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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1956 Maserati 160/T4 Lusso

1956 Maserati 160/T4 Lusso

1956 Maserati 160 T4 Lusso

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled single-cylinder 4-stroke
Ignition: Coil and battery
Power Rating: 7.5 bhp @ 6,000rpm
Bore x Stroke: 60 x 58mm
Displacement: 158cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod-activated
Fuel Systems: Dell'Orto 18mm carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 230lb. dry
Top Speed: 60mph

1956 Maserati 160/T4 Lusso

Maserati motorcycles were made by Maserati Candele and Accumulatori (Maserati spark plugs and batteries) of Modena. Although owned by the same parent company that also ran the automobile plant, the motorcycle division was completely separate. The company became an instant motorcycle manufacturer by buying an existing factory, Italmoto, and moving it from Bologna to Modena. Comparatively rare outside Italy, Maserati are reputed to have built about 10,000 two-wheelers between 1953-61.