Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage

Join us this week for a special film as we follow along with Marino Franchitti for a track session in Nick Mason’s 1959 Maserati Tipo 61 “Birdcage.” Delicate and purposeful in single swooping package, this is the car that defines what it means to be ethereal, and it is the best looking bit of motorsport engineering to be housed in a web of chromoly steel.

The intricate but calculated tangle of tubing afforded more rigidity while also shedding some serious weight, and the Tipo 61 remains one of the most significant case studies of tube-frame construction. It was one in a series of five cars designed with this methodology by Giulio Alfieri, but it is by far the most recognizable of the lot.