Maserati 8CTF Inducted into U.S. Library of Congress
The legendary Maserati 8CTF was immortalized by the Historical Vehicle Association last weekend as the first foreign manufactured automobile to be permanently archived into the United States Library of Congress, a new effort to authenticate historically significant automobiles. Recorded under the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Heritage Documentation, the documentation will remain part of the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register and Historic American Engineering Record.
“As we are celebrating our first 100 years, Maserati is proudly charting its course for the next century” states Harald Wester, Chief Executive Officer of Maserati S.p.A. “We are deeply appreciative of this act that demonstrates the long significant bond between Maserati and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, furthering the link between our brand and the United States.”
The fateful 8CTF project was conceived by Ernesto Maserati at the beginning of 1938 with the strong support of the Italian industrialist Orsi family behind it. Characterized by its fixed head and 8-cylinder engine, the “Boyle Special” allowed for powerful, faster acceleration and remarkable reliability; traits which we still attribute to Maserati to date. The 8CTF was Maserati’s answer to the dominance of other European manufacturers on the race circuit of the 30’s era. The fact that only a few years later, a triumphant Maserati captured back-to-back victories in ‘The World’s Most Famous Race,’ remains at the heart of Maserati’s legend today.