When an automaker designs (or at least lends its name to) a bicycle, it serves more than just as a two-wheeled mechanical transport: it embodies what the brand stands for. So when Lexus made one, it was a hybrid. When McLaren did, it was streamlined and made out of carbon fiber. The BMW M division's is made of aluminum and painted matte anthracite, while Audi's is made of wood. (You'd have figured Land Rover's would be a mountain bike, yet it wasn't – but all-wheel-drive champion Subaru's was.)
The latest to join the field is Maserati, which has teamed up (appropriately enough) with Sicilian bicycle workshop Montante on this decidedly retro ride. The 8CTF pays tribute to the eponymous Maserati racer in which Wilbur Shaw took the checkered flag – two years running – at the Indianapolis 500 seventy years ago. The deliciously detailed, made-to-measure bike features only one speed and a single disc brake, and will be strictly limited to 200 examples, each selling for €3,600 ($5,200) through the online Maserati Store.
Unique details and an exclusive design for the new limited-edition bike made by Montante Cicli for Maserati
The new Montante for Maserati 8CTF was designed to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Wilbur Shaw's victory of the 500 miles of Indianapolis behind the wheel of a Maserati 8CTF.
The Sicilian company, famous for the amazing bikes it produces, has teamed up with Maserati in order to deliver a product which embodies the excellence and the Italian style from both brands.
The Montante for Maserati 8CTF is produced in a limited edition of just 200 pieces individually numbered. Montante for Maserati bicycles are made-to-measure to fit the rider perfectly. As sizes vary from person to person it is important, when purchasing the frame, to choose the perfect size.
The 8CTF model, a single speed bicycle, comes from one of Montante's original designs which made it one of the leading industries in the field.
Developed and produced by Montante Cicli in Italy, the Maserati 8CTF is embellished by unique and distinctive details: the silver Trident on a grey background on the hubs are inspired by the Maserati's supercharged three-litre engine; the Maserati logo in a Thirties' style on the frame reprises the metallic plate identifying the car's chassis; the enamelled oval is a faithful reproduction of the one on the car's bonnet.
And last but not least the number 1 is the same as the one featured on Shaw's car with which he won, twice in a row, the world's most famous American race. From the Montante-Maserati collaboration, a new bicycle has been produced for all the admirers of the Trident Marque.
The limited edition Montante for 8CTF Maserati bike is made to order and is available through the online Maserati Store: www.maseratistore.com at a price of £3,204 (3600 Euros) plus shipping.