Maserati returned to racing in 1959 with the sophisticated and highly successful Tipo 60/61 'Birdcage. Designed by Ing. Giulio Alfieri, the four-cylinder engined machine earned its nickname because of its spaceframe chassis that was constructed from a large number of short small-diameter tubes. Initially fitted with the same 2.8-liter 4-cylinder engine of the Type 61 (by the time the first prototype was completed, the new engine was not yet available), at Le Mans 24 Hours on June 1961, three Maserati Type 63s showed up with the 3-liter V12-cylinder engine able to push the car to over 310 Km / h.
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