne on November 23.
Tipo 61 Chassis #2473 was built for Californian vintage racer and collector Don Orosco.
The re-creation, with every detail faithfully reproduced, took 12 years.
Bought by the present owner in 2008, the car with its Maserati factory engine, mated to a correct five-speed trans-axle, has since been shown at various events in Australia, including the Grand Prix.
Because of the quality and authenticity of its recreation, combined with the rapidly rising value of original Birdcage Maseratis, Shannons expect international interest and are quoting a conservative guiding range of $600,000-$700,000.
This replica Birdcage Maserati is on auction in Melbourne on November 23.