Between 1955 and 1959, twenty-six 300S Maserati cars were built with three versions of increasing sophistication.
By then, Maserati had a car which was competitive with the best sports racing cars of its class and for many drivers, such as Stirling Moss, it was considered a favorite. Straight-six racing engines were popular with Maserati from the early 1950s.
The 300S made its World Sportscar Championship debut at the 1955 12 Hours of Sebring. Remarkably the privately owned 300S of Bill Spear finished third overall, setting a good precedent for the upcoming model. For the rest of the season the 300S supported the A6GCS cars but never achieved any notable victory. Cars entered in that year’s Mille Miglia and Le Mans both retired.
This Maserati 300S gallery shows the car in all its glory. It really was a beautiful racing machine.