1955 Maserati Tipo 160/T4 Sport
Frame no. 3867
Engine no. 3867
Contrary to popular belief, Maserati motorcycles were not manufactured at the eponymous car-maker's Modena factory but by another subsidiary of the Orsi Group parent company, Fabbrica Candele e Accumulatori Maserati (FCAM), which manufactured spark plugs and other automotive electrical components. Demand for two-wheeled transportation was booming in post-WW2 Italy, prompting FCAM to purchase Italmoto, a small independent manufacturer in Bologna, in 1953. Production was transferred to FCAM's factory in Modena and the company reconstituted as Maserati Candele, Accumulatori e Moto, producing one of Italmoto's existing designs, a 158cc overhead-valve four-stroke single, while new Maserati-designed models were developed.
Renamed the Tipo 160/T4, the model would remain in the Maserati line-up until motorcycle production ceased in 1959. A compact lightweight of sporting appearance, the Tipo 160 produced its maximum output of 7.5bhp at 5,500rpm and was good for a top sped of around 65mph. Sadly, Maserati motorcycles were casualties of the Orsi Group's financial meltdown at the end of the 1950s, MCAM being placed in liquidation in 1960. Today Maserati motorcycles of all types are highly prized by discerning collectors, particularly those that already have one of their four-wheeled cousins in the garage.
This Maserati T160 Sport was totally restored in 2010 and is presented in commensurately good condition. There are no documents with this Lot.