|Maserati A6 GCS|
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|In the golden years of road racing during the 1950s, it was Maserati who could rightly be called the greatest of the great. Their fabulous engines, beautiful designs and continued success against their rivals ensured that Maserati was the marque to beat. |
The importance of this A6GCS, chassis 2043, must be acknowledged. It began its racing career as a works entry in the 1953 Mille Miglia, driven by the legendary Formula One driver Luigi Musso. This was swiftly followed up with first overall at the Perugina Cup Race, the first of many Italian circuit races. By the end of the season he was crowned victor in the 2-litre sportscar class of the Italian Sportscar Championship. Musso, never one to spend too much time away from a race circuit, then had 2043 sent to America so he could compete in the 1954 12 Hours of Sebring.
Yet the best was still to come. Musso, not satisfied with his result from the Mille Miglia the previous year, ensured that he and 2043 were once again entered in the famous road race by the Maserati works team. After a tough drive, Musso brought 2043 home a heroic third overall, a fabulous achievement that drew great acclaim. Musso, satisfied with his success, allowed the factory to pass 2043 on to fellow Italian Arrigo Maccharini, a respected privateer, who continued to compete at events including both the 1956 and ‘57 Mille Miglia.
After a highly competitive career, 2043 enjoyed a well earned rest, hiding away in Italy for many years. The current owner’s family acquired the Maserati 15 years ago, appointing marque specialist Mario Linke and Capricorn Engineering to restore this historic sports racing car. The history file that accompanies 2043 is extensive, including the original ‘Autovettura’ Italian registration document under the name of Officine Alfieri Maserati as well as invoices detailing the extensive restoration.
In terms of sports racing Maserati A6GCSs, 2043 ranks as one of the best, if not the best, in the world. Its impeccable history – as a works car, piloted by the hero Musso on two Mille Miglias, at Sebring and also to victory in the 1953 2-litre sports car class, before a further two Mille Miglia appearances – ensures that the importance of this Maserati A6GCS cannot be underestimated. Available now for the first time in many years, this is an opportunity that cannot be missed.
Sold on the 18.05.2011
|14 Queens Gate Place Mews|
|London SW7 5BQ|
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