Fascinating monograph of one of Maserati’s glorious racing models recounted across 16 pages that feature classic photographs and exclusive testimonies.
For the Tipo 26B, the engine was enlarged to 2.0 litres, with the eight cylinders slightly bored out (by 2 mm) and the crankshaft stroke lengthened by 16 mm. Two of the eight engines made were bored out by another 2 mm in order to achieve 2.1 litres. Elektron alloy replaced the iron castings on later engines.
The supercharger was now fed by a single Memini carburettor that was swapped for a Weber in 1929 and the engine produced 155 bhp at 5,300 rpm. 4-speed gearbox. Lighter chassis with a wheelbase shortened by 7 cm from 1928. Reshaped 2-seater body with inclined radiator and a different number of bonnet louvres, coachbuilt by craftsmen already including a young Medardo Fantuzzi. Top speed claimed was between 180 and 210 km/h (112 to 130 mph).
Clients included Carlo Pedrazzini of Lugano and Juan Malcolm of Buenos Aires. One of three former works cars was classified 12th in the 500 Miles of Indianapolis race in 1930, driven by Letterio Cucinotta of Messina. The 1929 model in the Biscaretti Museum of Turin is the earliest complete Maserati known in existence today. Seven cars were made.