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Die-cast: Replicarz’s 1940 & ’41 Indy 500 Maseratis

Latest 1/43 scale Maserati racers are a colorful duo … Replicarz Maserati

The late 1930s and early 1940s saw race cars developing quickly into what we would consider modern racers and Wilbur Shaw and his Boyle Special, a Maserati 8CTF, led the way at the Indianapolis 500, but others followed quickly.

In 1939 Shaw won the 500 in his Maserati with its 365-horsepower 3.0-liter straight-8 supercharged engine, and to put an exclamation point on it, repeated the win in 1940 and darned near did it again in 1941, the last 500 before WWII. But it didn’t take his competitors long to figure out Italy’s horsey Maserati grand prix cars with their lightweight aluminum bodies could conquer Indy. Continue reading Die-cast: Replicarz’s 1940 & ’41 Indy 500 Maseratis

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