We’re not sure why, but lately an array of automakers have released their own branded bicycles. McLaren teamed up with Specialized on a carbon-fiber racing bike, BMW unveiled a lineup of mountain and road bikes, and Audi applied its logo to a set of hardwood bicycles made in Oregon. Now it’s time for something a little more traditional, in the form of a Maserati-branded bike built by Italy’s Montante Cicli.
The Maserati 8CTF is a retro affair -- fitting, as builder Montante was founded in the 1920s -- and celebrates the 70th anniversary of a Maserati 8CTF winning the Indianapolis 500. The single-speed bike is adorned with historic Maserati logos, including a 1930s-style chassis plate and trident emblem. The bike has a “1” logo in reference to the number on the Indy 500-winning 8CTF of the 1930s. Each one is hand-built based on the buyer’s measurements to ensure it fits perfectly.
The design, including the red-on-black color scheme and bulging whitewall tires, is based on one of Montante’s original bicycles, but there is one modern touch: A front disc brake. Just 200 of the bikes will be produced at a price of £3204 (around $5200) apiece. Get your checkbooks ready, Maserati fans.