1956 Maserati A6G-54 Cabriolet / 2180 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-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-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-54 photograph

1956 Maserati A6G-54 photograph

1956 Maserati A6G-54 photograph

1956 Maserati A6G-54 photograph

1956 Maserati A6G-54 photograph

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Cabriolet
Chassis #: 2180
Engine # 2146
The Maserati inline 6-cylinder engine grew to a two-liter displacement size in 1950. The resulting A6G 2000 continued to use single-overhead cam valve actuation of the original A6, while a more powerful sports-racing A6 GCS built for competition applications utilized a dual-overhead cam.

The A6G 2000 road was updated four years later, becoming a second series, with its engine based on the competition car's detuned Formula 2 motor. The A6G 2000's gear-driven chain was replaced with a triple-timing chain, and a finned light-alloy dry sump replaced the former wet sump lubrication. Approximately 60 examples were built in two series through 1957. Horsepower was rather impressive, rated at 160 bhp giving the car a top speed of 115 mph.

The majority of the coachwork was completed by Allemano for the A6G/54, sixteen examples wore coachwork by Carrozzeria Frua (including six coupes and ten spiders). They often were given two-tone paint schemes with a contrasting hood stinger.

This particular example is one of the first of nine Frua-bodied spiders built on the third series of the A6G 2000 (the second series of A6G/54). Two coupes were also built on the third-series platform.

This Maserati was dispatched to the Carrozzeria Frua on May 19, 1956, and by August the Spider coachwork was complete and the car returned to the Modena factory. It is distinguished from the other examples that followed by its painted dashboard (the others were upholstered) and a lack of decorative plates behind the gauges. It is finished in a two-tone paint scheme. It is finished in rosso paint with an avorio (ivory) hood stripe) and an interior of avorio leather. It was then extensively photographed for promotional images that would appear in the motoring press, including Quattroruote and the May 1957 issue of Motor Trend.

It was sent to Maserati agents Simone & Thepenier in Paris in October of 1956, and later purchased by a gentleman from Venezuela named Cavet. By the mid-1970s, the car was owned by Thomas Dailey of California. In June of 1978, he sold it to Louis Rader of Mount Zion, West Virginia, at which point the original motor had been removed. It was equipped with a Ford Hi-Po 289 CID V8 engine. It had also been repainted in a monochrome dark blue, and the interior had been changed to black. Mr. Rader, who owned the car for more than a decade, endeavored to restore the car, and repainted the exterior in rosso. Around 1990 he sold the Maserati to two co-owners, Dana Beall of West Virginia and Mick Brackett of Bardstown, Kentucky, and they retained possession for the following nine years while initiating a refurbishment.

The car was acquired as a non-running project by its current caretaker in 1999. In 2002, he sourced a proper replacement motor, engine no. 2146, which had originally been installed in an Allemano-bodied A6G/54. A proper gearbox and differential were also acquired.

In 2003, the rolling chassis, body, and drivetrain elements were shipped to Modena to be comprehensively restored. The exterior was completed with a bare-metal repaint in the original factory livery of rosso with an avorio hood stripe, while the interior was trimmed with avorio leather complemented by a matching soft top.

The work was completed in April of 2008, after which a FIVA passport was procured. A month later, it was shown at the Villa d'Este Concorso d'Eleganza in Italy, winning first in class. Later that year, the spider returned to America for presentation the Classy Chassis Concours d'Elegance in Houston.

Chassis 2180 was displayed at the Museo Enzo Ferrari in Modena, where an exhibit celebrating Maserati's 100th anniversary was held from September 2014 to April 2015. While in Modena, the car returned to Autosport for additional attention. Additional tubing sections were added for increased rigidity followed by another bare-metal repaint of the body in the proper factory color scheme.

In June of 2016, the car returned to the United States.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2017


2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$3,200,000-$3,600,000 
Lot was not sold

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

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$4,515,000$4,515,0001
2017$3,382,500$4,400,0002
2015$1,350,171$2,290,5133
2013$2,530,000$2,530,0001
2012$383,848$383,8481
2010$215,054$429,0002
2007$476,692$476,6921
2006$188,121$188,1211
2003$467,500$467,5001
2002$396,000$396,0001

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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