1930–31 Maserati Tipo 26 Sport Road Racer

This magical Maserati was a direct competitor of the smaller-engined, less-uncompromisingly-race-bred Alfa Romeo 8C 2300. It should be considered absolutely within the same breath as one of the most illustrious of Italian-made thoroughbred road-racing cars.

This extraordinarily well-presented survivor from Maserati’s early history is offered here direct from 57 years in its current ownership, and from 61 years within the same family. It has been restored, maintained and preserved within Anthony Hartley’s supreme Maserati collection and fully reflects his unique combination of admiration for the marque, hands-on engineering capability and deep, deep knowledge of these dynamic machines. This is one of two 2.5-liter Maserati Tipo 26 cars originally imported into the U.K. during the winter of 1930–31. The Tipo 26 cars are normally known as 26Ms or 26Bs, but in the case of these two cars built to special British order, it appears they were classified as 26S.

As offered here, 2518 embodies its original chassis — now boxed-in for enhanced rigidity — highly original bodywork and highly original running gear, while Hartley has crafted many new mechanical components to original specification to ensure useable reliability. The engine features its original cylinder head and exhaust and original RAG carburetor body. The original upper crankcase half and block are included, and the starter, dynamo and magneto are original. The gearbox is remade. The torque tube is original, and the majority of the braking system is also original, as are the axle tubes.

Among Maserati cars, this is absolutely one of the most original survivors. It is an extremely rare, classical straight-8 supercharged four-seat sports car, offered here in great order. It has excellent provenance, it is accompanied by a comprehensive documentation file plus technical restoration and running notes … and it has that extra cachet of the Giuseppe Campari racing history.

Thor Thorson

Thor Thorson - SCM Contributing Editor

Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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