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Maserati Tipo 63, 64, 65:
Birdcage to Supercage.
Willem Oosthoek

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By Willem Oosthoek. Birdcage Maserati competition history from 1959 to 1965 in World Championship Rounds, SCCA Nationals, Professional West Coast and Nassau Speedweek.

The book begins with the front-engined Birdcage Maserati competition history from the middle of 1959 until the end of 1960, covering World Championship, professional USAC and Nassau Speedweek racing. From there it progresses into chapters covering the development of the first rear-engined Birdcage Maserati at the end of 1960 and the background of the private team owners who bought the first production cars: Briggs Cunningham, Count Giovanni Volpi and Lucky Casner.

From then on each chapter covers a event in which these cars were raced, ranging from the World Championship rounds to the U.S. racing scene as sponsored by SCCA [amateur] and USAC [professional], and including the British Nassau Speedweek at the end of the year. The subject period covered is 1961 to 1965. Each race report includes a complete entry list, complete starting grids and complete results. This is information never published beyond the WSCC events and of great historical value.

Coverage: The competition history and technical specifications of all 10 rear-engined Birdcages constructed, as well as their direct competition: Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Lotus, Cooper, Lister, Scarab, Chaparral, Sting Ray and Old Yaller.

A further boxed and more elaborate Special Edition is available.

  • Book Size: Designed by Simon Loxley. Vertical format. 95,000 words and approximately 350 historic, never published black & white photographs. Page length 332 + index 6 pages.
  • Chapters: Twenty-nine chapters, appendices and index.
  • Illustrations: Approximately 350 photos of the rear-engined Birdcages, as well as their front-engined predecessors and their European and US competitors. A start photo sequence is included of most races. Most photos were taken in the sixties by top photographers, but there are also photos of the subsequent restorations of the cars in more recent years.
  • Foreword: Written by Jim Sitz, in-house historian of Vintage Motorsport and Road & Track. Jim is one of the foremost experts on international motor racing history.
  • Appendices: Complete racing histories by individual chassis number, short-wheelbase versus long wheelbase specs by individual chassis number.
  • Index: Index covers names of all people relevant to the history of the rear-engined Birdcages.
  • Expected Readership: Anybody with an interest in Maserati competition history, especially the period between 1960 and 1965, never properly covered before. In addition, any one with an interest in the SCCA and USAC racing events of the early sixties, again never covered with any degree of depth, especially in Europe. This means Ferrari, Porsche, etc. aficionados will find in this book valuable information not previously available to them. In sum, the target audience is anybody with an interest in the Golden Age of sports car racing in the early sixties.
  • Supercage note: The front-engined Tipo 60 and 61 cars were nicknamed Birdcages. When the rear-engined Tipo 63 [with independent rear suspension] was introduced it was also referred to as a Birdcage. However, when the rear-engined Tipo 64 model was shown to the press in the beginning of 1962, its Birdcage frame turned out to be made of even smaller tubes and its rear suspension [a flexible deDion] was also made of a Birdcage structure, sort of a Birdcage within a Birdcage This led the journalists to nickname this very complex-looking car a Supercage.
  • A limited number of double slipcases are available upon request that will also hold Willem Oosthoek’s book about the Front-engined Birdcages, Maserati Tipo 60 and 61. The books have been designed to match and can also be purchased as a pair in the double slipcase for $225.

Author Biography

Residing in Weddington, North Carolina, Willem Oosthoek is a retired international banker and a lifelong Maserati aficionado. As historian of The Maserati Club in the US he has written numerous articles for its magazine Il Tridente. His articles have also been published in Vintage Motorsport, VintageRacecar Journal, Motor Sport, Prancing Horse, Der Dreizack and Sports Car International. Oosthoek’s 2004 book Birdcage to Supercage is the defining history of the rear-engined Birdcage Maseratis. He is a recognized authority on the subject of competition Maseratis, often consulted by private owners, museums and auction houses. More about Willem Oosthoek


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