1956 Maserati A6

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1956
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    018
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

PROVENANCE
Richard L. “Dick” Cicurel, Paris, France (acquired new in August 1956 via Garage Mirabeau)
Officine Alferi Maserati S.p.A., Modena, Italy (repurchased from the above in January 1957)
Francesco Tenerelli, Milan, Italy (acquired from the above in January 1957)
Commendatore Amedeo Delle Molo, Italy (acquired from the above in April 1957)
John H. Boyd, Glendale, California (circa 1976)
Oliver Kuttner, Charlottesville, Virginia
Peter Kaus, Aschafenburg, Germany (acquired from the above in September 1988)
Evert Louwman, The Hague, Netherlands (acquired from the above in 2004)
Current Owner (acquired from the above in December 2006)

EXHIBITED
International Maserati Club Concours d’Elegance, Modena, Italy, July 2009 (Best of Show)
Schloss Dyck Classic Days, Juchen, Germany, August 2010 (First in Class 5E)
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Villa Erba, Italy, May 2012 (Shown in Class E)

THIS CAR
Maserati launched the A6G/2000 in 1954, a successor to the 1.5-liter A6G and one of the greatest postwar grand touring automobiles. Also known as the A6G/54 Gran Turismo, its triple-carbureted two-liter DOHC six delivered fierce performance and benefited from the many lessons learned in competition with its A6GCS sports racers and A6GCM Formula 2 monopostos. From 1956, several private Italian owners wrung them out on hill climbs, long-distance road races, and racing circuits. The model competed effectively through the early 1960s. Just 60 were built from 1954 through 1957, with handsome and luxurious bodies by Allemano, Frua, and Zagato.

All A6G/2000s were highly individualized in character to meet the specific demands of Maserati’s elite clientele; However, none were as specialized as this example, originally numbered 2144 and subsequently switched to 2147 by Maserati.

The history of this special AG6/2000 was compiled with the assistance of Ermanno Cozza, the historian of Maserati, and it is confirmed as the sole example to leave the factory as a rally car.

It was special-ordered new by Richard L. “Dick” Cicurel, an American businessman in Europe who was an enthusiastic sports car racer during the early 1950s. Accordingly, Cicurel demanded approximately 50 items and upgrades to his car, all carefully selected with the obvious intention of creating a car fit for serious open-road rally competition.

Among the many unique features specified from new are Marchal Fantastique recessed fog lamps, special reversing lights, a shorter rear-end ratio, larger bumpers, and an increased-capacity fuel tank with a racing-style filler cap. The interior was also specially equipped with extra instruments, a Halda Speedpilot, passenger-side map light, Becker radio, and a Jaeger-LeCoultre chronograph taken from Cicurel’s Bugatti. He also requested a special two-tone color scheme of Rosso Alfa Romeo over black, with the interior trimmed in black leather with red piping and carpets.

Extensive documentation between Cicurel, Maserati, and Carrozzeria Allemano accompanies the sale of the car and demonstrates the truly impressive scope and scale of its factory-original specifications and the clarity of Cicurel’s vision for this car. According to Ermanno Cozza, this specially-ordered A6G/2000 was among the most expensive Maserati road cars built, due to its extraordinary list of bespoke features.

After placing his order with Maserati agent Franco Cornacchia, the famed Italian racing driver, Cicurel faced several delays but eventually took delivery of the special Maserati in Paris. He raced the car in several rallies, but after it was involved in an accident, Cicurel sold the car back to Maserati after having kept it for several months. Maserati repaired the A6G/2000 and, as documented by factory paperwork, changed the chassis number from 2144 to 2147, which it bears today. The company also photographed the car, which displayed the handsome two-tone livery, for use on Maserati advertisements and brochures.

Next, two owners in Italy took turns keeping the car, and then it migrated to the US. By the end of the 1980s, this Maserati was acquired by owners in Europe: first by Peter Kaus of Germany’s Rosso Bianco collection; then by the collection of Evert Louwman of The Hague, Netherlands; and, finally, in December 2006, by the current owner, also of The Netherlands.

The current owner had the Maserati restored by well-known marque experts in Europe: Carrozzeria AutoSport (Bachelli e Villa) in Modena for bare-metal body repairs and refinishing; Officina Candini, also in Modena, for mechanical work; and Stefano Maieli of Roverbella for the interior, which included specially woven, original-specification carpets. A great effort was made to restore this unique Maserati to its original purpose-built specification as delivered to Richard Cicurel in 1956.

Post-restoration, the Maserati earned Best of Show at the July 2009 Maserati Club Concours d’Elegance and First in Class at Schloss Dyck in 2010, and it was invited to, and displayed at, the world-renowned Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2012. In addition to its many fascinating features, intrinsic beauty, and engineering excellence, this spectacular automobile is accompanied at auction with an incredible dossier of historical paperwork covering its early life, including detailed correspondence between Maserati and Carrozzerria Allemano, Auto Club d’Italia papers, restoration and post-restoration images, concours entries, and its FIVA identity papers that were issued in 2012.

One of the most fascinating coachbuilt Maseratis, this singular A6G/2000 Allemano Coupe will be welcomed at a veritable multitude of top concours and classic rallies including the Mille Miglia should the new owner choose to enter.