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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1953 - 1955
Numbers built:46
Designed by:Fantuzzi
Predecessor:Maserati A6GCS
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:April 30, 2019
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Click here to download printer friendly versionShortly after the War, Maserati introduced the company's first sports racer. Commonly referred to as the A6GCS, it was officially in production until 1950. Unlike the rest of the production run, the very last featured a twin-cam engine and as such provided a preview of the second generation A6GCS that was introduced in 1953. To easily distinguish it from the first generation model, the new-for-1953 sports racer was dubbed the A6GCS/53.

Like the final A6GCS, the '53' was powered by the two-litre straight six that was developed for the A6GCM Formula 2 car. This dry-sump engine featured an alloy cylinder head with twin camshafts and twin-spark ignition. The engine was fitted with three sizeable twin-choke Webers. The lovely 'six' produced around 170 bhp at 7,300 rpm. This power was transferred to the rear wheels through a four-speed gearbox with a synchromesh on the third and fourth gears.

The engine was mounted in a steel tubular frame with double wishbone suspension at the front and a live rear axle. Stopping power was provided on all four corners by hydraulically operated drum brakes. Whereas the earlier A6GCS was equipped with a cycle fender body, revised regulations meant that a fully enveloping body had to be fitted to the A6GCS/53. The standard 'Spyder' body was built by Fantuzzi. It consisted of aluminium panels mounted on a separate steel frame that was welded to the chassis.

Maserati's A6GCS/53 proved immediately competitive, finishing third overall and first and second in class in the 1953 Mille Miglia. The early success meant demand was high and between 1953 and 1955 over 50 examples were built. Although no two were alike, most of these were bodied by Fantuzzi with the standard Spyder bodywork. In addition to the Fantuzzi Spyders, four chassis were fitted with a striking coupe by Pinin Farina, while a further three featured Frua Spider bodies.

Eventually superseded by the four-cylinder engined 200S, the A6GCS/53 remained among the most successful two-litre sports racers for several years. Highly sought after today, they are eligible for all the major events and are regularly campaigned in historic races around the world.

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