Gooding and Company will be auctioning two important Maseratis; a 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta with coachwork by Allemano and a 1967 Maserati Mexico Speciale - one-off prototype, in their "The Scottsdale Auction" sale to be held at Scottsdale, Arizona on Friday and Saturday, 22nd and 23rd of January 2010.
Gooding and Company's "The Scottsdale Auction" will commence promptly at 11:00 am on both days and take place at the Corner of E. Camelback Road and N. 68th Street adjacent to The Scottsdale Fashion Square.
A 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta with coachwork by Allemano
Estimate: US $375,000 - $450,000
SOLD FOR US $429,000
The A6G/54 is one of the most sophisticated grand touring cars to be produced in the 1950s – a true connoisseur's car that possess a timeless style, a competition pedigree and the cachet of a coachbuilt exotic. This particular A6G/54 is one of only 15 examples constructed during 1956 and serves as a unique ticket to premier driving events.
Chassis No. 2117
Engine No. 2117
Formerly the Property of Sig. Giulio Dubbini
Exceptional attention to detail
Documented matching-numbers example
A unique ticket to Premier Driving Events
Recently restored to original appearance
1,986cc DOHC twin-plug in-line 6-cylinder engine
Three Weber carburettors
160bhp at 6,000rpm
4-speed manual gearbox with synchromesh
4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
Independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs
Live rear axle with longitudinal leaf springs
When Maserati introduced the latest version of the A6G in 1954, it was a revelation for fans of high-performance Italian cars. While many felt that the new car was simply a coachbuilt variation of the successful A6GCS sports racer, in reality, the A6G/54 was a refined road-going sports car that happened to share its basic underpinnings with one of the most successful two-litre race cars of the era.
Contemporary road tests praised the A6G/54 and enthusiastically described its instantaneous acceleration, exceptional road holding, light, responsive steering and powerful brakes. The Maserati truly excelled in long-distance races where it proved to be the only competitive two-litre Italian GT – a quality that made it a top choice for wealthy privateers and gentleman drivers.
Coachwork for the new car was available from Zagato, Frua and Allemano, and each body came with its own distinct style and purpose. Where as the Zagato Maserati sports cars were purposeful road-racers and the Frua-bodied examples extravagantly decorated fashion statements, Allemano succeeded in producing a rather sophisticated, subdued and luxurious body, of which a mere 21 examples were made.
Presented here is a beautifully appointed and exceedingly rare gran turismo, perfectly suited for long-distance driving events such as the Colorado Grand, the California Mille and European rallies like the Coppa d’ Oro delle Dolomiti. The Allemano-bodied A6G/54 cars are capable of nearly 120 mph and offer a wealth of character and personality while still providing a surprising level of practicality that includes plenty of space for luggage and all the amenities expected of an exclusive coachbuilt automobile. In addition to its potential as an event entry, its lovely condition and infrequent public appearances, allows the next owner to make the concours rounds and have a good chance of taking home awards.
The A6G/54 is one of the most sophisticated grand touring cars to be produced in the 1950s – a true connoisseur’s car that possess a timeless style, a motor sports pedigree and the cachet of a coachbuilt exotic. These Allemano A6G/54 motorcars perfectly illustrate the quality, craftsmanship and artistry that went into each Maserati automobile – a tradition that can be traced back to the Maserati Brothers’ earliest creations. It is a rare occasion when a Maserati of this quality and exclusivity appears for public sale.
According to copies of the original dispatch and invoice, this splendid Maserati A6G/54 was originally delivered to Sig. Giulio Dubbini of Padua, Italy. As one of the earliest collectors of significant Italian racing cars, Sig. Dubbini was no stranger to exotic sports cars and had an array of the finest Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Maserati race cars. His A6G/54, the 5th example bodied by Allemano, was delivered on November 27, 1956, and carried a price of 3,034,000 lire. The Maserati was originally finished in Verde Suro (Mackerel Green) with a green interior, the same livery it sports today and, during the first few years of Mr. Dubbini’s ownership, A6G was routinely serviced by the factory, a fact confirmed by historian Adolfo Orsi.
In the mid-1970s, the A6G/54 was exported to Canada where it remained for over a decade before returning to continental Europe. In 2001, the current owner purchased the Maserati out of Holland and imported it to the US. Photos taken around the time of its purchase show it to be a remarkably honest example. Although it had been repainted red, original paint remained on the fascia and below the re-spray, the panels appeared to be straight and true and, importantly, all of the distinctive trim pieces unique to the Allemano body were intact. This A6G/54 is said to retain all of its original handmade coachwork and its matching-numbers engine. Even the original Cottino radiator is still in place. The only deviation from factory specification is an updated full-synchromesh gearbox that makes for a much more user-friendly driving experience.
Between 2002 and 2006, a comprehensive cosmetic restoration and thorough mechanical sorting was undertaken within the workshops of one of the foremost Maserati collectors. When the work was completed, this A6G/54 was returned to its original, factory-delivered color scheme – a sensational medium green that perfectly suits the subdued lines of the car and accentuates the jewel-like brightwork. The engine, transmission, differential, brakes and suspension were all inspected, serviced and detailed so that the Maserati’s performance was in keeping with its stellar appearance.
A 1967 Maserati Mexico Speciale - One-Off Prototype
Estimate: US $75,000 - $100,000 Without Reserve
SOLD FOR US $187,000
Coachwork by Frua
Chassis No. AM112*001*
Engine No. 2117
Formerly the Property of Giulio Dubbini
The first Maserati Mexico built
One of three prototypes commissioned by Maserati
Singular example featuring Frua Coachwork
Well known within Maserati circles
Impressive ownership history
A true concours standout
4,719cc DOHC V-8 engine
Four Weber carburettors
290bhp at 5,000rpm
5-Speed manual ZF gearbox
4-Wheel disc brakes
Independent front suspension
Live rear axle
The first Maserati Mexico, chassis AM112*001*, was sent to Pietro Frua’s coachbuilding firm in 1966 to be clothed in experimental coachwork to determine the look of Maserati’s forthcoming limited-production GT. Destined to become one of three prototypes commissioned (one Frua, one Bertone and one Vignale), the Mexico Speciale presented here exhibits the delightful details and design cues typical of Maserati cars bodied by one of the company’s oldest collaborators.
The elegant Speciale features headlights recessed into chrome-accents in the front fenders, similar to those of the Mistral, a graceful greenhouse and gently sweeping upper lines comparable to the Frua-bodied 5000 GT. When compared with the other two designs offered, Frua’s is certainly the most harmonious, not only as a distinct design, but also with regards to the Maserati line as a whole. Nonetheless, Maserati selected Vignale’s proposal, some say because of the extra rear headroom, and approximately 250 production Mexicos of all types were built over the course of three years.
Eventually, the Frua prototype was exported from Italy through custom car designer and occasional broker Tom Meade. It has been reported that the Mexico Speciale was sold to Kenny Wagner of Texas, in whose hands the car remained until 1978. Mr. Wagner sold the Mexico to Larry Maese, who in turn sold it to Frank Mandarano two years later. Mr. Mandarano, a first-rank Maserati enthusiast and founder of Concorso Italiano, must have truly cherished his time with the one-off Mexico, as it was not until 1999 that the unique gran turismo was sold to Alfredo Brenner who was, at the time, assembling a comprehensive collection of coachbuilt Maseratis. While in Mr. Brenner’s distinguished collection, the Mexico Speciale was consistently maintained by specialists and kept in excellent running order. In 2003, the Mexico was proudly displayed at Concorso Italiano alongside a number of coachbuilt Maseratis ranging from the earliest A6Gs to the most exclusive 5000GTs. Soon after, the Speciale was purchased by a renowned collector with a keen interest in distinctive one-off motorcars.
Known in Maserati circles as the Mexico Speciale, this unique example is widely held to be one of the most important and significant Maseratis of its generation. Not only is it an interesting piece of Maserati history, it is also very attractive in its handsome maroon livery over a richly appointed tan interior. The clean Frua design is complimented by Borrani chrome wire wheels, a sporting Talbot mirror and a variety of unique badges and details, giving it the appearance of a proper late-1960s GT. Given its illustrious history and exclusive status, this car is eligible for countless events from Maserati Club meets to long-distance rallies.
Here is a rare opportunity to acquire a fascinating, one-off prototype that possesses a known history, quality coachwork and a marvellous style. For the devoted Maserati enthusiast, or collectors of unique post-war sports cars, the singular Mexico Speciale will have a deep resonance.