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The Daytona Coupes were not the

only cars to capture Peter Brock’s at-

tention at Goodwood. He discovered a

replica of the Maserati Typo 151/3

with a Drogo body. This car had simi-

lar lines to the Daytona but, according

to Brock, was slipperier. It was, he

said, what the Daytona should have

looked like but he was prohibited by

the FIA rules at the time. “

When the

Daytona Coupe went through tech at


,” Brock recalls, “

the French

FIA inspectors interpreted their rule

differently than it had been written

and the Drogo Maserati was allowed

to compete

.” It was subsequently de-

stroyed in a crash at LeMans in 1964,

pretty much ending Maserati’s racing


In 1962, Maserati built a coupe de-

signed by Giulio Alfieri to comply with

the FIA’s new endurance racing rules.

The rules were written to allow

smaller manufacturers to compete

against the larger and more well es-

tablished manufacturers, like Ferrari,

who had dominated the class year

after year, making it impossible for the

smaller builders to compete.

Maserati’s coupe was called the

Typo 151/1 and its design and con-

struction was backed financially by

Maserati importers Briggs Cunning-

ham in the U.S. and Johnny Simone in

France. Three cars were built. The cov-

ered headlights, teardrop cabin and

Kamm-back tail were all hallmarks of

what were thought of, in the early

1960s, as cutting edge aerodynamic

treatments. The car pictured [



] is the third car built, originally

sold to Cunningham (who got two of

the three). It is pictured at Riverside

in 1963 with Goodyear rep Fred Gam-

ble [

note the Cobra team jacket


For 1964, Maserati’s factory team

revised the Typo 151/2 (an update of

the 151/1 for 1963) using a unique

body design by Pietro Drogo. Jokingly

called the “racing van” because of its

flat roof and cut-off Kamm-back rear

treatment. The car also had flush-

mounted side windows.

Interestingly, both Brock and

Drogo were working with the same

basic design, at the same time, unbe-

knownst to each other.