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The Mantaray Hot Rod – A Film Star!

Ever wondered what happened to the pre-war Maserati Grand Prix cars - we see many at Goodwood and other race circuits in historic racing, however they ended up in all sorts of odd places. The Mantaray hot rod was built by Dean Jeffries in 1963 - he was a buddy of Carroll Shelby of AC…
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The Caterham Levante V8

When I heard about this car I thought that it was amazing that someone should squeeze a Maserati Levante V8 into the Caterham 7 - the successor to the hugely successful Lotus Seven and the official Seven after they bought the rights from Lotus. In its base form the Caterham is a very quick, light…
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1975 Maserati Khamsin “Resto Mod”

In 1974 Maserati started production of the Khamsin, a front engined grand tourer with a 4.9 litre V8 - seen in other models like the Indy, Kyalami etc. Designed by Gandini when he was at Bertone, it was - and still is - a beautiful car. We are fortunate to have at least one in…
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Maserati 4CL at Philip Island

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  • Maserati 4cl – Tazio Nuvolari

This is a nice story from club member Colin, who saw this beautiful machine down on the Island recently.

Cometh the event; cometh the car.

The event was the recent Phillip Island Classic and the car was a 1939 Maserati 4CL owned by Paddins Dowling from the USA.

The 4CL was designed by Ernesto Maserati and manufactured in 1939 as a rival to both ERA (English Racing Automobiles) and the Alfa Romeo 158. More powerful, wider, lighter and lower; the 4CL was a significant improvement on its predecessor the 6CM.

However, WW2 intervened and the car was largely raced after the war dominating Grand Prix racing up to 1950. Luigi Villoresi, Tazio Nuvolari (shown), Giorgio Pelassa and Frenchman Raymond Sommer all tasted success with the 4CL in that era. The 4CL was superceded by the 4CLT/48 and then, in turn, by the 4CLT/50 but neither had the success of the original.

The Phillip Island event was not the 4CL’s “finest hour”. Paddins struggled with the Maserati gremlins and didn’t get much value from his entry fee in terms of laps completed. The car, however, looked an absolute picture and just oozed Italian “master” engineering.

It is hoped that both he and the car will return in the near future.

These photographs not only show Paddins mothering his 4CL but include one of Nuvolari on his way to victory in a similar 4CL in the 1946 GP des Nations.

Maserati 4CL at Philip Island

Maserati 4CL at Philip Island

Getting Ready to Roll at Philip Island

Getting Ready to Roll at Philip Island

Who Doesn't Want to Run This at Philip Island?

Who Doesn't Want to Run This at Philip Island?

A Well Travelled Maserati 4CL

A Well Travelled Maserati 4CL

Tazio Nuvolari Winning in a Maserati 4CL

Tazio Nuvolari Winning in a Maserati 4CL