1956 Maserati A6G-54 Coupe / 2186 Chassis Information

1956 Maserati A6G-54 photograph

1956 Maserati A6G-54 photograph

1956 Maserati A6G-54 photograph

1956 Maserati A6G-54 photograph

1956 Maserati A6G-54 photograph

1956 Maserati A6G-541956 Maserati A6G-541956 Maserati A6G-541956 Maserati A6G-541956 Maserati A6G-54
Coupe
Designer: Zagato
Chassis #: 2186
Engine #: 2186
Sold for $4,400,000 at 2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
Maserati introduced the A6G/54 in 1954 at the Paris Auto Show. It was an evolution of Maserati's first postwar sports car - the A6 series. The A6G/54 was fitted with many features found on the A6GCS including the brakes, steering, and suspension components. It had a lightweight tube-frame chassis that carried an all-aluminum twin-cam six-cylinder engine that Gioacchino Colombo had originally developed for racing. Maserati engineer Vittorio Bellentani modified the engine to make it more suitable for road-going applications by implementing wet sump lubrication, chain-driven camshafts, and a revised valve train. It was given three Weber 40 DCO3 carburetors and was available with an optional twin-plug cylinder head.

Several body styles were available on the A6G/54 chassis. The coachwork created by Carrozzeria Zagato of Milan were of lightweight aluminum and often served dual purposes as a road car and for racing. Zagato Berlinettas were built in at least three distinct body styles during 1955 and 1956 with a total of 21 examples created.

In competition, the Zagato Berlinettas were very competitive in the two-liter GT category. They often competed in Italian hill climbs and major events such as the Mille Miglia.

This particular example is a late-production A6G/54 and the last Zagato Berlinetta built. It was ordered by Charles Rezzaghi for his dealership, Mille Miglia Motors Inc. of San Francisco. Carrozzeria Zagato received 2186 on September 4th of 1956 and the car returned to Modena painted red and trimmed in white with red piping. It had a larger, more rectangular grille, vertical air vents in the front quarter panel, curvaceous rear fenders, two separate hood scoops, aluminum bumperettes, and an oval instrument layout with Jaeger gauges. Approximately nine Zagato-bodied A6G/54s were produced in this general style.

This car was completed on October 31st of 1956. It was shipped to California along with two other A6G/54s. By 1959, the car came into the care of Frank Fraine, the proprietor of Trans World Motors in San Diego. It was raced in Pomona and later advertised for sale in the February 1959 issue of MotoRacing magazine. From there, it was acquired by Frank Jay Hoke from Tucson, Arizona.

In preparation for racing, the bumpers were removed and the bodywork was painted dark gray. It raced in events throughout the central United States, and helped Hoke win the E-Modified Midwest Division in 1961.

After the car was retired from racing, Hoke replaced the Maserati's straight-six engine with a Buick V-8. The exterior was painted silver and re-upholstered the interior in black vinyl. In this guise, it was advertised for sale in the November 18th, 1967 issues of Autoweek. Bob Baker of Scottsdale, Arizona became the car's next owner.

The car remained with Mr. Baker until May of 1986, when it was sold to Joe Alphabet of Los Angeles. Years later, Mr. Alphabet acquired an Allemano-bodied A6G/54, chassis 2175. He removed the engine from 2175 and installed it in 2186. 2175 was later sold without a motor.

While in Mr. Alphabet's care, the Maserati remained in un-restored condition with work progressing slowly. In 2001, while still unrestored, it was sold to Gary Roberts. It changed hands once more before being sold to Dr. Rüdiger Stihl of Stuttgart, Germany. Dr. Stihl had Herbi Allemann of Gersau, Switzerland, complete the restoration and, in June 2007, sold the car to Claudio Scalise of Argentina.

By this point in history, the Maserati's original engine (numbered 2186, internal no. 98) was owned by Roberto Gorni, who had purchased chassis 2175 from the United States. In 2008, Mr. Gorni and Mr. Scalise agreed to exchange their engines, thereby returning both 2186 and 2175 to their original configuration.

With the car's original engine, the Maserati was re-restored in Vigonza, Italy. In May of 2014, the car made its restoration debut at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, where it was displayed in a special class celebrating Maserati's 100th anniversary. In September of 2014, the car was shown at Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille in France and was awarded Best in Class in the Maserati GT category. Soon after, it was acquired by its current caretaker. Since then, it was shown only once, at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, in August 2016.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2017


2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$4,000,000-$5,000,000 
Sale Price :
$4,400,000

2018 1
2017 2
2015 3
2013 1
2012 1
2010 2
2007 1
2006 1
2003 1
2002 1

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta Zagato
Chassis#: 2124
Sold for $4,515,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1956 Maserati A6G-54 image  1956 Maserati A6G-54 image  
1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta
Chassis#: 2186
Sold for $4,400,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1956 Maserati A6G-54 image  
1956 Maserati A6G/54 Coupe Series III by Frua
Chassis#: 2181
Sold for $2,365,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1956 Maserati A6G-54 image  1956 Maserati A6G-54 image  
1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Coupe
Chassis#: 2147
Sold for $1,045,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1956 Maserati A6G-54 image  1956 Maserati A6G-54 image  
1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport Berlinetta Frua
Chassis#: 2140
Sold for $2,290,513
  2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
1956 Maserati A6G-54 image  1956 Maserati A6G-54 image  
1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Coupe
Chassis#: 2165
Sold for $715,000
  2015 Gooding & Company - Arizona
 
1953 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder by Frua
Chassis#: 2190
Sold for $2,530,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1956 Maserati A6G-54 image  1956 Maserati A6G-54 image  
1956 Maserati A6G-2000 Coupe
Chassis#: 2126
Sold for $383,848
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Competition Berlinetta
Chassis#: 2137
Sold for $1,108
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta
Chassis#: 2117
Sold for $429,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
1956 Maserati A6G-54 image  1956 Maserati A6G-54 image  
1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Coupé
Chassis#: 2125
Sold for $476,692
  2007 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta
Chassis#: 2147
Sold for $188,121
  2006 Bonhams - Exceptional Ferrari and Maserati Motor Cars
1956 Maserati A6G-54 image  1956 Maserati A6G-54 image  
1956 Maserati A6G2000 Zagato Coupe
Sold for $467,500
  2003 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 
1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Zagato Coupe
Sold for $396,000
  2002 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1956 Maserati A6G-54's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta21552018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $4,300,000$4,600,000
1956 Maserati A6G/54 Gran Sport Spider Coachwork by Frua21802017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $3,200,000$3,600,000
1956 MASERATI A6G/2000 COUPE ALLEMANO SPECIALE 2013 ARTCURIAL MOTORCARS À RÉTROMOBILE   
1956 Maserati A6G2000 Berlinetta Coupe 2003 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$135,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Maserati A6G-541956 Berlinetta
Coachbuilder: Allemano
Chassis information for the Maserati A6G-541956 Berlinetta
Coachbuilder: Allemano
Chassis Num: 2117
Engine Num: 2117
Chassis information for the Maserati A6G-541956 Coupe
Chassis Num: 2121
Chassis information for the Maserati A6G-541956 Coupe
Chassis Num: 2124
Engine Num: 2124
Chassis information for the Maserati A6G-541956 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Frua
Chassis Num: 2140
Engine Num: 2140
Chassis information for the Maserati A6G-541956 Berlinetta
Coachbuilder: Allemano
Chassis Num: 2147
Engine Num: 2180
Chassis information for the Maserati A6G-541956 Coupe
Chassis Num: 2155
Engine Num: 2155
Chassis information for the Maserati A6G-541956 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 2180
Engine Num: 2146
Chassis information for the Maserati A6G-541956 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Frua
Chassis Num: 2181
Engine Num: 2104
Chassis information for the Maserati A6G-541956 Coupe
Chassis Num: 2186
Engine Num: 2186
Chassis information for the Maserati A6G-541956 2000 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Frua
Chassis Num: 2190
Engine Num: 2190
Chassis information for the Maserati A6G-541957 Spider
Coachbuilder: Frua
Chassis Num: 2191
Engine Num: 2191


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