The gorgeous, quintessentially Italian Maserati 450S was pushed from idea into existence by, believe it or not, an American. In 1956, American business man Tony Parravano approached Maserati to build a new V8 for him, to use in the chassis of his Kurtis Indy Car. Maserati had previously been working on a project named Tipo 54, with the number representing the year 1954. That first car was powered by a V6, but the intent was to ultimately put a bigger engine in it. Before they got to it, the project was shelved. Parravano's request compelled Maserati to resurrect that chassis and use it as the test bed for development of the American client's V8.