Birdcage 75th Concept Car


The story of an Italian car designer.

« Allow me to recount a personal story concerning at least one of these cars. I made a decision in 2005 that I would leave Pininfarina, keeping a promise I had made to myself during the early part of my career: that of freeing myself of the invasive presence of work as soon as possible, and return to being the master of my own time. So I wanted to conclude my 20 years of managing Pininfarina style in an ideal circle which, starting from the 1989 Ferrari Mythos — my first concept car — would complete my career with a design for a great Italian marque of the same impact.
The Maserati Birdcage was the last concept car presented by Pininfarina under my direction and no way was it just another project to me.
Like the Mythos to Ferrari, it was homage to the visionary prototypes of the Italian body stylists’ heyday between 1965 and 1972.
A concept that pushed the envelope of research was at every show and aged those of the previous year’s event about which we had become so enraptured. Maserati’s character is represented by the great volumes of their wings applied to a tapered central body crossed by a transparent strip.
The cockpit opening is a clear reference to the 512 S and Modulo prototypes. The ring-type front and rear optical groups’ shape and graphics pre-empted those of the GranTurismo for which they were defined; the shape of the air intake was inspired by that of the Ghibli. The wheel design found its way onto the popular GranTurismo.
Like the Mythos, the Birdcage 75th was judged the most beautiful concept car of the year».

(L. Ramaciotti, from "Maserati – Un secolo di storia")

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