1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059

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Sophisticated early example and beautifully presented
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA

Sold for US$ 312,888 inc. premium
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA
Coachwork by Pinin Farina

Chassis no. 059

1,488cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Weber Carburetor
65bhp at 4,700rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes


*Sophisticated early Maserati in elegant Pinin Farina Berlietta form
*Researched by Maserati Historian Adolfo Orsi
*Participant in the 2003 La Festa Mille Miglia
*Welcomed entry to the worlds finest driving and concours events
*Presented with FIVA Identity Card and Maserati Factory build records



THE MASERATI A6 1500

Società Anonima Officine Alfieri Maserati was founded in Bologna in December 1914 by Alfieri Maserati together with his brothers Ettore and Ernesto, the fledgling company specializing in the preparation and tuning of Isotta Fraschinis for road racing. In the early 1920s a successful collaboration with Diatto led to Alfieri designing his first Grand Prix car, which formed the basis of the very first Maserati, the Tipo 26 of 1926. Maserati enjoyed considerable success in European voiturette racing throughout the 1930s but its most remarkable result was achieved across the Atlantic, where Wilbur Shaw won the Indianapolis 500 in 1939 and 1940.

When post-war production resumed in 1947, Maserati continued in its traditional role as builder of Grand Prix cars while commencing the manufacture of sports-racing and road cars. Its first true road model, the A6 1500, made its sensational debut at the 1947 Geneva Salon, where the Pinin Farina-bodied Berlinetta was acclaimed by both press and public. Like the contemporaneous Cisitalia 202, the all-aluminum Pinin Farina coachwork was a breakthrough in modern design, incorporating elegant hidden door handles and the classic Maserati grill.

The A6's engine was brilliant a 1,488cc single-overhead-camshaft six in aluminum and magnesium, similar to the A6GCS sports car's 2.0-litre unit, which produced its maximum output of 65bhp at 4,700rpm. The ladder frame chassis featured double-wishbone front suspension, derived from racing practice, while at the rear there was a coil-sprung live rear axle. Top speed, depending on coachwork, was in the region of 90-95mph. These early cars had a lovely combination of performance and luxury that set the pattern for Maserati road cars of later years.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The beautiful A6 1500 offered here, chassis no. 059, was the ninth car produced in the sixty-one car production run between 1947 and 1951. The car is believed to be the only Pinin Farina Berlinetta completed on the longer wheelbase chassis, in similar specification to the ones used for the two Cabriolets produced in the A6 1500 series, chassis no. 057 and 075.

059 was delivered new in July of 1949. The new Maserati was configured as it appears today; clothed with Pinin Farina's elegant Berlinetta coachwork and finished in a dark red Amaterro color. According to Maserati historian Adolfo Orsi, the cars first owner was a Mr. Americo Giol, resident of San Polo di Piave in Italy's Veneto region. It remains unclear for how long Americo would own 059, but long enough to impress his brother, Vittirio Giol who soon after seeing Americos new Maserati purchased similar A6 1500 Pinin Farina Berlinetta; chassis no. 078.

The Maserati Berlinetta migrated to the US and then UK in the 1970s, before returning to Italy in 1993. By the late 1990s the Maserati was in need of some refreshing, and the aging sports car was treated to a sympathetic restoration, before purchased in the year 2000 by a Japanese collector. In 2003, the A6 1500 was exercised as intended on the Japanese running of the legendary Mille Miglia event; La Festa Mille Miglia. 059 would remain in this ownership for the next decade, before being purchased by the consignor in 2010.

Early Maseratis are considerably more rare than Ferraris of comparable vintage, although Ferrari was just starting production at the time when chassis 059 emerged from the shop of its legendary racing forebears. Beautifully presented throughout, 059 offers the next owner Maserati ownership with elegant Pinin Farina styling. Displaying an older restoration that has settled in nicely, the A6 1500 is offered with its FIVA issued identity card, a Maserati service manual, and copies of numerous factory documents assembled by Adolfo Orsi. A welcomed entry to the finest driving and concours events around the world, such as the Mille Miglia Storica, this Italian thoroughbred is a sophisticated collector car with international appeal and pedigree.

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1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
1949 MASERATI A6 1500 BERLINETTA  Chassis no. 059
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