Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Community Classifieds -

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.

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