An amalgamation of Maserati A6GCS/53 and 300S parts, with a Fantuzzi-styled body to top it off. 'Bitsas' have never looked so good. Little history was known about this fascinating car until recently, when the owner pieced together the story of how a factory works racing Maserati became a prototype and then a coachbuilt one-off road car.
The 150 GT Spider looked impressive, but Maserati declined to produce it, citing its prohibitive cost. Bäumer has stated that Hans Tanner tested the car and found it lacking in terms of handling and quality, he believes that Tanner’s report came from the newly finished car having been unsorted. Brynan noted, however, that the car’s failure to reach development in part led Maserati to begin development of the 3500 GT, the company’s serious road car.
So for the next three years, the 150 GT Spider spent its days skulking in the Maserati workshop, seemingly destined to never see the light of day. Not many photos seem to exist of the car in this period; the one here shows the 150GT with a 300S, chassis no. 3503 reserved for Jean Behra for the Mille Miglia in '57 but destroyed by Behra in testing.
And at Gooding’s Scottsdale auction in January 2013, it sold for $3.08 million.
- Mr Fabulous
Photos by Mathieu Heurtault, Walter Bäumer. Raw prose from 0-100.it