1957 Maserati 200SiCoachwork by Fantuzzi
Approximately 32 examples of the Maserati 200S and its evolutionary variant, the 200Si, were built for the factory’s works team and gentlemen drivers competing in the 2 litre class of late-1950s European and American sports-car racing. It was one of Maserati’s most successful models, combining user friendly handling, a lusty yet reliable powerplant and svelte bodywork which somehow just looked ‘right’. It’s a car which is sought-after by collectors today for all the same reasons: beauty, rarity and eligibility come together to make it an all-time classic which will flatter any owner.
Maserati 200Si chassis ‘2415’ was delivered to Italian privateer Nando Pagliarini in whose hands it enjoyed a glittering career: the Mille Miglia, Mont Ventoux, Castell’Arquato Vernasca, Aosta-Gran San Bernardo, Trieste-Opicina and Bologna-San Luca are just some of the races contested, with frequent class victories and no known major ‘offs’. In 1959 the car was sold via the factory to Pete Lovely in the USA where it continued to race, albeit at a more sedate pace.
Private enthusiasts and limited road use followed but ‘2415’ never disappeared from view. It occasionally appeared in historic events (the Mille Miglia and Monterey races, for example) and was restored by Mike Depugia circa 2000. At the turn of the century it returned to its birthplace to be cosseted in a private collection, taking part in the Mille Miglia (2005) before again retiring from front line action.
Road registered (EU tax paid), supplied with a large history file including wonderfully evocative period racing photographs, two cylinder heads, two exhaust systems (one silenced) and ASI homologation, this voluptuous Maserati sports-racer is ‘on the button’ and ready for next season. It’s a car the next owner will never tire of enjoying.