Though the 1950’s will be known for producing automobile’s history greatest editions from Ferrari, but the Italian brand Maserati managed to grab considerable eye balls as well. In 2009, Fantasy Junction had auctioned a 1953 Maserati A6GCS for a price tag of $1.95 million. Now Bonham’s will undertake the auction of a 1955 Maserati 300S, which belonged to the famed American car collector, Briggs Swift Cunningham at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed. One of the most sought after vehicles from the Italian luxury auto brand, famed World Champion driver Sir Stirling Moss quoted about the 300S, saying "...one of my favorite front-engined sports Maseratis – one of the easiest, nicest, best-balanced sports-racing cars ever made...". That would be a perfect compliment from a person, who recently had his 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB sell for $11 million.
This particular edition of the 1955 Maserati 300S bears the chassis no. 3053, and was the 3rd specimen to be ordered by the famed Briggs Swift Cunningham, for a friend of his, driver Bill Spear. After the car arrived with Spear, he drove the car with Sherwood Johnston in the 1955 Sebring 12-hour race, apart from the American leg of the FIA Sports Car World Championship that year. They did not manage to win the races, but finished a good 3rd behind the Phil Hill driven Ferrari and Mike Hawthorn’s Jaguar D-type.
Throughout its life till date, the ‘3053’ has changed many prestigious hands. From Bill Spear, it went to Joe Giubardo in 1956 who retained it till 1964. Then the car went to an authority figure on the car brand, Joel Eric Finn who then passed it to Dr Thomas Bscher in 1986, another well known authority of Maserati cars. After more than 20 years in his possession, the car was taken over to an unnamed vendor who spent a lot to keep the car in prime shape, and now it is up for sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This rare specimen of automotive history will certainly generate a lot of interest from wealthy car collectors around the world. For those that like Maserati’s most modern editions, do check out the 2013 Maserati Quattroporte and the GranTurismo S Limited edition.