(Austin, Texas – April 28, 2014) Motostalgia, one of the world’s leading catalog collector car auction companies, presents a rare 1960 Maserati Birdcage “Tipo 61/60” at the upcoming collector car auction, May 2, 2014, during Keels & Wheels Concours d’ Elegance in Seabrook, Texas. The Austin-based auction house was selected to produce the return of a rare car auction at the acclaimed annual weekend event celebrating vintage boats and classic cars.
In the early 1950s, one of Italy’s premier racing brands, Maserati, wanted to be at the front of creating light cars with smaller, more powerful engines and great performance. It was under these conditions that the legendary “Birdcage” was born. Sir Stirling Moss would later establish a number of track records with this car at Nurburgring and be quoted as saying of the early Tipo 60, “A fabulous car — light, very nimble, fantastic brakes, super steering, enormous torque, and good power.”
The Maserati presented is offered with proper Historic Technical Passport/FIA Class TSRC4 documentation. The unique techniques used to bring this Birdcage back to glory were executed to Maserati’s highest standards. The painstaking task of locating skilled craftsmen who knew the secret welding processes used in the original build, and locating the proper small diameter chrome-molybdenum steel tubes correct to Maserati standards were two challenges that were met for this project.
The Tipo 61 chassis presented was completed by the renowned Steve Hart restoration and race preparation shop in England in November of 2007. This Maserati has 200 bhp, 1,989 cc twin-cam, in-line 4-cylinder Tipo 60 engine with dual Weber 48 carburetors, 5-speed manual transaxle, Tipo 61 tubular trellis frame, independent front suspension with coil springs, de Dion rear axle with transverse leaf springs, and 4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.
Motostalgia’s Keels & Wheels Collector Car Auction will take place Friday, May 2, 2014, beginning with a preview at 10 a.m. followed by a Preview Cocktail Party at noon. The auction runs from 3 to 9 p.m. Guest passes are available for $20; bidder packages are available for $200 (bidder plus guest) and $400 for VIP bidder plus guest. All bidders receive a 200-plus page collector’s color catalog that takes readers on a journey of automotive history while displaying the assembled collection of cars offered for sale during the auction. To purchase tickets and bidder packages, visit http://www.motostalgia.com/houston-event-details/
About Motostalgia: Motostalgia specializes in catalog auctions offering the rarest and finest automobiles, procuring consignments and collections from around the globe. The company is based in Austin, Texas, at 10202 FM 620 North, 78726 with offices in Mexico City and Monte Carlo, Monaco. Motostalgia was founded by Antonio Brunet from his lifelong passion of collecting rare and fine automobiles. With an intense schedule of globe-trotting to find the finest automobiles that can be offered, Motostalgia is one of the few auction houses to bring international offerings to the U.S. market. Visit motostalgia.com or call 512-813-0636 for more information. Like Motostalgia on Facebook and follow on Twitter.
About Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance: Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance is a weekend-long, nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage wooden boat show that takes place each spring at the Lakewood Yacht Club, at 2425 NASA Parkway, in beautiful Seabrook, Texas. Founded by Lakewood Board Members Bob Fuller and Paul Merryman in 1995, today Keels & Wheels welcomes approximately 200 cars and 100 boats. Named one of the Best Auto Events of 2014 by MSN.com, Keels & Wheels has raised more than $1.3 million for local charities, while drawing thousands of participants and spectators from all over the U.S. and Europe.
Proceeds from the 2014 event will again benefit the Boys & Girls Harbor, whose mission is to provide a home and safe environment for abandoned and abused children and healthy, comprehensive care for children and families in crisis. For more information please view the YouTube Video, visit www.keels-wheels.com or follow us on Facebook