1929 Maserati Tipo V4

Maserati primarily produced racing cars before World War 2, with only a few exceptions allowed for road use. In 1929, the Tipo V4 was introduced with a four-liter V16 engine featuring a bench angle of 25 degrees. The V4 name derived from the V arrangement of the 16 cylinders combined with four liters of displacement. The engine produced between 280 to 305 hp and could reach a top speed of 260 kph.

The car made its racing debut at the Autodromo di Monza, and two weeks later, a factory driver set a new world record for the international class C for vehicles between three and five liters capacity, with an average speed of 246.069 kph. The record was set during a time trial race over ten flying kilometers on a closed-off stretch of a provincial road northeast of Cremona.

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