1960 Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’


The 1960 Maserati Tipo 61, otherwise known as the Maserati Birdcage, is as cool as it looks. This beast was created for endurance events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance classic. The nickname Birdcage comes from the space frame chassis made from 200 TIG welded chro-moly steel tubes. This car looks like a cross between speed racer, James Bond and a 1955 Jaguar D-Type.

In 1960 the Maserati Birdcage was the ultimate in technology. Much like a fighter plane the Tipo 61 is built to kill it’s competitors but not keep the driver comfortable while doing it.  It’s beauty comes from its purpose built function as races like Le Mans had some quirky requirements so some of the engineering feats and oddities were born because of them. Regardless of the reasons it was built we believe that it may be the most beautiful car that we have ever seen.

The good news is that you can go pick up one for yourself at auction from RM Auctions in London on the  8th – 9th, 2013. We don’t yet know the reserve price for this car as it has not yet been published by RM Auctions. The only data we could find, related to price, for this car was one that sold at another auction for $3,276,627.

Photo Credit: Tim Scott ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions

Source: Vice Spy