Mille Miglia eligible
1957 Maserati A6G/54GT Coupé
Registration no. Carrozzeria Allemano
Chassis no. 2116
Engine no. 2112 (see text below)
When post-war production resumed in 1947, as well as continuing in its traditional role as builder of Grand Prix cars, Maserati commenced the manufacture of sports-racing and road cars. Its first true road-going model - the A6 1500 - made its sensational public debut at the 1947 Geneva Salon, where the Pinin Farina-bodied coupé was well received by both press and public. The A6 1500's engine was a 1,488cc single-overhead-camshaft six, similar to the A6GCS sports car's 2.0-litre unit. Its chassis was of the ladder frame type, the double-wishbone front suspension was derived from racing practice and coil springs suspended the live rear axle.
In 1954 Maserati introduced the A6G/54, which was clearly aimed at customers seeking to combine everyday road-going practicality with occasional competition use. The first A6G/54 made its debut at the 1954 Paris Salon, wearing coupé coachwork by Carrozzeria Frua. The A6G engine was an in-line six-cylinder with twin overhead camshafts and bore/stroke dimensions of 76.5x72mm for a displacement of 1,986cc. Equipped with three twin-choke Weber car¬burettors, it delivered a claimed 150bhp at 6,000rpm. Dry weight was around 840kg and maximum speed in the region of 195-210km/h. The A6G/54's tubular chassis was similar to that of its predecessor's but incorporated improved suspension and A6GCS inspired steering and brakes.
Bodies were commissioned from Zagato (20 coupés and one spider), Frua (six coupés and 12 spiders) and Allemano (21 coupés). Maserati designated them 'Tipo A' for the Frua Spyder, 'Tipo B' for the Frua Coupé, 'Tipo C' for the Allemano Coupé and 'Tipo D' for the Zagato Coupé, the latter being a lightweight version intended for racing in the GT category. Frua had enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Maserati but the Turin-based coachbuilder was slow to introduce new styles, preferring quirky embellishments of existing designs, and delivery times were lengthy. Zagato's spartan, competition orientated offerings were not to everyone's taste either, so Maserati looked for an alternative, which it found in Serafino Allemano, another Torinese coachbuilder.
Soberly attractive, Allemano's coupés are characterised by fine and accurate workmanship, fully in accordance with Maserati's policy of building highly prestigious grand touring cars. Luxury accessories such as a radio, a Smiths heating system, and fitted luggage for the boot compartment, emphasised the move towards a high quality product.
Chassis number 2116 is one of the mere 21 Allemano-bodied examples and was dispatched new from Maserati to Abdo G. Enrique of Maracaibo, Venezuela June 10, 1957. It carried a price tag of 3,034,000 Lire. According to the Maserati records and mentioned in the Orsini-Zagari Maserati book, page 151, a substitute engine was fitted to chassis number 2116 on May 16, 1957 by the Maserati Works before the delivery to the first official owner in Venezuela. Engine 2112 is a twin-plug racing engine to full A6GS specification, originally fitted to a Zagato-bodied A6G driven by Belgian racing driver Paul Frère in 1956. We are informed by the car's current custodian that annotations in the Maserati archives by Mr. Cozza, Maserati's then oldest employee from the 1950's who later became the factory's main archivist from the 1960's, show in his factory notes that as of the mid-1960's 2116 was confirmed as still running with engine 2112 . The original engine plate 2112 is still mounted to the bulkhead of 2116. According to the vendor the engine stamping 2112 on the sump, all the part and assembly numbers on the engine and cam tower, the original camshafts and all and every chassis identification number along with all the factory identification plates bear the original stampings and are genuine. In 2013 the racing engine 2112 - and gearbox underwent a total rebuild at a cost of circa 75,000. The vendor further informs us that it was confirmed by the Maserati archive department in July 2013 that there is no record, invoice, production order or notation of two engines bearing the same number in either the 2112 or 2116 archive files.
From the 1960s onwards the Maserati resided in Southern California and in 1981 was owned by Larry Wright of San Diego. In the 1990's it returned to Italy where it has been part of a prominent collection of Italian racing and sports cars near Firenze and was more recently prepared for participation in the Mille Miglia where it was accepted but did not compete as the owner decided to enter another car from his collection. The Maserati has also been featured in several magazines.
Today this rare car is believed to have covered a mere 103,200 kilometers from new and still retains its original colour scheme of 'Blu Ritratto' with chestnut leather trim. 2116 has always been well maintained and the coachwork has always been in excellent condition. The undercarriage is clean and orderly and the interior is mostly original and much of the chrome has never been restored Its coloured instrumentation matching the exterior colour is particularly noteworthy.
The Maserati is currently registered on Italian papers and comes with a copy of the California certificate of title, valid FIVA identity papers, an Italian ASI certificate, a copy of the original Maserati factory delivery order dated June 10th 1957, a Certificato D' Origine issued by Maserati April 19, 1957 along with the delivery order for the first owner. The latter document lists the car's original specification, and further 1957 documents confirm a fitting of the second engine.
Offered for sale at auction for the very first time ever, this handsomely presented rare Maserati A6G/54 berlinetta is eligible for the popular Mille Miglia and can participate in a multitude of other prestigious events run not only in Europe but also in Japan, Australia and the USA. A rare opportunity to acquire a stylish, competition derived Gran Turismo from an historic and respected marque which will celebrate its centenary year in 2014.
- Please note that the engine bearing the number 2112 and fitted to this car appears to be the correct type twin plug, wet sump with chain drive distribution unit for a Maserati A6G 2000 bearing the correct period stampings. We however believe that the factory plates mounted to the bulkhead are not period but of more recent manufacture.