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Maserati A6 GCS/53 Berlinetta by Pinin Farina, #2089, 1954

  • The A6 marks the transition point between Maserati's strict, racing-focused past and its road car future. The A6GCS is still pure racing car, while the balance of the A6 series tilts toward luxury sports. All are powered by a 2-litre inline 6-cylinder motor that was developed for Formula 2 competition. 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.

  • Strictly speaking, there was no Maserati-Pinin Farina connection; that liaison was locked down by Enzo Ferrari through contract, and quickly became a matter of legend. So the satisfaction of placing a Pinin Farina berlinetta body on the able A6 chassis came only through private commission. Six chassis were sequestered for Pinin Farina treatment by Guglielmo Dei, the Maserati agent of Rome, but in the end the firm managed to finish only four of them. The four chassis to receive original coachwork were, #2056, #2057, #2059, and #2060.

  • Our chassis, #2089, was originally a spyder with coachwork finished by Fantuzzi. The mount of Francesco Giardina, #2089 campaigned the Mille Miglia of 1955 and 1956, winning its class in 1955 while placing an admirable fourth overall. The car was shortly out of Giardina's hands when it returned to the factory in 1959, where it was rebodied with the Pinin Farina coachwork of #2060, the last of the four original cars. Thus, #2089 is a race-proven A6GCS with a beautiful, exceptionally rare body fitted to the car in period by the factory.

  • Body and chassis shuffling has led to six present-day Pinin Farina berlinetta cars. We know #2089 took the coachwork of #2060; also, #2070 took the coachwork of #2057. Both of these chassis that originally wore Pinin Farina alloy have since been rebodied. Pleasantly, Guglielmo Dei's intentions seem to have been satisfied in time, with six special A6GCS berlinetta cars complete, albeit two by means of evocation.

  • Note that even among these rare cars, Pinin Farina crafted two variants. Chassis #2057 featured a mean-looking, low-hood body style. That body has since been moved to #2070, and #2057 rebodied in the same style. Meanwhile, #2060, platform for the coachwork used here on #2089, has also been rebodied in the low-hood style. And so today, three slighly different examples of both Pinin Farina variants exist.

 

Last Updated: Sep 8, 2017