The iconic Maserati A6G hails from the golden era of coach built Italian thoroughbreds. It is a name that evokes images of a by gone age of motoring. A time when style, grace and blistering performance took Maserati to the pinnicle of sports car design. This 1956 A6G/2000 Zagato has the honour of having competed in the worlds most prestegious racing event, the 1956 Mille Miglia. And it will be one of the highlights of RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale on 24th – 25th August.
This particular Maserati A6G is one of just 21 A6G/2000 examples. Custom-bodied in lightweight alloy by instantly recognizable coachbuilder, Zagato, it used aircraft inspired streamlining and was purpose-built for competition.
Chassis no. 2124 was Maserati’s factory demonstrator in the 1956 edition of the legendary Mille Miglia race, piloted by Luigi Taramazzo. Following its Mille Miglia debut, the A6G/2000 went on to compete in numerous period events internationally under private ownership. It has remained remarkably intact throughout its life.
After making multiple appearances on the Mille Miglia Storica in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s, the Maserati A6G was sold to the United States. There it was the subject of a painstaking, $800,000+ restoration by the craftsmen at Epifani and Steel Wings.
The restoration earned the car First in Class at the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. It also achieved Second in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance that same year.
Today, incredibly, the A6G/2000 Zagato retains its original engine and gearbox, one of less than a handful of examples that have remained numbers-matching over the last six decades. Boasting Maserati Classiche certification, chassis no. 2124 is being offered with an exhaustive history file. This has been documented by Adolfo Orsi, alongside books, tools, and restoration receipts.
“You get in this car, you turn the key, you fire it up, you get out on the road and it feels like you might be the first guy driving it out of Maserati in 1956—it’s that authentic,” says David Swig, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s.
“An A6G/2000 Zagato is hands-down one of the best GT cars of its era, and this particular example is truly among the best of the best, thanks to its original components, race history, documentation, restoration, and incredible good looks. For me, this car represents the zenith of Italian coachbuilding. It is instantly eligible for premier motoring events around the globe, and would certainly be welcome at the world’s top concours.”
A rare sight at auction, with custom coachwork by none other than Zagato and period competition history at one of racing’s greatest events, the Maserati is sure to be the jewel of any collection of Italian thoroughbreds. It carries an auction estimate of $4,250,000 – $5,250,000.
Article Source RM Sotheby’s
Additional Photos of the 1956 Maserati A6G