The legendary Italian marque of Maserati had been founded in 1926 as a manufacturer of, predominantly, single-seat racing cars. A number of two-seat sports variants were produced pre-World War 2 but they were relatively rare, particularly in contrast to the many Vetturetta or Voiturette-class purebred open-wheeled racing models they manufactured.
In 1937 the founding Maserati brothers sold their company to the industrialist Adolfo Orsi, who moved their factory from Bologna to Modena, and who retained the brothers’ services under a ten-year service contract. Upon its expiry they returned to Bologna where they founded their own independent OSCA company, but in Modena the Gruppo Orsi’s Automobili Maserati company went from strength to strength. The A6GCS was a very important model for them, and it enjoyed great racing success right from its debut in time for the 1947 season.
Ever since the first races of the single-seat Maserati 6CM, Ernesto Maserati had nurtured a plan to use that 6-cylinder engine as the basis of sports car. As early as September 1946 Ernesto Maserati and engineer Alberto Massimino had produced an unsupercharged 6C-1500 driven by its new owner Guido Barbieri to race wins at Mantua and then – with Gigi Villoresi behind the wheel – at Voghera. This 1500cc 6-cylinder with single overhead camshaft breathed through three twin-choke Weber carburettors and developed around 90bhp. For 1947 Maserati had learned that Ferrari was poised to launch a new 1500cc V12-engined sporting rival. The news was literally like a red rag to a bull. The result was the Maserati A6GCS. Major styling houses such as Pinin Farina and Frua subsequently produced Gran Turismo versions of the basic A6G – ‘G’ for ‘Ghersa’, ‘iron’ crankcase engined model.
As Massimino adopted a racing orientated ladder frame chassis with oval-section main longeron tubes – made for Maserati by the same specialist Gilco company that supplied Ferrari – the A6G emerged most famously as the A6GCS model – ‘C’ for ‘Corsa’ (race) and ‘S’ for ‘Sport’. Drivers Alberto Ascari and Gigi Villoresi excelled in these lightweight and spartan new sports-racing cars through the 1947-48 seasons, and the early-style A6GCS progressed in specialist production into 1953 – at least 16 being manufactured before the twin-overhead camshaft A6GCS/53 replaced it in much more intensive production – over 50 of these later cars.
It is believed that 48 A6GCS/53 cars were produced with Spider bodies and four with the ‘Berlinetta Pininfarina’ closed coachwork. All were originally delivered with a 1985cc aluminum block, overhead twin-cam, twin-plug engine producing approximately 170 horse power. Through the years, many of the A6GCSs used for racing saw multiple engine changes and subsequent modifications. Often, American engines were inserted into the ageing chassis/body assemblies to replace the careworn 6-cylinder in-line Maserati originals.
Aluminum Coachwork build by the legendary Giovanni Giordanengo, best known for his world class 250 TR and GTO evocations, this stunning A6GCS was built in Italy by him in 1989/1990. Giordanengo has become a household name in his own right. The Giordanengo body is now carefully mated to a matching numbers 1962 Maserati Sebring series 1, the chassis was shortened and the rear axel made narrower to the dimensions of the A6GCS spider body. Transmission is from a good ZF 5 speed box (55-18/3) and the engine and transmission have been moved back 40 cm in the chassis. The engine was rebuilt by Randy Randazzo in the 70s and 80s but will now require recommissioning.
Fitted with Borrani wire wheels, the rev counter instrument is Jaeger (maybe late A6G or early 3500 GT). Also 2 small instruments for oil and water (like later Sebrings), 3 switches from that era (like 3500 GT), a press button to start and a dash light (like 3500 GT). Head lamps are Carello. There are further parts present, a new water pump and inlet manifold, 3 Weber 40 DCOE carburettors, a radiator, a fuel tank with separate fuel cap (one-click racing style), 2 seat bodys (polyester), alternator, 2 ignition coils, hand brake handle for under-dash mount.
Car will be sold with a Bill of Sale and import documents from USA into Europe (Holland) and a Maserati Classiche, giving details about how it was produced new as a Series 1 Sebring.
The possibilities for this car are almost endless. It would make a welcome entrant in many prestigious events in the world, A very rare opportunity to own the nearest thing to a real A6GCS and become a welcome and respected member of a very exclusive club.
|Auction||Interclassics Maastricht January 2017|
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