RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale Preview
1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta Zagato
Another car at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction this month that should whet the appetites for those craving for a vintage grand tourer with notable provenance would be this Maserati. The Zagato-bodied 1956 A6G/2000 Berlinetta featured here may appear to be a very well presented example of Italian elegance like a sharp, classic bespoke suit, but in fact it carries also quite a notable racing history.
Rather than just a mild-mannered road car, chassis 2124 is just one of the only 20 alloy-bodies of the closed or “Berlinetta” Maserati A6G/2000 hand-crafted by Carrozzeria Zagato. It was destined for competition as a member of the Maserati works team and was then handed over to the Italian gentleman racer, Luigi Taramazzo, to take part in the 1956 Mille Miglia.
2124 continued as a racer later that year, taking First in Class in a French hillclimb and won again at another race at Montlhery. After retiring from period competition, the car was sold off and was used as a road car and remained in France since 1960. By 1978, the Maserati remained in storage in Paris for many years until it found new owners in Spain and then back to Italy, where it was entered in a number of retrospective Mille Miglias and prestigious shows right up to recent times.
By 2012, the A6G/2000 moved on to the East Coast. For two years and over 7,000 man hours later, chassis number 2124 returned to its former glory by the current owner to show condition as it appears today.
Together with its matching number original engine, comprehensive historical documentation (including Maserati Classiche certification), original manuals, tool kits, racing pedigree and winning numerous awards at Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Villa d’Este, this stunning hand-made Zagato Maserati Berlinetta (which also has unique features that separates itself with the rest such as A6GCS comp clutch and Abarth muffler) is one complete gem of a car.
(Estimate: US$4,250,000 – $5,250,000)
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