One of our loves at MD is cars. Not just any cars but ones with a story, a history that lets our imagination run wild.
Case in point.
Take this 1956 Maserati 200 SI, which was the first 200 S built. Here’s some highlights from Gooding & Company that give you a flavor of the rich history of this car.
Chassis 2401 occupies a place of distinction in the history of Maserati sports racing cars, not only because it was the first 200 S chassis produced but also due to its service as the works development car for the series and as a member of the factory racing team.
The first competition entry for 2401 took place on June 8, 1955, at the Gran Premio di Napoli where Luigi Bellucci, longtime Maserati voiturette and sports car driver, was entrusted with the factory’s latest sports racer.
The first appearance in SI form took place at the Grand Prix of Caracas in Venezuela. Amidst stiff competition, [Jean] Behra gave an outstanding performance, resulting in a 1st in Class finish and an impressive 3rd overall, behind [Stirling] Moss in a 300 S and Fangio in an 860 Monza.
In 2009, the 200 SI was sold to Southern California collector Tony Schwartz, who continued to campaign 2401 in historic races, including the Shell Historic Challenge, where it captured multiple 1st in Class finishes.
The car turned many other hands and is now up for sale from a private collector.
Take a look at some pics below and be prepared to be in awe.