Maserati 8C

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Maserati 8C
Maserati 8C blue vr EMS.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Maserati
Also called Maserati 8C 2800/3000
Production 1932, 2 units[1]
Designer Alfieri Maserati
Body and chassis
Class Race car
Layout FR layout
Powertrain
Engine 2,8/3 L Straight-8
136 kW at 5600 rpm (185 bhp) [1]
Transmission 4 speed manual transmission
Dimensions
Curb weight 850 kg (1874 lb)[1]
Chronology
Predecessor Maserati Tipo 26
Successor Maserati 8CM

The Maserati 8C was a Grand Prix race car built by Maserati between 1931 and 1933. The 8C was being designed by Alfieri Maserati in the early 1930s; however, he died before its completion.[1] The chassis was that of the Tipo 26M, and it was initially fitted with a Tipo 26M engine with its cylinders bored out by 4 mm to arrive at its limit of 2.8 litres. Development of the new 3.0 L engine continued and it was constructed for racing in 1932. The car won the 1933 French Grand Prix and Sir Henry Birkin achieved third place driving it in the Tripoli Grand Prix. However, it was not very successful in other races.[1] The car featured some of the world's earliest hydraulic brakes.[2] The Tipo 8C 3000 was the final two-seater Grand Prix Maserati.

In 2000 an original Maserati 8C 2800 sold at an auction for US$1.65 million and a 1932 Maserati 8C 3000 for $1.08 million.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Maserati 8C 3000". Ultimate Car Page. Retrieved 2006-11-17. 
  2. ^ "Classic Maserati". 4WD Online. Retrieved 2006-11-17. 
  3. ^ "Auction Report". Cigar Aficionado. Retrieved 2006-11-17.