Maserati Tipo 61: the 60th anniversary of its triumph at the Nürburgring

An anniversary to remind us that good sporting DNA will always be victorious. From racing roots to a new future on the track with MC20.

On 28th May, Maserati celebrates a significant anniversary; exactly 60 years ago, the Tipo 61 achieved an amazing victory at the seventh edition of the Nürburgring 1,000 kilometres, the great endurance classic held at the Nordschleife in Germany which reached the height of its splendour and popularity in those very years. 

With this success, the Maserati Tipo 61 driven by Masten Gregory and Lloyd Casner recorded a memorable double, winning again just one year after the victory achieved in 1960, with Stirling Moss at the wheel alongside Dan Gurney.

The cars were customised with white and blue paintwork, the colours which inspired the Maserati MC12 Stradale, as a tribute to these victories. This supercar, which dominated the early 2000s, recently handed over the torch to the new MC20, renewing the racing spirit that has always been integral to Maserati’s DNA, and which is preparing the way for the Trident’s motorsports comeback. 

The Tipo 61 was the best known of the series of five models designed by Giulio Alfieri, nicknamed “Birdcage” for its unusual chassis, an intricate structure containing about 200 tubes, combined in a complex assembly that resembled a birdcage. This construction method provided a more rigid chassis that was also lighter than the other racing cars of the time, making this two-seater barchetta the ultimate and best solution for front-engined, rear-wheel drive racers.

Maserati began building the Tipo 60 in March 1959, but by November of the same year it was already being transformed into the Tipo 61, to comply with the technical regulations required to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The displacement of the four-cylinder engine was modified to 2,900 cc, while its power output became 250 hp at 7,000 rpm. Otherwise, the car retained the layout and solutions already adopted for the Tipo 60. Moreover, its weight increased from 570 to 600 kg and its top speed from 270 to 285 km/h. 

In spite of its massive power output, fuel consumption was still fairly low, and this was vital in endurance races, where the Tipo 61 was able to reduce the number of refuelling stops. 

In just three years of production, from 1959 to 1961, the Tipo 60 and the Tipo 61 reigned supreme on the international racing scene, with power and speed that led to a series of extraordinary wins, continuing the victorious tradition of Maserati which now, at the start of its new Era, is once again planning a future in motorsports, under the banner of the MC20.

 

Key technical features of the Tipo 60 - Tipo 61:

Engine: vertical straight four

Displacement: 1,990 cc - 2,890 cc

Power output: 200 - 250 hp

Gearbox: Mechanical five speed + reverse en-bloc with the differential casing

Chassis: birdcage

Weight: 570 kg - 600 kg

Top speed: 270 km/h - 285 km/h

 

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Ghibli
Ghibli
Levante
Levante
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MC20

Ghibli

Ghibli
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
267 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD

Ghibli S

Ghibli S
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.9 sec
Max speed
286 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD

Levante

Levante
Starting from JOD 119,000
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
6.0 sec
Max speed
251 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante S

Levante S
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.2 sec
Max speed
264 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante GTS

Levante GTS
Starting from JOD 175,000
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.2 sec
Max speed
292 km/h
Max power
530 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante Trofeo

Levante Trofeo
Starting from JOD 220,000
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
3.9 sec
Max speed
304 km/h
Max power
580 HP
Traction
AWD

Quattroporte

Quattroporte
Starting from JOD 147,000
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
270 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD

Quattroporte S

Quattroporte S
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.0 sec
Max speed
288 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD

Quattroporte GTS

Quattroporte GTS
Starting from JOD 210,000
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.7 sec
Max speed
310 km/h
Max power
530 HP
Traction
RWD

MC20 Coupé

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Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
3000 cc
Acceleration
<2,9 sec
Max speed
>325 km/h
Max power
630 HP
Traction
RWD
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Build and Price

Every Maserati is like a work of art constructed with the care and attention that only the human hand can provide.
Ghibli
Ghibli

Ghibli

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
267 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD

Ghibli S

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.9 sec
Max speed
286 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD
Levante
Levante

Levante

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
6.0 sec
Max speed
251 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from JOD 119,000

Levante S

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.2 sec
Max speed
264 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante GTS

Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.2 sec
Max speed
292 km/h
Max power
530 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from JOD 175,000

Levante Trofeo

Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
3.9 sec
Max speed
304 km/h
Max power
580 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from JOD 220,000
Quattroporte
Quattroporte

Quattroporte

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
270 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from JOD 147,000

Quattroporte S

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.0 sec
Max speed
288 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD

Quattroporte GTS

Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.7 sec
Max speed
310 km/h
Max power
530 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from JOD 210,000
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MC20

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V6
Displacement
3000 cc
Acceleration
<2,9 sec
Max speed
>325 km/h
Max power
630 HP
Traction
RWD
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