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Maserati A6G/54 2000 Spyder by Zagato, #2101, 1955

  • The A6 marks the transition point between Maserati's strict, racing-focused past and its road car future. Powered by a 2-litre inline 6-cylinder motor, the unit was developed for Formula 2 competition and became a winning proposition in sports car racing. In this respect, the A6 is counterpoint to the Ferrari 500—also powered by a motor developed for Formula 2 racing, built into a series of berlinetta and spyder-bodied sports cars—and bears similarities to the Ferrari 166 MM as well.
  • Chassis #2101 debuted at the 1955 Geneva Salon, where Argentinian President Juan Perón requested that he purchase the car. First, however, Perón sent the car back to Zagato for a few cosmetic changes; these included a new windscreen, new grille, and new bonnet scoop. Thence prepared to the President's liking, this A6G never made the trip to South America owing to a coup d'état in September of 1955 that sent Perón and his wife into exile. Upon assumption of power, the new regime illustrated Perón's indulgence in luxury items, although this Maserati never had the opportunity to become evidence.
  • Close to becoming part of Argentinian political history, chassis #2101 went on to lead a quiet, well cared for life. The A6G returned to the Zagato stand for the 1958 Paris Salon, and soon after passed through the capable hands of two Americans living abroad in France—one a diplomat, and the other a lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Air Force. The Maserati then ventured state-side where it was maintained in running order for a brief spell before being stored for nearly 20 years. By the year 2000, the car's owner brought the Maserati out of storage and took the car through a full restoration. Never depleted from its 1958 Paris configuration, still bearing the changes requested by Perón, chassis #2101 remains a magnificent representative of vintage Italian motoring.
  • The Zagato firm became known in the post-War era for closed coupé bodies that delivered a sporting advantage due to their lightweight construction. Thus, with nearly all of their efforts dedicated to closed racing cars, a post-War Zagato spyder is a truly rare article. What's more, even though this is an open-top car, chassis #2101 conforms to a grand touring standard of execution. The plush interior, elegantly understated coachwork, and high-metallic paint are all attributes of a vehicle built for pleasure above all else. The car's colorful history combined with its rich appointments make chassis #2101 a true gem—visually arresting, and satisfactory to the highest degree of motorcar envy.

 

Last Updated: Sep 6, 2017