Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Maserati Tipo 61 2459 Restoration Documentation

Maserati Tipo 61 2459 Issued Historic Technical Passport/FIA Class: TSRC4 Documents by Motor Sport Association on August 27, 2010 After a Lengthy Restoration.

This will be useful for anyone who has questioned the authenticity of the restoration process for the Birdcage. I have found evidence that supports the entire process. Please read the following and check out the documents that support my information.

First, let's talk about where the restoration first took place- the Maserati Tipo 61 2459 Birdcage began in Modena, Italy where the Maserati Factory is located.  An Italian collector spent many years locating proper Birdcage parts.  The chassis was restored correctly using over 200 small diameter chrome-molybdenum steel tubes of varying lengths and thickness which were welded with the same Italian process duplicating what the factory did during the original production of these cars.

The Maserati Tipo 61 No. 2459 engine was rebuilt by Franco Tralli also in Modena, Italy and upon completion was Dyno'd to check operation and horsepower of the engine. 

Click Here  for a copy of the Maserati Tipo 61-2459 Dyno Report.

The chassis and engine of the Maserati Tipo 61 2459 were then shipped to Steve Hart Racing in England where they were reunited with other original Birdcage parts for the completion of the restoration.

Click Here for a copy of the letter from Steve Hart listing the original parts used. 

Finally, the completed car was submitted to Motor Sports Association in April 2010.  They carried out an extensive inspection on Maserati Tipo 61-2459 and issued the Historic Technical Passport/FIA Class: TSRC4 Documents to the new owners on August 27, 2010.

This car is considered the most accurate and correct Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage.  Only 22 Birdcages were ever produced and only a few have the FIA stamp of approval which allows the car to be accepted at any racing venue in the world.

Click Here to view the complete FIA stamp of approval.