Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cicli Montante Maserati 8CTF









The Maserati 8CTF is considered to be one of the most glorious racing cars of all time, with the legendary victories of the ‘Boyle Special’ at Indianapolis in 1939 and 1940. Now Cicli Montante, in collaboration with Maserati, has dedicated a strictly limited series of bicycles to the motorsport icon. The bikes mark the seventieth anniversary of the Maserati 8CTF victory at the Indianapolis 500, and are crafted with many details related to the Indianapolis-winning car of 1940.

The limited edition bike made its debut at the Paris Auto Show which is taking place now. On the Maserati stand, almost concealed behind the newest, highly polished GT sports cars to bear the symbol of the Trident. And there, on the frame of the bicycle, was another small Maserati logo – this time adorning the work of Montante Cicli, the company which has been making bicycles since the 1920s and, in the process, has acquired something of a cult status in Italy.

The bicycle pays homage to the Maserati 8CTF in numerous small details, from the extensive use of chrome, to the frame that is painted in the same wine-red as the Indianapolis-winning car of 1940. Likewise the saddle, handlebars and loops of the pedals are covered in leather the same color as the driver’s seat of the racing car.

Just 200 Montante Maserati 8CTF cycles will be made, each one numbered and carrying the name of its owner. The 200 is based on the number of laps in the race at Indianapolis, The bike will be available in S, M and L, at a price of 3,000 euro ($4,200). See www.montantecicli.it.

Photos: Cicli Montante

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