Robb Design Portfolio: Beautiful Birdcage: 1959 Maserati Tipo 61

Resembling the intricate fossilized remains of an ancient flying reptile, the frame of the fabled Maserati “Birdcage” is an assemblage of over 200 steel segments wrapped in a svelte aluminum skin. This fabulous sports racer was designed by Giulio Alfieri, Maserati’s chief design en-gineer, and a total of 21 examples were produced between 1959 and 1961. The Tipo 61’s 2.9-liter, 4-cylinder engine developed250 bhp and topped out at 165 mph. Unquestionably one of the most important Italian cars ever built, and perhaps the greatest Maserati of them all, a Tipo 60 recently brought more than $2 million at Christie’s, making it an undisputed classic investment for a serious enthusiast.

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