Maserati 250F Grand Prix Car
The Maserati 250F is unique among Grand Prix cars in having longevity that spanned seven years of racing and claimed association with a lengthy list of racing greats including Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Alberto Ascari, Peter Collins, Mike Hawthorn and many more. The 250F was crucially important in carrying Juan Manuel Fangio to two of his five World Championship-winning seasons in 1954 and 1957.
A logical development of the factory’s successful two-litre car, the 250F model was originally intended to be produced for customer sales but early tests convinced the company to form a last-minute factory team. With Fangio driving, Maserati won the first two championship races of the new 2.5-litre formula in 1954. The factory then resumed their program of selling cars to privateers and offering full support. An equally impressive list of customers began to take shape. Prince Bira, Harry Schell, Roy Salvadori, Toulo de Graffenried and others took delivery and began winning at both national and international levels.
Built at the end of 1955 as one of four all-new cars ready to start the 1956 Grand Prix season, chassis 2522 was shipped to Argentina for the first Grand Prix and driven by 1956 team leader Stirling Moss, who scored an encouraging second place in Buenos Aires.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2009 at Ferrari S.p.A., Fiorano Modenese, Modena.
270 bhp at 8,000 rpm, 2,494 cc six-cylinder engine with twin overhead camshafts, five-speed gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, de Dion rear axle with transverse leaf spring, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,880 mm (113.4 in.)
Source: RM Auctions
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