Tipo 26B

Maserati Tipo 26B

For the Tipo 26B, the engine was enlarged to 2.0 litres, with the eight cylinders slightly bored out (by 2 mm) and the crankshaft stroke lengthened by 16 mm. Two of the eight engines made were bored out by another 2 mm in order to achieve 2.1 litres. Elektron alloy replaced the iron castings on later engines.

The supercharger was now fed by a single Memini carburettor that was swapped for a Weber in 1929 and the engine produced 155 bhp at 5,300 rpm. 4-speed gearbox. Lighter chassis with a wheelbase shortened by 7 cm from 1928. Reshaped 2-seater body with inclined radiator and a different number of bonnet louvres, coachbuilt by craftsmen already including a young Medardo Fantuzzi. Top speed claimed was between 180 and 210 km/h (112 to 130 mph).

Clients included Carlo Pedrazzini of Lugano and Juan Malcolm of Buenos Aires. One of three former works cars was classified 12th in the 500 Miles of Indianapolis race in 1930, driven by Letterio Cucinotta of Messina. The 1929 model in the Biscaretti Museum of Turin is the earliest complete Maserati known in existence today. Seven cars were made.

Technical data

0-60 mph
Bodywork aluminium-bodied two-seater racing car
Bore and stroke 62x82 mm
Brakes drum brakes, mechanical
Brakes front
Brakes rear
Chassis ladder frame, with two longitudinal steel girders and cross members
Compression ratio 5.6:1
Cooling system centrifugal pump
Displacements (unitary)
Dry weight 1,587/1,719 lbs (720-780 kg)
Engine in-line 8
Engine weight
First race
Front Tyres
Front suspension leaf springs and friction dampers
Front track
Fuel & lubricant
Fuel feed Roots supercharger, two Memini Super carburettors (Weber from 1929) mounted ahead of the supercharger
Fuel tank 17.60 Imp. gall.( 80 litres)
Gear ratios
Height 49.21 in. (1,250 mm)
Ignition single-plug, Bosch or Scintilla magneto
Kerb weight
Length 144.48 in. (3,670 mm)
Lubrication dual oil pumps (pressure and scavenge)
Maximum power 155 bhp at 5,300 rpm
Maximum torque
Model Tipo 26B
One mile
Production dates 1927-1930
Production start 1927
Quarter mile
Rear Tyres
Rear suspension leaf springs and friction dampers
Rear track
Steering worm gear
Timing gear two valves per cylinder set in a 90°V, twin overhead camshafts
Top speed 112-130 mph (180-210 km/h)
Total displacement 1,980.5 cc
Transmission 4-speed + reverse
Tyres front 5.00x18; rear 5.50x18; Dunlop
Weight distribution
Wheelbase 104.33 in. (2,650 mm); from 1928 101.57 in. (2,580 mm)
Wheels wire wheels, front 3.00x18, rear 3.25x18
Width 59.05 in. (1,500 mm)