To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Maserati, the Italian coachbuilder Zagato designs the Mostro – a limited run of five cars, all of which have already been sold
Maserati Mostro ( “monster” in Italian) is a homage to the highly-aerodynamic Maserati 450 S Coupé Zagato “Monster” that was personally commissioned by pilot Sir Stirling Moss for the 1957 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The limited edition vehicle was unveiled during the 2015th edition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, in a world premiere.
Zagato creates its Mostro entirely from carbon fiber and powers it with a Ferrari-Maserati-developed 4.2-liter V8 engine. The doors are hinged high up on the A-pillar so the Mostro forgoes Zagato’s signature double-bubble roof panel. The car rides on a lightweight chassis made up of steel sub-frames bolted to a carbon fiber passenger cell. Visually, the coupe pays a worthy tribute to its predecessor without adopting a full-on retro-styled design.
Built for the track, Maserati Mostro features double wishbone suspension and pushrod actuated shock absorbers to minimise unsprung weight, while its six-speed semi-automatic transmission is rear mounted for better weight distribution.
Though Zagato seldom reveals the price for a limited edition project it’s known that the price for none of the coachbuilder’s atelier cars exceeds 1 million. The value of a collectible Zagato vehicle, as a rule, overcomes the purchasing price within a few years.
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