Maserati A6G/2000 Gran Turismo 54 Spyder Tipo D by Zagato

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A6G/2000 Gran Turismo 54 Spyder Tipo D by Zagato





After a two year hiatus at the 1954 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris Maserati launched a new grand tourer, the A6G 2000 Gran Turismo—commonly known as A6G/54 to distinguish it from its predecessor. It was powered by a new double overhead camshaft inline-six, derived from the racing engines of A6GCS and A6GCM, with a bore and stroke of bore 76.5x72 mm for a total displacement of 1,985.626 cc (121.2 cu in). Fed by three twin-choke Weber DCO carburettors it put out 150hp (112 kW) at 6000 rpm, which gave these cars a top speed between 195 to 210 km/h (121 to 130 mph). Dual ignition added in 1956 increased power to 160hp (119 kW).

Bodies were commissioned from Zagato (20 coupés and one spider), Frua (six coupés and 12 spiders) and Allemano (21 coupés). Maserati designated them 'Tipo A' for the Frua Spyder, 'Tipo B' for the Frua Coupé, 'Tipo C' for the Allemano Coupé and 'Tipo D' for the Zagato Coupé, the latter being a lightweight version intended for racing in the GT category. Frua had enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Maserati but the Turin-based coachbuilder was slow to introduce new styles, preferring quirky embellishments of existing designs, and delivery times were lengthy. Zagato's spartan, competition orientated offerings were not to everyone's taste either, so Maserati looked for an alternative, which it found in Serafino Allemano, another Torinese coachbuilder.

Soberly attractive, Allemano's coupés are characterised by fine and accurate workmanship, fully in accordance with Maserati's policy of building highly prestigious grand touring cars. Luxury accessories such as a radio, a Smiths heating system, and fitted luggage for the boot compartment, emphasised the move towards a high quality product. A6GCM 51-53 12gab

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