According to Sir Stirling Moss the 3 liter, 6 cylinder engined Maserati 300S having been one of his favorite front engined sports Maseratis, one of the easiest, nicest, best balanced sports racing cars ever made. Maserati 300S Sports-Racing Spider, chassis no. 3053. is now on Bonhams‘ auction.
Bonhams is delighted to have on Goodwood Festival of Speed Auction most desirable of all 1950s sports racing two seaters. It was the third 300S ordered by the great American collector, Briggs Swift Cunningham, for his old friend and team driver Bill Spear.
Upon delivery 3053 was co driven by Bill Spear and Sherwood Johnston in the 1955 Sebring 12 Hours race, the American round of the FIA Sports Car World Championship. They enjoyed a fine debut, finishing third, beaten only by a Phil Hill- driven Ferrari and the winning Mike Hawthorn Jaguar D-Type.
After racing Bill Spear sold the car in 1956 to Joe Giubardo of Valley Stream, Long Island, who owned the car until 1964. Subsequently preserved by prominent Maserati authority Joel Eric Finn, 3053 was acquired by leading German Maseratisto Dr Thomas Bscher in 1986. After some twenty years in his care the car passed to its present vendor. Maserati 300S sports racing cars are very rarely offered for sale by public auction and is going to be the star lots in the Bonhams 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
The Maserati 300S was participate in all the great historic events, including the Mille Miglia, Le Mans Classic and Goodwood Revival. Bonhams has not yet announced the starting price for this prestigious model.