Car: Masserati 250F, 1954

Founded in 1926, Maserati was purely a manufacturer of racing cars for its first 20 years. By 1934, it was the planet’s largest builder of single-seater racers. The 250F was the result of unique expertise in Grand Prix/ Formula One techniques.

1954, Masserati 250F
Stirling Moss drives a Maserati 250F in August 1954; Moss and Fangio would soon propel the 250F to Formula One stardom.

Adhering to the sport’s rules for 153ci (2,500cc) cars, the 250F boasted a competent tubular chassis frame, independent wishbone/coil spring front suspension, and a light De Dion tubular rear axle. The centerpiece of the car was its superb engine, a straight-six, un-supercharged unit derived from Maserati’s A6 Formula Two, but with increased capacity, and three twin-choke Weber carburetors.

1954, model of the car: Masserati 250F
1954, model of the car: Masserati 250F
1954, Masserati 250F
1954, Masserati 250F

The revamped 1957-season 250Fs came with a five-speed gearbox, fuel injection, more power, better brakes, and even more svelte bodywork. Juan Manuel Fangio’s victory at the Nürburgring in the German Grand Prix of August 1957 was epic, his 250F four-wheel drifting its way up the field in the second half of the race to catch and overtake Peter Collins’s leading Ferrari. It was the car’s finest hour and a 5th World Championship for Fangio. In terms of mixing balance with speed, the 250F was just about the best.

“I have never driven that quickly before in my life and I don’t think I will ever be able to do it again.”

Juan Manuel Fangio In 1957, After His Epic German Grand Prix Win In The 250f

Video model of the car: Masserati 250F

Specification model of the car: Masserati 250F

PLACE OF ORIGIN: Modena, Italy
HISTORICAL STATUS: Formula One racing car
ENGINE: six-cylinder, 152ci (2,490cc)
MAXIMUM POWER: 220–270bhp
LAYOUT: front-mounted engine driving the rear wheels
BODYWORK: single-seater racer
TOP SPEED: 185mph (298kph)