1956 Maserati "Tipo 52" 200 S

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Maserati 200S were twenty-eight racing cars made by Maserati of Italy, to take over for the aging Maserati A6 GCS racing variants.

The Tipo 52 development started in 1952, led by Giulio Alfieri. The car had a 1994.3 cc inline-four cylinder light-alloy engine, dual OHV per cylinder and DOHC camshafts, double Weber 50DCO3 (first few cars only) or 45DCO3 carburetors. It output 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) at 7500 rpm. Many chassis components were identical to the Maserati 150S, except the rigid rear axle inherited from the Maserati A6.

Maserati made the first three chassis internally, but outsourced a tubular chassis to Gilco.

The first five aluminum bodies were, as for the Maserati 150S, by Celestino Fiandri, and the 23 final by Medardo Fantuzzi.

No wins were seen in its first year of 1955, first by Franco Bordoni at the 1955 San Marino Grand Prix, followed by Giovanni Braccoand Bordoni at the 1955 Targa Florio. Driver Benoît Nicolas Musy died in a 200S at 'Autodrome de Montlhéry, France (1956). In 1957 the name was changed to Maserati 200SI, Sport Internazionale, to signify its conformance to international sports car racing rules. In 1958 the engine was made bigger (2.5 litres) and the car was named as 250S. The car scored a resounding victory with Stirling Moss at the wheel during the 1956 Trofeo Supercortemaggiore. He beat four Ferrari 500TRs and described the car as “very quick on twisty circuits” and “handled really nicely”.

 

The car here on my pictures is chassis #2402  and is the second 200 S ever made after chassis #2401 who was the factory prototype and raced to victory at 1956 Trofeo Supercortemaggiore (Monza) on hands of the giant pilot Sir Stirling Moss.

Notes from this specific car

Chassis 2402

Engine  2402

The car was built on 25 April 1956 (evidently it was not a public holiday) and handed over to Gilberto Cornacchia, son of Franco
Cornacchia a Maserati dealer in Milan and ex-pilot colleague of Enzo Ferrari, to participate in the Mille Miglia of that year. On 2/09/1956 the car raced in Monza G.P. piloted by Brazilian F1 race driver named Chico Landi. At the end of 1956 the car was bought by the Neapolitan pilot Mennato Boffa, who ran with good results the seasons 1957-1958-1959, participating in the Sassi-Seborga, Trieste-Opicino and G.P. of Naples.

In 1960 Mennato Boffa exchanged this Maserati 200 S with a Birdcage, since then the car has remained in factory scrapyard for decades until the first months of 1999 when with other "pieces" was purchased by Panini di Modena, one of the most important collectors in Italy.
Since 1999 it is owned by a Gentleman Driver of Milan, passionate about the Trident. 

The car photographed by me at Circuito di Avezzano 2015 & 2016.

The car #2401 (factory prototype) scored a resounding victory with Stirling Moss at the wheel during the 1956 Trofeo Supercortemaggiore. He beat four Ferrari 500TRs and described the car as “very quick on twisty circuits” and “handled really nicely.” This is the official Maserati picture from the 200 SI, means Sport Internationale.

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