Maserati celebrates the victoryThe Milan-born driver achieved victory at the Parco della Favorita circuit in Palermo, Sicily on May 14th 1939 by covering the race’s 40 laps, totalling 228 km, in 1:40.15.4.
of the Tipo 6CM in the 1939 Targa Florio
Luigi Villoresi also recorded the fastest lap in the race with the time of 0:02.24.6, averaging 141.908 km/h. Piero Taruffi and Guido Franco Barbieri finished second and third, also in Maserati Tipo 6CM cars.
It was a historic result for Maserati, confirming its undisputed leadership in the prestigious Sicilian race.
ONE OF THE WORLD’S OLDEST AND MOST FAMOUS
automotive races, the Targa Florio is named after Vincenzo Florio. Florio, a wealthy Palermo businessman already well known in the racing world, created, funded, and first organised it in 1906.
In total 62 editions of the Targa Florio took place from 1906 to 1977.
THE MASERATI TIPO 6CM,
an amazing single-seater racer, was designed by Ernesto Maserati and began to take shape in 1935. The car was fairly conventional in looks but its contents were extremely advanced.
Even more ground-breaking than the new engine, the car’s most distinctive feature was its chassis, which marked a major step forward in vehicle design.
The basic structure was still the ladder frame, but with innovative front suspensions which provided a major advantage over English and French competitors.
The suspensions consisted of torsion bar springs mounted so that the spring tension could be adjusted to suit the characteristics of the circuit.
A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL CAR.
The Maserati Tipo 6CM proved to be a highly successful car: 27 were built, from 1936 to 1939, and the model won races on Europe’s leading circuits, both with the official team and with gentlemen drivers at the wheel.
The Maserati Tipo 6CM holds the record for the most edition wins at the Targa Florio, with three victories in 1937, 1938 and 1939.
KEY TECHNICAL FEATURES OF THE TIPO 6CM:
Engine: vertical straight six
Displacement: 1,493.2 cc
Power: 155-175 hp at 6,200-6,600 rpm
Transmission: Four speeds + reverse
Chassis: 2 chassis beams with steel cross-members, aluminium bodywork
Weight: 650 kg
Top speed: 210-230 km/h