"With encouragement of Stirling Moss, Maserati had Frank Costin, an English aerodynamic consultant, design a low drag body for the 450. In just a couple days, Zagato manufactured Costin’s body, and the result was somewhat unflattering."
It was also one of Frank Costin's few failures. It was more draggy than the 450S and slower on the straight. It still retained the transmission weakness of the donor car and the transaxle failed during the race ('57 Le Mans). I had not realised that the body was initially put aside for scrap, but somebody saw it and persuaded Maserati to stick it on chassis 4012 with body mods by Fantuzzi, and it became a road car (!).I believe that this version still exists, but even Fantuzzi couldn't turn it into anything good looking.
A rough scratching of the M7 designed by the late Robin Herd, and developed by Gordon Coppuck. Manufacturer of model cars, John Day, frequently said that Robin Herd was one of only two people he could ever trust in F1 during the 1970s.
John was far from unique in his view that the other chap was Max Mosley.
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