Want to know what a 1950s Formula 1 straight-six sounds like at full chat? Look no further than the video above from YouTube’s Gumbal, which shows the legendary Maserati 250F T3 ‘Piccolo being driven at speed around Circuit de Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.
The Maserati 250F was built by Maserati to race in the 2.5-liter F1 series between January 1954 and November 1960. It utilized a 2.5-litre Maserati A6 straight-six engine, which produced 220 horsepower at 7,400 RPM, however in 1956 a 2.5-liter V12 engine was experimented with. All told, the 250F entered 41 F1 Grands Prix and won eight races, including the 1956 Monaco Grand Prix and Italian Grand Prix in the hands of Stirling Moss.
Watch this unique 250F T3 Piccolo buzz around Spa in the video above. It should serve as a reminder that even in 1950, Formula 1 sounded more visceral and dramatic than it does now. That’s not to say we’re not excited for the approaching start to the 2016 F1 season, though.