The Maserati 450S (Tipo 54) is a racing car made by Italian automobile manufacturer Maserati for participating in FIA's endurance World Sportscar Championship racing. It debuted in 1957 and was equipped with a 400 horsepower, 4.5-liter V8 engine.
One of the most successful racing vehicles of its day, the 450S won a number of competitions, including the 1000 km of Nürburgring and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
A total of nine were made and the 450S is considered to be one of the most beautiful and successful racing cars of all time. It is a rare and valuable car, and it is highly sought after by collectors.
The 450S's body was made of lightweight aluminum and was supported by a tubular steel chassis. It had a four-speed manual transmission and all-around independent suspension.
The vehicle had a power-to-weight ratio of 330 horsepower per ton at just 1,200 kilograms of weight.
Some of the greatest race car drivers of the day, including Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, and Carroll Shelby, all raced the 450S. In 1957, the vehicle dominated sports car racing and assisted Maserati in capturing the World Sportscar Championship.