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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1953 - 1954
Numbers built:4
Introduced at:1954 Turin Motor Show
Designed by:Pinin Farina
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:July 28, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIn 1953, Pinin Farina was firming up its ties with Ferrari to become the manufacturer's coach-builder of choice. When the opportunity arose to cloth rival Maserati's latest sports racer with a striking coupe body, the carrozzeria had to walk on eggshells. In order not to upset Enzo Ferrari, the A6GCS/53 chassis were first sold to the Maserati's Rome representative, Giuglielmo 'Mimmo' Dei, who in turn commissioned Pinin Farina to cloth the cars. This elaborate construction was well worth the effort as it resulted in one of the most beautiful cars of all time.

The recently introduced, race-bred A6GCS/53 chassis was a development of the A6GCS introduced in the late 1940s. Among the most significant changes was the adoption of a twin overhead camshaft version of the two-litre, straight six first used in the A6GCM Grand Prix car. The 170 hp engine was fitted in a tubular chassis constructed from two large diameter side members, reinforced by numerous smaller diameter sections. Suspension was by double wishbones at the front and a live rear axle. Large hydraulic drum brakes provided plenty of stopping power.

The low-slung chassis proved an ideal platform for a superbly proportioned coupe body. The design featured a prominent oval radiator intake flanked by two covered headlights. Following a long engine cover needed to clear the straight six engine, the Pinin Farina Berlinetta featured a relatively compact and low cockpit. The driver's visibility was ensured by the use of a wrap-around windshield. The car's competition origins were accentuated by the use of twin side-pipes running along under the left sill. Although some cues were familiar, Pinin Farina managed to create a distinct and unique design for the Maserati chassis.

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