Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Maserati V8RI

This is a car which was for a time part of the Donington Collection at the Donington Park racing circuit museum and I photographed it in May 1989.
It's a Maserati V8RI (the 'RI' denoting 'Ruote Independente', or 'Independent Suspension'), one of four cars built in 1935/36, and this is the last one, chassis number 4504. It was bought by the French/Argentine racing driver Marquis George Raphaël Béthenod de las Casas (better known as 'Raph') who sold the car after participating with it in the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup. Like the other 3 cars it was raced in the USA for many more years.

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