Maserati is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the A6G 2000, a homage to the brand’s founder Alfieri Maserati.
The first A6G 2000 was built by Maserati in 1947 – and was delivered 70 years ago in February 1951.
The car was named with an A, for Alfieri Maserati; a 6, for its straight six cylinder engine; and a G, for the name of the cast iron used in its crankcase: “Ghisa”.
The model was a replacement for the outgoing A6 1500, and – as the name suggests – it had a 2,000cc motor.
A need for increased power was in response to the trend in the Italian market at the time, as consumers demanded higher-performing cars.
The uprated engine was capable of producing up to 75kW, depending on the configuration, and this allowed a top speed of 180km/h.
“A clear manifesto of Maserati cars’ quality sports spirit” was evident in the car, said the company.
Designed by Pininfarina
Before being delivered to its first owner, the A6G 2000 was shown off at the 1950 Turin motor show.
Maserati presented several versions to the public – a 4-seater and 2-seater sedan, and a convertible.
The sedan was designed by legendary Ferrari designer, Battista Farina, while the convertible’s look was provided by Pietro Frua – a famed Italian coachbuilder and car designer from the 1950s.
During 1950 and 1951, 16 of these cars were assembled: nine with bodywork by Pininfarina, five convertibles, a coupé by Pietro Frua, and just one car – a two-tone A6G 2000 coupé – by Alfredo Vignale, produced with his signature sporty stylistic features.
The A6G 2000 was driven by its rear wheels, its engine was mated to a “4-speed plus reverse” gearbox, and it featured a dry-mounted single disc clutch that managed gear changes.
It had independent front suspension, leaf spring rear suspension, and hydraulically-operated drum brakes fitted to each wheel.
A choice between solid steel or spoked wheels then completed the elegant look of the little sports car.
“Uniqueness, sportiness and Italian construction are all central to Maserati’s DNA and are still visible today in the new models that will characterise the coming years, with state-of-the-art technological solutions,” said Maserati.