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From Enrico in the UK

Sir Stirling Moss OBE was taken to hospital after suffering two broken ankles following a fall at his Mayfair home.

I am sure you will all join me in wishing Sir Stirling a speedy recovery.

You can send your best wishes by visiting the Sir Stirling Moss web site at

From Lacy, Scott & Knight in the UK


The Auction Centre
Bury St Edmunds

13th March 2010


These two Maseratis, form part of a genuine barn find of 8 cars from a deceased estate just outside Bury St Edmunds.

All cars (with the exception of the Nissan Patrol) have been unused for at least 10 years, and in some cases for far longer.

The cars are all sold as seen; no attempt has been made by the auctioneers to start or mechanically inspect the vehicles.

Log books are available for inspection from the office.

Cars will only be released upon receipt of CLEARED FUNDS.

Buyers are reminded that upon the fall of the hammer the lots become their responsibility. Any vehicles not collected by 2pm on Monday 15th March will be removed to nearby safe storage at a cost of £75 per vehicle, with a further charge of £10 per car per day until collection.



4900cc V8 - Four door saloon - Silver

Reg No. G567 HRP

Chassis No. AM330/49*5768*

Engine No. 5768

Recorded Mileage 960

First registered 21/08/1989

Notes: This example came from the last year of manufacture, is left hand drive, and has been owned since new by the vendor.

Purchased from Emilia Concessionaires Ltd of Silverstone in August 1989 for £41,500 including VAT.



Estimate £7,000 - 9,000

SOLD FOR £14,500

LOT 751 - A MASERATI KHAMSINLacy, Scott & Knight

4930cc V8 - Two door coupé - Green.

Reg No. C778 UNX

Chassis No. & Engine No. AM120*419*

Recorded Mileage 12,688 miles

First registered 01/08/1985

Notes: Owned since new by the vendor, car without its dashboard and instrumentation although most parts appear to still be with the car.

Khamsin production officially ceased in 1982, although this example was first registered in 1985.



Estimate £10,000 - 15,000

SOLD FOR £25,000

From Enrico in the UK

Celebrating 10 years of Enrico's Maserati Pages!!


A big thank you to you all !!

From Mehmet in Turkey

"Ciao Enrico,

How are you?

My friend has just taken posession of a 1976 model Maserati Merak with orginal 30,000 km.; chassis number: AM122*0788*, engine number: 114503.

I don't have details of engine mechanics, 2.0 ?!?! 3.0?!?!?! and SS?!?!?

Please send me details and history?!, and I search for parts...

Best Regards,













Ciao Mehmet,

Thank you for your email and photos.

Maserati Merak

Chassis No: #AM122*0788*

Production date: 21st April 1976

Engine: 3-litre

Engine Tipo: 114.50.30

Colour: Argento Auteuil ( Max Meyer 16.287 )

Interior: Pelle Nera ( Connolly VM. 8500 )

Sold in Milan



From Enrico in the UK

Ciao Maseratisti,

Whilst browsing the internet, I came across this splendid example of one of the most sought-after road racing Maseratis; the A6G/54 Gran Turismo with coachwork by Zagato.

Now close your eyes and picture yourself at the wheel of this delightful beast as it graces the winding roads of the Mille Miglia. Setting off through the crowd-lined streets of Brescia and driving through village after village, town after town, city after city, as you make your way down to Rome and back again, passing through Modena on the way. It's what dreams are made of!! Well for some lucky owner the dream will become a reality, I only wish it was me!!

I am most grateful to Martin Chisolm of Martin Chisholm Collectors Cars, near Cheltenham for giving me his permission to publish these excellent photographs for us all to enjoy.

Oh did I mention? This beauty is currently available for sale.


Few companies can boast such a prestigious racing heritage as Maserati. The distinctive trident has graced the front of some of the greatest and most beautiful racing cars of all time.

Immaculately presented throughout you will struggle to find fault with this the 7th of only 20 Zagato bodied A6G/54 G.T.'s built. Delivered to Maserati's concessionaire in Rome, Gugliemo (Mimmo) Dei, and raced by Giuseppe Musso, the brother of the famous Maserati, and later Ferrari, racing driver Luigi Musso.

Benefiting from all of the curvaceous lines and evocative 50's detailing that Zagato are so famous for; this has to be one of, if not the quintessential 1950's Berlinettas, and no definitive Italian car collection can truly be complete without one.










Text and photos courtesy of Martin Chisholm Collectors Cars.

From Kimm in Norway


I have a Sebring series II ( #AM*101/10*015* ), and my mechanic wants to have a look at the electrics. Just wondering if anyone has a wiring diagram for the Sebring with the 3500 motor.

Maybe you can answer, or maybe you can post this on your splendid Maserati-site?

I am also very interested if anyone has any history at all on this car in the US and Italy.

I know the car was sold new in December 1964 in Torino, came to the U.S. sometime in 70s/80s and ended up in Norway in 1989. And, I also know the car originally was delivered in the color Yellow. I would be grateful for any info!

Regards from Oslo,


Kimm with his splendid Maserati Sebring 2a serie










I have checked through my Driver's Handbooks ( libro di uso e manutenzione ) for the 1958 and 1961 3500 GT, and there are no wiring diagrams.

If anyone can help, please send me the wiring diagram and index to

Thank you.


From Newspress in the UK



Based on the Quattroporte Sport GT S, the “Awards Edition” celebrates the countless awards that the Maserati flagship saloon has received since its debut.

The Quattroporte Sport GT S “Awards Edition”, the latest jewel in the Maserati range, will make its official debut at the prestigious Geneva Auto Show next week. The car will be unveiled during the press conference, on Tuesday, March 2nd 2010 on the Maserati stand (n.1051) at 13:45.

Six years after its birth, the car that created the luxury sport saloon segment continues to receive accolades from the general public, automobile aficionados and the media. Maserati has decided to celebrate its success with a superlative version, which blends the elegance and sporty stylishness of the brand’s flagship, thanks to the combination of highly refined details, handcrafted finishes and features with a decidedly sporty flair.

During its six years of life, the Maserati Quattroporte has received no less than 56 awards from the most prestigious automotive and lifestyle publications in 14 countries over four continents. A global recognition for a car that has known how to renew itself over the years, still never failing to maintain the appeal of the lines and purity of the forms created by Pininfarina, which immediately made it an instant classic.

The Quattroporte Sport GT S “Awards Edition”, based on the Quattroporte Sport GT S, aims to combine in one car all the features that have made the Trident flagship a benchmark in its segment:

  • the unique and elegant styling, mixed with a hint of sporting flair thanks to the eye-catching features adopted on
        both the exterior and interior fittings;

  • driving enjoyment, because the “Awards Edition” is based on the Quattroporte Sport GT S, which boasts top-class
        performance and excellent handling;

  • the craftsmanship of the hand-finished details which make each car unique.

  • The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S “Awards Edition”

    The new Quarzo fuso exterior colour

    The Poltrona Frau leather seats

    A special “Awards Edition” series door sills

    Piano Black satin-finish wood mouldings

    20-inch Multi Trident dark grey rims with satin finish

    The new Quarzo fuso exterior colour – a pearlescent metallic grey with a golden hue – exclusive to this model, makes the exterior instantly recognisable, and highlights the body’s elegant lines. The burnished treatment used on the exterior chrome parts, as well as on the side air vents and radiator surround, also matches the 20-inch Multi Trident dark grey rims with satin finish.

    The braking system which uses dual-cast technology, is further enhanced by the hand-polished callipers both at the front and rear. With the Quattroporte Sport GT S “Awards Edition”, Maserati and Brembo are introducing on the market for the first time polished callipers, treated with high precision mechanical processes and featuring a hand finish which gives them their special mirror-like appearance and enhances their sporty credentials at the same time.

    The interior also bears witness to the combination of sporting flair and craftsmanship that have always characterised the Maserati flagship saloon. The Poltrona Frau leather of the seats is combined with perforated Alcantara with a new undulated pattern, and the headlining is also in Alcantara. Completing the cabin finishes are the special brushed aluminium door sills and Piano Black satin-finish wood mouldings.

    The boot is finished in black trim and features chrome details and a leather side pocket. The attention to detail has even been extended to the mats, which are made of an even richer and softer material.

    A special exterior “Awards Edition” series plate completes the car’s look and makes an already unique car even more unmistakable.

    The Quattroporte Sport GT S “Awards Edition” will be available in the UK as a special order in the second half of 2010, as model year 2011. Prices will be available upon application: for further information clients can contact the Maserati Info Centre on 0800 0646468 or visit the Maserati website to locate the nearest Maserati dealership.

    From John in the UK

    "Dear Enrico,

    I am delighted to advise that a fabulous Maserati 5000GT, styled by Allemano, is currently on display at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London.

    This is the very first Maserati of any description to be shown in the club and we could not have wished for a more regal example. This is chassis AM103.026 and has been very kindly lent with the permission of the owner and the assistance of Andy Heywood and his staff at Bill McGrath Limited.

    For just a few more days our members, their guests and visitors to the Pall Mall headquarters will be greeted by the wonderful centrepiece that graces the Rotunda of the building, which next year celebrates a century since completion.

    I've enclosed a few pictures which show the 5000GT presented in a totally unique setting - the historical home of British Motoring.

    Best wishes and Regards,


    The Maserati 5000GT by Allemano
    on display in the Rotunda





    From Rich in the USA

    Hey Enrico,

    I have just dicovered a nine minute video containing a few shots of Ghibli Open Cup #361224.

    You will see the Ghibli Open Cup in action at the beginning of the clip!!



    Following up on this email from Rich, I checked out the video and also visited the web site of Mario's Performance Cars at Then clicked on "Mario Racing".

    Apparently the video clip is a trailer for an hour long 'Discovery Channel film' of Mario Grech-Xerri running his own racing team - Natty Racing, in the GT1 and GT2 classes during the 1998 Privilege Insurance GT Championship.

    The Natty Racing Team prepared and raced a Maserati Ghibli Open Cup #361224 in the GT2 class, which was driven by Roberto Giordanelli and Tony Soper.

    The video clip is full of action racing, with a great sound track!! You will see the Ghibli Open Cup in action at the beginning of the clip!!

    From Johann Stegny in Austria

    Ciao Maseratisti, Maserati model collectors will, I'm sure, be delighted to see the new 1:43 scale models on offer from YOW models in Japan; the Maserati Simun Concept Coupe by Ghia, the Maserati 2+2 Indy based Concept by Giugiaro, and the Maserati GCZ Coupe by Zagato

    The new Maserati models available from Johann Stegny

    From Roger in the UK

    "Hi Enrico,

    You were asking me about differences in the heads between SM and Merak engines.

    The SM and earlier Merak engines had a head with 5 bolts to hold the cam cover; the Merak SS engine had 6 bolts to do so.

    See attached photos. SM and Merak Engine B have same configuration of bolts – one at each corner plus one in middle. Merak Engine A (SS) has an additional bolt in the middle of the lower cam cover.

    (Don’t ask me why Merak Engine A (SS) has no Maserati script on the upper cam cover. I don’t know! My SS certainly has the script. There is a faint trace of a trident on Merak Engine A’s upper cam cover).

    Incidentally the heads are the same pattern for right and left banks, but fitted head-to-tail if you see what I mean – so script is always on the upper cam cover.

    Hope this helps.

    Best regards,


    The Maserati engine of the Merak SS (6 bolts)

    The Maserati engine of the early Merak (5 bolts)

    The Maserati engine of a Citroen SM (5 bolts)

    From Salvatore in The Netherlands

    "Hi Enrico,

    Your pages get better every day I visit them, and that is quite often!

    I will like you (or the scores of experts and insider special connections around you), to help me find out who designed the Maserati 228 I own.

    It could be Pierangelo Andreani, as stated by Maserati themselves in their site at

    But I happen to find references of 228s by Zagato and Bertone too. Having being built from 1986 through 1992, this is not surprising…

    Here the data of my car:

    ID#: ZAM334B00*KA100469*
    Type: 228
    Color: Black
    Wheelbase: 260 cm
    Weight; 1370 Kg
    1st Reg.: 30-06-1989
    Country: The Netherlands

    I will be very grateful about any information you can find about my thoroughbred, and eventually about the Antera 17” wheel’s, which bear a Maserati logo on it, and have the air nozzle hidden under the central cover!

    Thanks in advance,


    P.S.: As extra, I’m sending you some pictures of it, but I will make some better ones later on, and you’ll get them too."

    Salvatore's Maserati 228


    Salvatore's Maserati 228


    Salvatore's Maserati 228 takes shelter from the snow!


    Salvatore's Maserati 2.24v.


    From Marco in Italy

    "Ciao Enrico.

    Ecco la mia Maserati Biturbo S anno 1984 in prova su strada chiusa al traffico.

    Hi Enrico.

    Here is my 1984 Maserati Biturbo S on a test run over a road whilst closed to traffic.

    Marco's Biturbo S


    Tempo fa ho acuistato le guarnizioni perchè avevo problemi ma poi ho trovato un motore nuovo.

    Ora ho comprato una Quattroporte Royale 4900 e devo smontare il motore. Ho bisogno di guarnizioni e costano molto, circa 750 Euro da Campana Modena.

    Devo vendere queste guarnizioni che avevo messo da parte per la mia Biturbo. Delle guarnizioni che vedi nella foto chiedo 350,00 Euro.

    A while back I bought the gasket set because I had a problem with my engine, but then I found a new engine.

    I have now purchased a Quattroporte Royale 4900 and I have to disassemble the engine. I will need a new head gasket set and they are very expensive, around EURO 750 from Campana in Modena.

    I have to sell the gaskets that I had put by for my Biturbo. For the gaskets that you see in the photos below, I'm asking EURO 350,00.

    Cylinder head gasket set for Biturbo 2000


    So che Campana di Modena chiede molto di più.

    La strada è sul colle dietro Salò, Lago di Garda.

    Tu dove vivi? Da dove scrivi?


    I know they cost a lot more from Campana in Modena.

    The road is on the hillside above Salo on Lake Garda.

    Where do you live? Where are you writing from?


    Marco's Quattroporte Royale




    Italian President Sandro Pertini
    and the Maserati Quatrroporte Royale

    From Philippe in Belgium



    "Buongiorno Enrico,

    Questa e l'unica Citroën SM con il motore V8 (Prototipo del ing. G. Alfieri) ex-collezione Panini. Oggi, proprieta del Signor P. Kantor.

    Buonissime ferie!


    The reconstructed Citroen SM V8

    Citroen SM V8 History by Marc Sonnery

    The 6 cylinder Maserati engine of the SM

    Engine bay of the Citroen SM V8


    THE CITROEN SM V8 (from information provided by Sig. Ermanno Cozza)

    It turns out that back in early 1974, Ing. Alfieri along with his colleagues, decided to execute the exact opposite of what had been done in 1967, when they cut two cylinders from a V8 engine to produce the C.114.V6 prototype engine - later to become the power plant for the Citroen SM.

    To achieve a V8 engine based on the Tipo C.114 engine, two cylinders were cut from two C.114.50.30 engines used in the 3-litre Merak.

    From the first engine two-cylinders were removed from the front end, and from the second two-cylinders were removed from the rear end. These two sections were then welded together to form a single V8 block, the cylinder heads undergoing a similar treatment.

    A new crankshaft and four new camshafts were built, creating a prototype 3953cc V8 engine with a power output of around 260bhp. This was then mounted into a red Citroen SM for testing and experimentation. In all, Ing. Alfieri and the test team covered around 12,000 kilometres.

    Just prior to the break-up of Maserati from Citroen in 1975, the engine was removed from the car and stored in the factory warehouse along with other engines up until 1997, and after the arrival of Ferrari these goods were turned over to the Panini family, who years previously had purchased and taken over the Maserati museum.

    During 1998/99 the family sold some engines including the C.114.V8 prototype to a former Maserati concessionaire in Germany, who in 2009 sold the engine to its current owner who has now mounted it in a Citroen SM.

    Of course, even though the engine does not carry an official number, it is an original Maserati engine.

    The "Bellissima" Maserati A6GCS Berlinetta by Pinin Farina

    Painting of the Maserati A6GCS Berlinetta

    40 years of the Citroen SM

    Readers may be interested to know of a new book "Maserati les années Citroën" (Maserati the Citroën Years) by Marc Sonnery, due to be published later this year. I understand that Marc has interviewed many of the individuals associated with Maserati and Citroën during this period. It should be an interesting read and I'm really looking forward to it.


    Also on view during Retromobile at the Bonhams' sale of "Automobiles d'Exception" at Rétromobile, Paris, on the 23rd January 2010.

    Lot 245Copyright Bonhams

    1970 Maserati Mistral Spyder

    Chassis no. AM109/A1*733*

    The Maserati marque was founded in 1926 by the five Maserati brothers. It was the sixth brother who designed the trident emblem which was inspired by the Fountain of Neptune in Bologna. Oriented exclusively towards racing, the marque was then owned by the Orsi family which bought it before the Second World War. In the 1950s and 1960s, the marque was the great rival of Ferrari on all the racing circuits of the world. Juan Manuel Fangio was crowned Formula 1 world champion in 1957 at the wheel of the Maserati 250F, and with the Birdcage the marque won big races such as the 1000 kilometres at the Nurburgring. It also won the United States Championship in 1960 and 1961 with this model. This successful period came to an end in 1965 with the final participation in the Les Mans 24 Hour Race.

    The main role of the Orsi family was to guide the firm towards production models. Under its reign, the Grand Tourer models were developed, of which the first was the 3500GT, with more than 2,000 examples built. The company then expanded substantially and this period, from 1957 to 1975, represents Maserati's golden age. The subsequent period was filled with various vicissitudes. Sold to Citroen in 1968, then to Alessandro de Tomaso, the trident marque underwent a period of purgatory before being finally bought by Ferrari.

    Presented in 1963 at the Turin Motor Show, the Maserati Mistral was manufactured until 1970. The Mistral bears the internal code number "Tipo 109" [Type 109] and on its official presentation was baptized as the "2 seater 3500GT". It replaced the 3500GT. With more than 900 examples produced, it is the Maserati produced in the highest numbers after the 3500GT. It inherited from the latter the in-line 6 cylinder engine derived from the 300S, and increased to 3.7 litres on the Sebring and developed to 4 litres. On its launch, the Mistral received the 3.5 litre version of the engine already used in the 3500GT, which developed 236bhp. The second series had the 3.7 litre version of the engine, developing 245bhp. The gearbox was a ZF 5 speed gearbox, and maximum speed was 233km/h.

    The Mistral is the last Maserati to receive the famous in-line 6 cylinder engine with double overhead camshaft and dual ignition derived from that on the 250F before becoming a V8. This engine has hemispherical combustion chambers and indirect fuel injection, a real first in Italian sporting cars of the time. But, although injection guaranteed improved fuel supply, some traditional owners, in particular in the United States, replaced the injection system with Weber carburettors.

    Its styling is by Pietro Frua, who also designed the superb A6 G 2000 cabriolet and the Quattroporte. As was customary at Maserati, the Mistral was available in both coupe and spyder versions. Only 125 examples of the spyder were produced.

    This spyder bears the serial number AM109/A1*733*. It is therefore the 707th Mistral to be produced in the series. It is presented in perfect restored condition, is fully operational, and has its Spanish vehicle registration document. This superb automobile is a rare and permanent landmark in the history of Italian automobiles and will certainly attract gentlemen drivers with a passion for sensation combined with elegance.

    No reserve

    Estimate: €140,000 to 180,000

    Lot 262Copyright Bonhams

    1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé

    Coachwork by Carrozzeria Vignale
    Chassis no. AM 101/01897
    Engine no. 01897

    Maserati's survival strategy for the 1960s centred on establishing the company as a producer of road cars. The Modena marque's new era began in 1957 with the launch of the Touring-bodied 3500GT. A luxury '2+2', the 3500GT drew on Maserati's competition experience, employing a tubular chassis frame and an engine derived from the Alfieri-designed 350S sports racing car unit of 1956. Suspension was independent at the front by wishbones and coil springs, while at the back there was a conventional live axle/semi-elliptic arrangement. Power output of the twin-cam six was around 220bhp initially; later examples produced 235bhp on fuel injection. Built on the short-wheelbase but otherwise similar chassis of the Vignale-bodied 3500GT spyder, the Sebring 2+2 coupé arrived in 1962. By now a five-speed gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes and fuel injection were standard equipment, while automatic transmission, air conditioning and a limited-slip differential were options. Introduced in 1965, the Sebring Series II came with a 3.7-litre, 245bhp engine, some cars leaving the factory with 4.0-litre units towards the end of Sebring production in 1966.

    This particular example was converted in period to utilise the more-reliable Weber carburettor induction instead of the original Lucas fuel injection, a common modification. A five-speed, manual transmission model, chassis number '01897' was delivered new to Thepenier, the Maserati importer in Paris, and has remained in France ever since, featuring in Rétroviseur magazine some years ago. Between 2006 and 2008 the car underwent total restoration in Italy: the mechanicals and electrical system being overhauled, brightwork renovated, interior re-trimmed, wheels re-chromed by Borrani and a stainless steel exhaust fitted among many other works carried out. Finished in its original colour scheme of light blue metallic with red leather interior, this stylish 1960s Italian classic is offered with sundry restoration invoices; Maserati letter confirming build and despatch details; and French Carte Grise.

    Sold for €86,250 inclusive of Buyer's Premium

    Lot 280Copyright Bonhams

    1946 Maserati A6G 1500 Coupé

    The Factory Prototype
    Coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato
    Chassis no. 052
    Engine no. 052

    One of the most evocative names in the history of motor sport, Maserati devoted itself exclusively to racing prior to WW2, only turning to the manufacture of road cars in the late 1940s with the introduction of the A6 1500.

    Società Anonima Officine Alfieri Maserati was founded in Bologna in December 1914 by Alfieri Maserati together with his brothers Ettore and Ernesto, the fledgling company specialising in the preparation and tuning of Isotta Fraschinis for road racing. In the early 1920s a successful collaboration with Diatto led to Alfieri designing his first Grand Prix car, powered by a 2.0-litre, supercharged, twin-overhead-camshaft, straight-eight engine. When Diatto folded, this design formed the basis of the first Maserati car, the Tipo 26 of 1926. The Maserati's debut was a successful one, Alfieri winning his class in that year's Targa Florio, a race dominated by Bugatti.

    Copyright BonhamsMaserati enjoyed outstanding success in European voiturette racing throughout the 1930s but its most remarkable result was achieved across the Atlantic: Wilbur Shaw winning the Indianapolis 500 at the wheel of a Tipo 8CTF in 1939, a feat he repeated the following year. By this time however, the surviving Maserati brothers had sold the firm to industrialist Adolfo Orsi, who relocated the company to nearby Modena.

    When post-war production resumed in 1947, as well as continuing in its traditional role as builder of Grand Prix cars, Maserati commenced the manufacture of sports-racing and road cars. Its first true road-going model - the A6 1500 - made its sensational public debut at the 1947 Geneva Salon, where the Pinin Farina-bodied coupé was well received by both press and public. The A6 1500's engine was a 1,488cc single-overhead-camshaft six, similar to the A6GCS sports car's 2.0-litre unit, and produced its maximum output of 65bhp at 4,700rpm. Its chassis was of the ladder frame type, the double-wishbone front suspension was derived from racing practice and coil springs suspended the live rear axle. Top speed, depending on coachwork, was in the region of 90-95mph. Of the 61 cars built between 1947 and 1950, most were bodied as coupés by Pinin Farina. Chassis number '052' though, wears typically stylish coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato.

    One of the oldest and most respected of automotive design firms, Zagato was founded in Milan in 1919 by Ugo Zagato, who used techniques learned in the wartime aeronautics industry to create a series of lightweight competition cars. Alfa Romeo immediately realised the potential of Zagato's designs and thus commenced a fruitful collaboration that lasts to this day. Legendary racing models such as Alfa's 1500, 1750 Gran Sport and 2300 8C were followed by luxurious coupés and roadsters on FIAT and Lancia chassis.

    After WW2 Zagato was quick to exploit the popularity of the new GT racing category, supplying factory teams and catering for the growing privateer scene with road-able cars that nevertheless could be driven competitively on the racetrack come the weekend. Zagato's own history records that, 'avante garde styling, together with light weight and wind-cheating lines were a trademark that distinguished Zagato's cars of that era - Maserati, Alfa Romeo, FIAT, Lancia, Abarth, Ferrari and Aston Martin.'

    Copyright BonhamsWe are advised that chassis number '052' was extensively tested by the factory on the roads around Modena between October 1945 and September 1946. '052' is the second A6 1500, the numbering sequence having commenced with '051'. However, the latter had previously been classified as a Tipo 6CS/46, so arguably '052' is the first of the true A6 1500s. In its original form, the car was fitted with a Maserati-built barchetta body, pictures of which are on file together with dynamometer sheets recording tests carried out by the factory on the special racing engine, number '052', which features individually water-cooled cylinders. In 1948 Maserati sent the rolling chassis to Carrozzeria Zagato, where it was re-bodied with two-seater 'Panoramica'-style coupé coachwork in aluminium. This was the first such co-operation between Maserati and Zagato, making this car of even greater historical significance.

    The Maserati was then sold to its first private owner, Guido Barbieri. Wanting to register the as-yet un-homologated car in Milan in his name, Barbieri obtained certification and declarations of sale from both Maserati and Zagato, which were issued in January and October 1949 respectively. In February 1951 Barbieri sold the car, which enjoyed seven further owners, coming into the possession of the last – Alfio Cosentino Puglisi of Arcireale, Sicily – in January 1972 (a full ownership list is available for inspection). A well-known collector, Alfio Puglisi kept the Maserati for the next eight years before selling it to the current owner in November 1980.

    '052' has benefitted from full restoration in Italy while in the current owner's care: the body, engine and gearbox being overhauled and the interior re-trimmed. In 2003 the car was featured in an extensive article published in the Italian magazine Ruote Classiche (April edition). Currently registered on Italian plates, it comes with libretto and CDP (certificate of property) in the current owner's name. A rare opportunity to acquire a stylish Gran Turismo from an historic and respected marque, eligible for a wide variety of prestigious historic motor sport events including the Tour de France and Mille Miglia retrospectives.

    Estimate: €600,000 to 800,000


    Text and images courtesy of Bonhams




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