Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, Wire 'Bodybuck' Model of the Maserati 'Birdcage' Tipo 61, 1959-1961
The Tipo 61 was one of Maserati’s legendary 'Birdcage' sports-racers from the late 1950s/early 1960s, so-called due to their intricate tubular space-frame chassis containing about 200 tubes welded together to give a light but rigid chassis. The Tipo 61 was a 3 litre version produced to compete in both the World Sportscar Championship and the American SCCA Championship. Always raced by privateers, it attracted the best drivers of the period, and became most closely associated with Lloyd Casner’s Camoradi team.
Despite so often setting the pace, the Tipo 61 was dogged by problems, most notably failing to win at Le Mans in either 1960 or 1961. Nevertheless, a Tipo 61 won Nurburgring in both seasons, and they also proved particularly successful in the the United States, winning class in the SCCA Championship both years.
The photos show the model before it has been painted, and the final version which is a model of chassis # 2458, which was driven to victory for the Camoradi team by Stirling Moss in the 1960 Cuban Grand Prix. The piece of bodywork clearly shows the famous blue and white livery and race number #7. The wire version can either be painted or unpainted, and be with or without a section of bodywork. Further details about the various options and race versions are available on request.
A 'wood' version of the Tipo 61 is also available. Please click on this link for more information: