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  Maserati 6CM
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1936 - 1939
Numbers built:28
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Chassis: 1540
Completed early in 1937, this 6CM was sold new to Naples, Italy-based racer Giovanni Rocco. He had started racing Maseratis in 1934 and was so successful with this 6CM that he was asked to join the works team in 1938. With chassis 1540, he led the Targa Florio until a burnt valve prompted him to retire. Later that year, he won Coppa Acerbo and Circuito di Campione d'Italia in this 6CM. Thanks to his works drive, Rocco no longer needed chassis 1540 in 1938 and he sold it on to Giuseppe Negro. He raced the car in various events but usually was led down by mechanical issues. In 1940, Secondo Rossi used the car to 11th overall in the Targa Florio.

After the War, the Maserati Voiturette racer was acquired by Charles Mortimer through British dealer Charles Brackenbury. Mortimer raced the car in various events and then changed hands several times in England before it was sold to Scottish collector Raymond Fielding. After a three-decade ownership, chassis 1540 was acquired from Fielding by American collector Sam Mann. He had the car restored by specialist Sean Danaher. During this process, it was determined that the car retained all the major original components, including the body panels complete with stamps. Following the restoration, it was raced at select events in North America.

In 2006, it was sold on and it was then re-painted in the striking silver livery it wears today. Chassis 1540 was then displayed at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and it has since been shown at three more events in California and Arizona. In 2017, it was consigned to the Gooding Pebble Beach Auctions.


Chassis details
Manufactured in February 24, 1937
Engine number 1540
First owner Giovanni Rocco
Last known location American Private Collection
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Most recent auction(s)

2017 Monterey Auctions 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2005 Monterey Historic Automobile Races

  Article Image gallery (51) 1540 Specifications