Maserati 1956 Model Estimated at $3.75m

A 1956 Maserati coming up for sale by Broad Arrow Auctions at the Monterey Jet Center auction this coming 17th-18th August has been estimated to sell for up to $3.75m.

The 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Zagato Berlinetta, retained within the consignor’s collection since 2008, is an example is one of only 20 Zagato bodied variants built, and the only known example with a double-bubble roof. This expertly restored and highly decorated example has a period race history, including the famous Mille Miglia in 1956, circuit races at Monza, and numerous hill-climbs well documented in print by Walter Bäumer, and a comprehensive report by Adolfo Orsi Jr. Its colourful, outsized history makes it a compelling choice for one of the most unique and interesting Maseratis to emerge from Modena and Milan.

In the pantheon of coachbuilt, post-war sports cars, the Tipo A6G/2000 more commonly known as the A6G/54 sits in rarified air. Alongside Allemano and Frua, the famous Carrozzeria Zagato provided bodywork for the Gran Turismo with approximately 20 bespoke closed-roof Berlinettas produced by the Milanese design house during the three years of A6G/54 production.

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With a free-flowing, elegant Zagato design, this A6G/54 was clothed in lightweight aluminum bodywork, with the silhouette showcasing a purposeful form, its racing intentions, and, for this example alone, the trademark Zagato “double-bubble roof .” Hand-built with custom coachwork, minute details vary on each A6G/54 providing a unique opportunity to trace the lineage of a particular chassis number through historical photographs and documentation.

Of course, no post-war Italian GT is simply about its looks, no matter how alluring they may be. At the heart of Maserati’s GT Berlinetta was a 2.0-litre, dual overhead camshaft inline-six derived from Maserati’s A6GCS and A6GCM competition cars. Three Weber DCO/3 carrburetors fed the 1,986 cc engine and with twin-spark ignition debuting in 1956, anincrease in horsepower to an impressive 160 hp. Naturally, a lightweight and aerodynamic Italian GT with a race-bred engine would be designed with all the componentry to support it with coil-sprung independent front suspension with Houdaille lever-arm type shock absorbers, hydraulic drum brakes and Borrani wire wheels.

Visit the Broad Arrow website to view this, and many more offerings coming to the Monterey Jet Center auction held in conjunction with the Hagerty Motorlux event.

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