V4 Gran Sport
In 1929, the Maserati brothers achieved the feat of grouping two banks of 8 cylinders in line, arranged in a V at 25° and forming a 4-litre V16 engine which produced 280 hp and allowed a top speed of 260 km/ h!
The Tipo V4 was born and this fabulous engine enabled it to break the record for the 10 km flying start on September 28, 1929 with an average speed of more than 246 km/h in the hands of Baconin Barzocchini.
Two copies were built. The second copy evolved into a V5 and ended its career perched on setbacks with an accident at the 1934 Tripoli GP driven by Piero Taruffi who escaped almost unscathed.
The first copy represented here was bodied by Zagato on an Alfa 8C base and took the name of V4 sport. After several changes of owners, it is now completely renovated and scour beauty contests around the world.