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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1953 - 1955
Numbers built:46
Predecessor:Maserati A6GCS
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:April 30, 2019
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Chassis: 2071
In May of 1954, French gentleman racer Jean Estager dispatched his mechanic to the Maserati factory to pick up his newly acquired A6GCS/53. Contrary to the assurances of the factory, chassis 2071 was not fully assembled yet. Estager instructed his mechanic to help with the final assembly to ensure he was already familiar with the car before it ever turned a wheel in anger. Recent research from marque experts revealed that the engine fitted to the car was actually the one used by Luigi Musso to finish third in the Mille Miglia in a sister A6GCS/53. It was painted French racing blue but registered to an Italian in Bologna, no doubt to avoid paying customs.

It was extensively raced in hill climbs, circuit races and road rallies during the remainder of the 1954 season by Estager and Maurice Michy. Among the most notable results were a sixth overall in the Tour de France and several podium finishes in minor French races. Ahead of the 1955 season, the car was returned to the factory and rebuilt for the next owner, Amelio Caravaglia of Milan. The car continued to be raced by successive Italian owners trough to the 1957 season. Its finally known contemporary appearance was at the Caracas Grand Prix in 1957. The car practiced but was eventually not raced.

Chassis 2071 remained in Venezuela and a few years later resurfaced and was sold to a Californian enthusiast in 1961. It was parked outside a coconut plantation until 1977 when it was acquired by Richard Crump in unrestored condition. It was fully restored for Crump in England and then sold to Germany in 1986. Since then, it has been regular competitor in the Mille Miglia retrospective in the hands of the German and then an American owner. Through Gregor Fisken, it was sold back to the same German collector in the mid-2010s. He decided to part with the well-documented A6GCS/53 for a second time in 2022 when it sold for a startling €3.4 million at the Artcurial Le Mans Classic sale.


Chassis details
Manufactured in May 13, 1954
Engine number 2071
First owner Jean Estager
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  Article Image gallery (115) Chassis (3) 2071 Specifications