‘Birdcage’ Maserati on auction docket at Schloss Dyck

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Birdcage Maserati joins docket for Coys auction in Germany | Coys photos

A 1959 Maserati Tipo 60/61 “Birdcage” prepared for racing by Alfred Momo is on the docket for Coys auction scheduled for August 4 at the Classic Days collector car shows and Masterpieces & Style concours d’elegance at Schloss Dyck in Germany.

“This historic Maserati is a light and powerful sports racer produced in 1959-1960 that exhibits superb aerodynamics,” Coys said in its news release. 

1963 Maserati 3500 GTi among cars that will be offered for bidding

“It acquired its nickname ‘Birdcage’ because of the exceptional design engineered by Giulio Alfieri. It has an intricate tubular frame and chassis made up of approximately 200 small diameters, chrome-molybdenum steel tubes of varying lengths and thicknesses welded together with a unique Italian process.”

Coys adds that the car gained its Historic Technical Passport/FIA class documents in 2010, making it eligible for such events as the Classic Le Mans, Goodwood Revival, etc.

“This car offers a collector a chance to own a unique race car,” added Chris Routledge, Coys chief executive. “It is going to be sold with a large amount of documentation, photographs, full rebuild invoices from Steve Hart Racing and confirmation of the cars original components used directly from Momo.”

Also on the auction docket is another Alffieri design, a 1963 Maserati 3500 GTi Superleggera by Touring. 

“The car is finished in arguably the best color combination for a 3500 -– gunmetal gray over red,” Coys said. “This wonderful example of the marque is also reported to be in excellent mechanical order.”

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A 1921 Wolseley set records, this is a re-creaiton of that car

Also on the docket is a re-creation of the 1921 Wolseley 200-Mile Record Car. Coys reports that the car, which had been in dry storage, was acquired in 2003 by Stephen Battye for his Yorkshire Car Museum and was stripped and reassembled.

Other featured vehicles include one of 576 1933 MG L-Type Magna Tourers, a 1977 Maserati Bora 4.9, and a 2003 Porsche 996 GT3 Cup racer.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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