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1932 Maserati 8C 3000

1932 Maserati 8C 3000

1932 Maserati 8C 3000

The Tipo 8C 3000 was the final two-seater Grand Prix Maserati.

Between 1930-1932, the Maserati brothers built at least a dozen Maserati 26M and 26M Sport competition cars powered by straight-8 engines. Developed in conjunction with a 1.5 litre four cylinder engine, with which shared many components, the new eight cylinder engine was state of the art and used exotic alloys throughout. It also included a Roots-Type Supercharger upfront. Displacement was 2.8L and power was up to 220hp.

These new engines were fitted into the proven 26M chassis frame.

It was named the Maserati 8C 3000. The Grand Prix racer was campaigned in the 1932 and 1933 seasons with a victory in the 1933 French Grand Prix at Montlhéry as a highlight.

Maserati only built two complete cars and two additional 8C 3000 engines. Around the second of the spare engines, a complete car was later built. Not entirely unsuccessful, it served as a stop-gap before the Ernesto Maserati designed, single seater Tipo 8CM debuted in 1933. It was built to the new 750 kg regulations for 1934, but retained the advanced eight cylinder engine drawn up by Alfieri, which eventually produced well over 280 bhp. It proved to be particularly popular with privateers and as a result was a sportive and commercial success for the remaining Maserati brothers.

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1932 Maserati 8C 3000 In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine Supercharged Inline-8
valvetrain DOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement 2992 cc / 182.6 in³
bore 69 mm / 2.72 in
stroke 100 mm / 3.94 in
compression 5.25:1
power 171.5 kw / 230.0 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 76.87 bhp per litre
bhp/weight bhp per tonne
driven wheels Front Engine / RWD
front tires Dunlop 5.50×19
rear tires Dunlop 6.00×19
f brake size mm / in
r brake size mm / in
front wheels F 48.3 x 10.2 cm / 19.0 x 4.0 in
rear wheels R 48.3 x 11.4 cm / 19.0 x 4.5 in
curb weight 850 kg / 1874 lbs
wheelbase 2750 mm / 108.3 in
front track 1340 mm / 52.8 in
rear track 1360 mm / 53.5 in
length 3855 mm / 151.8 in
width 1575 mm / 62.0 in
height 1200 mm / 47.2 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1
top speed ~218.9 kph / 136 mph