In the June issue of MOTOR SPORT, your report on the VSCC Donington meeting described my Maserati 6CM as “hybrid”. My dictionary defines something “Hybrid” as “being of mixed ancestry”. My car, chassis no. 6CM.1531 of 1936, is fitted with engine no. 1554 of 1938, and has been so equipped at least since 1946 when it finished third in the Italian Grand Prix driven by Raymond Sommer (Car and Driver magazine October, 1963); even the fuel tank and under trays are marked 1531; where is the ancestral incongruity?
Presuming that you have more information than do I, and bearing in mind your encyclopaedic knowledge of motoring, I await your hopefully enlightening reply with interest.
Never before having written a letter to MOTOR SPORT magazine, which I have taken regularly since 1961, may I take this opportunity to thank you for such an enjoyable 24 years reading.
London, SE18 P. D. COLBORNE [According to the programme of the VSCC Donington meeting, Mr Colborne’s car is quoted as a Maserati 6CMJ4CM and dated 1936/38. This suggests that it is a combination of the 6-cylinder and 4-cylinder Maseratis of the 1930s which would constitute a hybrid. We are however pleased to publish the above letter from the car’s owner. — Ed.).