The Bazooka

Maserati, klemcoll

We now would like to show you a series of rare photographs of the first 1957 appearance of the Maserati 450S which was at the Buenos Aires 1000km race which took place on January 20, 1957. The Buemos Aires street circuit was called the Circuit de la Costanera Norte. The Maserati 450S was described as “The Bazooka” by Juan Manuel Fangio due to its very powerful 4.5 liter V8 motor. The 450S would be the Maserati challenger to Ferrari in a year of super-fast sports cars. This 450S would be driven by Stirling Moss and Juan Fangio, a pair as fast as their car who could get the most out of it.

In the race, Moss went out  to an easy lead  and eventually turned the 450S over to Fangio. Soon, Fangio brought the 450S into the pits with a broken differential after 57 of the 98 lap distance.

Maserati was unable to defeat Ferrari in 1957. The Championship came down to the final race in Caracas where the Maseratis all failed and Ferrari was triumphant.

Photos from the JJF Archive ©The Klemantaski Collection –

To see more photos from our archive go to:

Maserati, klemcoll

Maserati, klemcoll, Juan Fangio

Maserati, klemcoll, Juan Fangio

Maserati, klemcoll, Stirling Moss

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