Maserati Tipo 63 Birdcage: a very special “birdcage”

The Birdcage Maserati Tipo 63 came out exactly 60 years ago as it was designed in 1959. It was one of the most original racing cars seen on the track at the beginning of the 1960s.

This Maserati owes its nickname “Birdcage” to its chassis, which consists of around 200 small tubes welded together that can be seen under the streamlined windscreen. Its great advantage is its lightness – barely 30 kilos.

After the first two versions (Tipo 60 then 61) with the engine installed in the front, the Tipo 63 represented a major evolution with its mid-engined layout although it still retained its technical and visual identity with its multitubular chassis.

The car presented here has the chassis number 63004. Powered by a V12 engine this Tipo 63 is the only one to be fitted with a streamlined headrest. It was entered for races in 1961 by the Scuderia Serenissima belonging to Venetian count, Giovanni Volpi di Misurata.

In particular, chassis 63004 was driven by Sicilian Nino Vaccarella, winner of the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans, who was also a mathematics teacher in a private college in Palermo.

Later on, two further iterations of the Birdcage were built: the Tipo 64 and 65. In 2005, the Birdcage 75th concept celebrated the 75th anniversary of Italian coachbuilder, Pininfarina.

You can see the Maserati Tipo 63 Birdcage presented here (chassis n°63004) racing in The Greatest’s Trophy grid.

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