The Umberto Panini Classic Car Collection
is dedicated to Maserati cars that have made Maserati
history. These cars have been gathered over the years
and housed in Cittanova, Modena, Italy.
Originally the brainchild of the Maserati brothers and
expanded by Omar Orsi, the collection has remained more
or less intact to the present day and includes 23 cars
on display and three that are currently undergoing restoration.
Amongst the collections highlights is the Maserati
Tipo 6CM. Just 27 examples were built between 1936 and
1939. Inspired by the V8RI, the 6CM was technically
advanced for its time with its front suspension featuring
The collection also includes:
>> Maserati A6G/54 (1954-1957) with its
Allemanno designed bodywork. Taking over the baton from
the A6G 2000, this car was fitted with the twin overhead
camshaft engine from the glorious A6GCS and marked a
leap in quality for Maserati.
>> Maserati Tipo A6GCS Berlinetta Pinin
Farina. Following its debut in the 1953 Mille Miglia,
the A6GCS notched up many wins on the track to the joy
of factory drivers and privateers alike. Only four examples
of this Pinin Farina designed car were ever produced,
usually in a droptop version.
>> Maserati 3500 GT Carrozzeria Touring
transformed the company from a producer of racing cars
to a company that manufactured roadgoing models. Launched
in 1957, the bodywork was produced by Touring, an outfit
based in Milan.
>> Maserati 420M/58 Eldorado was built for
the 1958 500 Miles of Monza and saw the great Stirling
Moss battle for the lead.
>> Maserati Mistral, with its Frua bodyshell,
was presented at the 1963 Turin Motorshow with the spider
version coming onto the market a year later.
>> The design of the Ghibli Carrozzato Ghia
came from Giorgetto Giugiaro, then working as a freelance.
This stunning coupé (followed by a magnificent
spider version of which 140 examples were produced)
had an aggressive, aerodynamic yet understated shape.
>> Universally known as the best ever interpretation
of a Sport car, the Tipo 61 Birdcage was preceded in
1959 by the Tipo 60, with its 2000 cc engine, and then
by the Tipo 61. The two cars were both light and rigid,
qualities that came from the chassis novel design.
Constructed from 200 small tubular sections (with diameters
that varied from 10, 12 and 15mm), the weight of the
chassis was kept down to 36 kg.
>> The only example of the Maserati Simun,
presented at the 1968 Turin Motorshow was Ghias
proposal for a new Maserati 2+2 coupé based on
the Tipo 166 chassis. Instead, Maserati opted for the
version presented by Carrozzeria Vignale at the same
show. This had more modern looks and took the name Indy
when it went into production.
>> The Panini collection also includes the
Bora, from Giorgetto Giugiaros Italdesign and
produced from 1971-1979. The Bora was the first mid-engined
>> The only example of the Merak Turbo,
the experimental prototype planned for the American
market and fitted with a 3000 cc turbo engine, never
reached the production stage.
>> The Bertone designed Khamsin (produced
from 1972-1982) will also attract interest. The replacement
for the Ghibli, it differed from it mechanically in
that it had independent rear wheels and a new, Citroen
developed braking system.
>> Another unique example is the Tipo 124
designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. This car drew its inspiration
from the futuristic Maserati Boomerang (created using
the Boras mechanical components ). The prototype
was presented at the 1974 Turin Motorshow, with a Giugiaro
body and was the replacement for the 2+2 Indy coupé.
>> To round things off is the 1992 Barchetta,
a model with which De Tomaso relaunched the barchetta
theme. A modern take on the fantastic A6GCS, it was
known for its backbone chassis, push rod suspension
and composite bodyshell. Thirteen examples were produced.