Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Sublime Birdcage (Again)

I've posted about the Tipo 60/61 Birdcage Maserati before, but can't resist putting up these pictures. When you see pictures of most of the racing sports cars of the late 1950's, you want to jump in and drive them.  At least I do.  It's a long list: Aston Martin DB3S and DBR1, Ferrari 250 TR, Jaguar D-Type, Maserati 300 S, Mercedes 300 SLR.  I wouldn't kick the big-engine Ferraris out of the garage either (290MM, 315 and 335 S).  None gives me that feeling more than the small and agile Birdcage.

Sport car: nothing here that you don't need to drive it.  Oh, and a straight pipe ending at the driver's door is required.

Pause to enjoy the visual feast--then close the hood, settle in, and push the starter button...

A bit smaller than a modern hot hatch,  with 50% of the weight and 50% more power.  (Pic is from the Targa Florio.) 

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