1955→1957 Maserati 150S Barchetta

1955→1957 Maserati 150S Barchetta

Maserati 150S Barchetta

Built around a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder engine, the 150S was Maserati‘s smallest sports race car. With purposeful engineering and a attractive body, it was an ideal sports racing car for the private racing driver. Some were even used by the factory works team to contest the most important international events.

Taking cues from the 4CTF single-seat race car, Vittorio Bellentani designed the 4-cylinder engine with advanced features such as dry-sump lubrication, an aluminum alloy block with cast iron liners and options such as a hemispherical combustion chamber with a 80º angled valves and twin-plug ignition.

Valerio Colotti was responsible for design of the chassis which was similar to other Maseratis. It twin-oval tubes with a wishbone front suspension and de Dion-tube rear axle.

Stirling Moss said “the 150S was sweet-handling and predictable but overbodied and gutless.” Despite this bad rep, one of the first examples was driven by Jean Behra at the Nurburgring and beat everything Porsche could muster.

In 1956 the car was updated to include a 5-speed gearbox and ZF limited-slip differential. In total 25 cars were produced from 1955 to 1957.

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1955→1957 Maserati 150S Barchetta

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeRacing Car
production years1955 – 1957
built atItaly
engineersValerio Colotti, Guerrino Bertocchi
engineInline-4 w.Dry Sump Lubrication
positionFront, Longitudinal
ignitionTwin Magnetos
block materialAluminum
valvetrainDOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
fuel feed2 Weber 45DCO03
displacement1484 cc / 90.6 in³
bore81 mm / 3.19 in
stroke72 mm / 2.83 in
engine designerVittorio Bellentani
power104.4 kw / 140 bhp @ 7500 rpm
specific output94.34 bhp per litre
bhp/weight205.88 bhp per tonne
body / frameAluminum
driven wheelsFront Engine
front tiresPirelli 5.25×16
rear tiresPirelli 5.5×16
front brakesHydraulic Drums
rear brakesHydraulic Drums
front wheelsF 40.6 x 11.4 cm / 16 x 4.5 in
rear wheelsR 40.6 x 11.4 cm / 16 x 4.5 in
steeringWorm Gear
f suspensionDouble Wishbones
r suspensionde Dion-Type Tube Axle, Transverse Leaf Spring
curb weight680 kg / 1499 lbs
wheelbase2150 mm / 84.6 in
front track1250 mm / 49.2 in
rear track1200 mm / 47.2 in
length380 mm / 149.6 in
width1500 mm / 59.1 in
height980 mm / 38.6 in
transmission4 or 5 Speed Manual
top speed~230.1 kph / 143 mph