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CMC 1:18 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage #5 Nurburging Moss/Gurney

Reviewed by:   Rusty Hurley
     
  CMC 1:18 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage #5 Nurburging Moss/Gurney diecast car
 
 
 

"The finest front-engined sports-racing car ever built." - Stirling Moss. After Maserati withdrew its works team in 1957 in the face of plunging profits, Maserati partnered with several client teams, the most notable being Casner Motor Racing Division or CAMORADI team headed up by Lucky Casner. For the 1960 Nurburing 1000km, he put together a driving team featuring the legendary Moss along with newcomer Dan Gurney. Together, they would take a Tipo 61 Birdcage to probably its single most famous victory in spite of losing a significant amount of time to repair a broken oil line.

The snow white paint is applied without a hint of a tool mark or orange peel – the blue striping and tampo markings stand out crisply against this canvas. The streamlined, low-slung shape is stunning to look at in your hand or on a surface or turntable. Open the locks on the tethered front bonnet and you’ll see the secret to the Tipo 61’s success. While at their core most sports cars of the age is a tub on which you hung parts, the Tipo 61 skeleton is a space frame construction made up of 200 separate parts on a lightweight platform. This combination led to a significant weight and rigidity advantage, especially compared to the previous Maserati 450S. While the 450S was a brute, the handling was never what it needed to be in the corners. The Birdcage on the other hand, was svelte yet rigid. It had power to burn and excellent fuel mileage – a killer combination especially in endurance racing or hill climbs.

The windscreen is large, so with the bonnet open much of the space frame is exposed. It is ingenious how CMC has engineered this frame. Welding points are slightly swollen and there are individual rivets and braces holding the frame to the platform. If there ever was a model deserving of the rolling chassis treatment made famous by Exoto, this is a prime candidate. It is the execution of the space frame that gives this model it’s already nonpareil reputation though one wishes similar provisions were made to view the chassis of this model as there were for CMC’s W154.

Nestled in the frame is the 250hp engine (yes, that’s all) mounted at a 45 degree angle to maintain a low center of gravity. The 2.9-liter four cylinder DOHC 250S engine features two Weber 45 DCO3 carburetors. The model has all wires, plumbing and linkages precisely replicated. Outstanding details include the oil system with functional cap, individual rivets on the valve cover and tiny springs in the throttle linkage. Every clamp, band, duct is perfectly placed. There is old world craftsmanship such as the jeweler screws that fasten the body to the frame and are quite visible against the white paint. For accuracy, one would think Maserati probably preferred welds or rivets to gigantic screws, but on this model they seem completely in character.

The cockpit is full of goodies, from the blue cloth seats to the simple dash with its array of gauges, ignition box and switches. Those with a magnifying glass will appreciate the tiny nameplate on the passenger side. There are lots of unique and unusual features from the surprisingly non-aerodynamic mounting of the rear view mirror to the wood and aluminum three spoke wheel that controls the functional rack and pinion steering. The detailed, right mounted five-speed manual shifter is almost hidden from view. Following linkages and wires from the dash through the engine is fascinating.

Imprinted Dunlop tires surround CMC’s legendary hand laced wheels. These wheels have the usual accoutrements like valve stems and removable knock-offs. Remove any wheel and you can view the brakes and the suspension in detail. The front independent coil over suspension is threaded within the space frame while the rear suspension is supported by a de Dion axle. One is continually impressed by CMC's use of varied materials. Review the picture of the brake and suspension and notice copper, wire, plastic and metal make up the rich textures. And attention to detail like replicating the rivet points on the chassis is merely icing on an already sumptuous cake. The exquisite and artful craftsmanship that CMC continues to pour into each subject reinforces the notion that they are all about executing precisely in every model they make.

(08/14/2006)
 
 
  CMC 1:18 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage #5 Nurburging Moss/Gurney diecast car

CMC 1:18 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage #5 Nurburging Moss/Gurney diecast car

CMC 1:18 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage #5 Nurburging Moss/Gurney diecast car

CMC 1:18 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage #5 Nurburging Moss/Gurney diecast car

CMC 1:18 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage #5 Nurburging Moss/Gurney diecast car

CMC 1:18 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage #5 Nurburging Moss/Gurney diecast car

 
 
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Year: 1960 Color: White, blue stripes
Make: Maserati Code: CMC047
Model: Tipo 61 Birdcage #5 Nurburgring Moss/Gurney
Regular Price: $377.00 Our Price: $343.95 Deposit Now: $10.00 Save $33.05 (9%) Points to Redeem: 4914
Release Due: 2014


     
     

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