By the mid 1930s the Maserati Grand Prix cars were facing stiff competition from not only its Italian rival Alfa Romeo, but two state-supported juggernauts from Germany, Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union. Maserati opted to focus on the small displacement Voiturette class in which they had had much success with the 4CM and 6CM models. Chassis Number 1540 is one of eleven 6CMs produced in 1936 and 1937. The 1494cc supercharged six-cylinder engine produces 182 bhp at 6800 RPM. This particular 6CM raced with much success in Italy prior to World War II and then continued racing in the 1950s and 1960s in England. In 2000 the car was acquired by Sam Mann who had this highly original car restored before campaigning it in historic races with much success.