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1953 Maserati Sport 2000

Chassis no. *2066*
Engine no. *2047*
Coachbuilder Fiandri & Malagoli
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In the 1954 and 1955 Mille Miglia. It raced between 1954 and 1956 with the gentleman driver Alberico Cacciari. Found in South America in the 1980s and restored.

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no. 31 manufactured, 15th built. No. 53 manufactured, 15th built

The new post-war models from Maserati, featuring the A6 1,500-cubic centimeter six-cylinder and the A6G two-liter six-cylinder engines, showcased sprightly performance. However, the Modenese house also aimed to revive its previously victorious racing ambitions from the 1930s. Officially designated as the '2000 Sport,' the new Maserati sports racer was better known as the A6GCS. The model designation pays homage to Alfieri (Maserati) 6-cylinder Ghisa (cast iron crankcase) Corsa Sport. In fact, this car was the last design conceived under the Maserati brothers Ernesto, Ettore, and Bindo before their departure, with guidance from their eventual successor in the technical department, Alberto Massimino. The initial A6GCS had a coupe body, but this was quickly replaced in favor of a much lighter 'siluro' or cycle fender body, created for Maserati by Medardo Fantuzzi. One of the most recognizable features of Series I was a single headlight (monofaro) mounted in the grille. Fitted with a four-speed gearbox, the A6 engine was installed at a slight angle to the side to achieve a low seating position for the driver, within a conventional ladder frame constructed by specialists Gilco using round-steel side and cross members. Suspension featured double wishbones and coil springs at the front, and a live axle and semi-elliptic leaf springs at the rear. Houdaille lever arm shock absorbers were found on all four corners, as were the hydraulically operated drum brakes. The A6GCS was campaigned by the works team and also offered to customers. Continuous development led to each car having unique characteristics. A total of 15 cars were made, with two exported to Brazil (chassis 2012 and 2019) and only one to the US. Two team cars raced with Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi during 1947/48, the latter winning the Italian championship both years. It was eventually succeeded by a new model that incorporated all the updates. Introduced in 1953, this 'Series II' was accordingly known as the A6GCS/53.

The second version of the Sport 2000, also known as A6GCS/53, was a two-seater racing car manufactured by Maserati from 1953 to 1955. After several years, it became apparent that the technical design and power output of the A6GCS were limited in comparison to Ferrari and Lancia. Meanwhile, the considerable number of races dedicated to the sports-car category in the first half of the 1950s proved to be a strong attraction for manufacturers, including Maserati, which had always been committed to a commercial policy. In 1953, the task of improving the A6GCS was taken up with the assistance of a new addition to the design department: the talented and versatile Gioacchino Colombo (formerly with Alfa Romeo and Ferrari). Following the directives for the 2000 cc class, Colombo successfully implemented them with an F2 single-seater and went on to design a new 2-litre sports car using the same engine. The power unit featured three carburetors, a dry sump, aluminum cylinder block, twin sparks, and twin cams—an engineering marvel whose basic design was later adopted by BMW. By focusing on refining the engine's performance and combining it with a Gilco chassis basis (a revised version of the existing one), the project proved to be valid. The second edition of the A6GCS began its career in semi-official form in the spring of 1953, showcasing impressive performances for a group of selected customers and serving as a formidable promotional vehicle. The A6GCS/53 proliferated in Europe and the Americas, serving as an excellent training car for a whole generation of drivers. Production continued until the end of 1955, surpassing the 50 units produced. Almost all of them were set up in a spider version, created by Medardo Fantuzzi and, alternatively, by Celestino Fiandri. The car featured a distinctive appearance with its high front fenders. No two A6GCS/53 cars looked exactly alike, starting from the different versions of the radiator grills with varying numbers of vertical bars, without the Trident emblem or with the Trident in the center and one, two, or three horizontal bars. A notable distinguishing feature between cars with Fantuzzi and Fiandri coachwork is that Fantuzzi’s bodies had a long bulge to accommodate the side exhaust. Additionally, there were two spiders from Frua, one from Vignale, and three Pininfarina berlinettas. While Maserati was not as skilled at promoting its cars, the A6GCS/53 proved to be a commercial success in Europe, particularly in Italy. Marketing and promotion were more successful in the USA, although only a few units were sold new there.

According to a letter from Officine Alfieri Maserati S.p.A. Automobili dated February 13, 1989 and addressed to Mr. Antoine Prunet, this Maserati A6GCS with chassis no. 2066 was completed on April 9, 1954 and sold to Dott. Alberico Cacciari on April 25, 1955. This letter states that it is not documented who was the first driver that drove this car but some mechanics confirmed that it was Dott. Cacciari the first that drove it. He was a wealthy gentleman driver from Bologna that after the end of WW2 started to race randomly. He began racing with some little FIAT and moved on with OSCA, Ferrari, Maserati. The gentleman driver faced many races with the Maserati chassis no. 2066, from 1954 to 1956. In 1956 Dott. Cacciari started racing a Mercedes-Benz 300SL and like so many Italian competition cars, this Maserati was sold and re-appeared in the early 80s in Venezuela. The story of chassis no. 2066 during the period 1957 – 1980 is yet to be discovered. What is known is that Mr. Edoardo Magnone, a FIAT director operating in South America, found it fitted with an American V8 engine and transmission. Mr. Magnone sold it to Richard Crump that imported the car in the UK and started a complete restoration. It arrived in the UK on June 18, 1981 without engine, gearbox and rear axle, and the body had some damage but was repairable. Around 1986/87 the body was repaired and the chassis was fitted with a correct and original rear axle. The restoration project together with a complete and original gearbox, as well as some original engine parts, was sold to Mr. J.J. Leon, a veterinary doctor who lived in Frejus, South of France. Mr. Leon finished the restoration and owned the car for a number of years. After his death, the car was sold to Mr. Massimo Colombo who was a dealer and had a customer for the Maserati. Unfortunately, Mr. Colombo died in the process of selling the car and his widow sold the car to German dealer Klaus Werner that in 1997 sold the car to Mr. Hubert Leucther. In 2006 the Maserati was sold again to the current owner.