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Museo Maserati: The Panini Motor Museum

If you ever have the chance to visit the countryside around Modena in Northern Italy, you'll find one of the most exquisite collection of Maserati cars collected from the last 100 years.  Nestled in one of the barns of a working family farm, you can get a tour of a Parmesan cheese factory, and experience one of the finest displays of antique cars, a collection so incredible it's been colloquially called "Museo Maserati." 

Parmesan cheese!

The Collezione Umberto Panini Motor Museum houses hundreds of bikes and cars, with the majority of the collection devoted to the vaunted Italian racing and luxury brand "Maserati." 

 Spotting a "Mas" has become more and more commonplace in NYC, under the mass production of Fiat ownership, but spotting a pre-1990 Maserati is a rarity anywhere outside Italy. 

So if you have a chance to visit, this is an experience like no other private collection I've ever seen.

 The collection is truly incredible; you can spend several hours taking in the cars, and not even get a chance to see all of the bikes and other prototypes stacked together upstairs.
  But I'm doing my best below to lists the makes and models of the various models of Maseratis at the Panini Museum below:


1934 Maserati 6C 34 

Monoposto Competizione

1936 Maserati 6CM

Monoposto Competizione

1953 Maserati A6GCS '53 "Berlinetta"

In order to compete in the Sports Prototype World Championship, the A6GCS/53 was developed with an engine generating 170 bhp.   It was a spyder designed by Gioacchino Colombo and built b Medardo Fantuzzi and Celestino Fiandri. The A6 GCS claimed important  victories such as the Italian Grand Prix in 1953 and 1954. Four Berlinetta by Pininfarina were built, made to order for the businessman Guglielmo Dei who purchased the chassis from Maserati."

1954 Maserati A6G 54 2000 Allemano

1957 Maserati 250F V12

Seven seasons of F1, a World Driver's Championship (in 1957, with Fangio), leaders in numerous Grand Prix, and the merit of introducing the first woman in a Grand Prix: Maria Teresa De Filippis in 1958. The "250F" ("250" stands for 2500 cm³ and "F" for Formula) was created based on the 1953 "A6 GCM" from which the six-cylinder inline engine was taken: all in aluminium, seven main journals, with double overhead camshafts and dual ignition. Initially it delivered 240 hp at 7400 rpm, but it  was to reach    more than 270 hp at 8000 rpm with the V12. This is the prototype with which Fangio tried in vain to qualify at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1957, an attempt which failed due to excessive engine power.

1958 Maserati 3500GT

" 3500 Testimony to the transformation from a factory of racing cars to a factory of road cars was the 3500 GT, placed on the market in 1957. It was created directly from the experiences of the six-cylinder racing cars, the engine was nothing more than the road version of the 350S. The 3500 GT proved itself to be guarantor of Maserati’s future contributing with its significant sales success to the rapid economic recovery of the company. The body was produced by Touring of Milan and was always true to the motto: “Weight is the enemy; air resistance the obstacle."

1961 Maserati TIPO61 Drogo "Birdcage"

Recognized by all as the best interpretation of the sports car, the "birdcage" was first studied in 1959 for the Tipo 60 (2000 cc)version and then later for the Tipo 61 version with the common concept of light weight and high stiffness represented by the unique construction of the chassis, 
consisting of more than 200 small segments of pipe with a diameter of 10, 12 and 15 mm forming a lattice weighing only 36 kg.
Carrozzeria Drogo,
Motor: 4 Cylinder inline, Cylinder Capacity: 2890ccm, Max.Speed: 280Km/h, Max.Power: 250HP at 6500rpm, Weight: 580Kg, Panini Motor Museum, Modena

1961 Maserati TIPO63 Serenissima

   The natural technical evolution of the Tipo 61 was born with theTipo 63. This new sports car with a rear engine was tested in December 1960; the chassis was essentially the same as that of the 61, but with the rear-wheel independent suspension and two side tanks for fuel.  
Initially, the tested 4-cylinder 2890 cc was chosen but in April 1961 Alfieri fitted the 63 with the V 12 which was originally designed  for the 250F for the 24 Hours Le Mans.
These cars are truly incredible.

The details and craftsmanship, like this "Superleggera" are amazing as well.

1965 Maserati 5000 GT

Carrozzeria Touring, Motor: 8 Cylinder in V, Cylinder Capacity: 4937ccm, Max.Speed: /, Max.Power: 325HP at 5500rpm, Weight: 1600Kg, Panini Motor Museum, Modena

1968 Maserati Simun Prototipo 

1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spyder

1969 Maserati Ghibli Ghia

Carrozzeria Ghia, Motor: 8 Cylinder in V, Cylinder Capacity: 4700ccm, Max.Speed: /, Max.Power: 330HP, Weight: 1500Kg, Panini Motor Museum, Modena

1967 Maserati Mistral

 1974 Maserati Tipo 124

Prototipo Carrozzeria Italdesign,

Motor: 8 Cylinder in V, Cylinder Capacity: 4900ccm, Max.Speed: /, Max.Power: /, Weight: /, Panini Motor Museum, Modena

1975 Maserati Khamsin

Carrozzeria Bertone, Motor: 8 Cylinder in V, Cylinder Capacity: 4900ccm, Max.Speed: 275Km/h, Max.Power: 320HP, Weight: 1680Kg, Panini Motor Museum, Modena

1975 Maserati Bora

Carrozzeria Italdesign, Motor: 8 Cylinder in V, Cylinder Capacity: 4930ccm, Max.Speed: 270Kmh, Max.Power: 320HP at 5000rpm, Weight: 1400Kg, Panini Motor Museum, Modena

1983 Maserati  Merak

Turbo Carrozzeria Giugiaro, Motor: 6 Cylinder in V, Cylinder Capacity: 3000ccm, Max.Speed: /, Max.Power: 220HP, Weight: 1500Kg, Panini Motor Museum, Modena

1990 Maserati Chubasco Prototipo

1996 Maserati Ghibli "Open Cup"

2003 Maserati 3200 GT Trofeo Coupe

(Tipo 338) is a four-seater grand tourer produced by Maserati from 1998 to 2002. The luxury coupé was styled by Italdesign, whose founder and head Giorgetto Giugiaro previously designed, among others, the Ghibli, Bora and Merak. Interiors design was commissioned to Enrico Fumia and completed by 1995. 4,795 cars were produced.

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