Maserati 1954

A6G 54 (R6 cyl, 1985 cm³, 150 cv) - new model


A6G Allemano

The new A6G 54 has virtually the same chassis as the previous model. The engine is derived from the formula two racer with modified valve timing gear (chain), lubrication system (no dry oil sump) etc. In-line six cylinder unit has two spark plugs per cylinder producing 150 bhp.
Only 16 of the A6G 2000 were built with bodies by Vignale, Frua, Pinin Farina and Zagato.

I crossed to the Maserati stand, where, typical of the Maserati organisation this season, a man was busy finishing off the stand decorations even though the Show had been open for three days. Spaciously displayed were three cars in bright red that would make the most blasé enthusiast sag at the knees. On the left was a two-seater A6GCS sports model exactly as raced by numerous Continental drivers, with no fancy Motor Show frills, just stark reality, while on the right was a similar chassis fitted with a Pinin Farina coupe body, again purely functional and looking as though it was on the starting line at Le Mans. In the centre was a 250/F1 single-seater, the latest to be built and due to be driven at Barcelona by Harry Schell. it was brand new and had obviously not been run at all, and it was interesting to see that the gaggle of oil pipes from the rear-mounted tank had been cleaned up considerably since the Monza race, the delivery and return pipes now being in a neat conduit that passes through the base of the riveted aluminium fuel tank. Nicely spaced out with lists of successes in both racing and sports categories, the Maserati exhibits were pur sang personified.
(Paris report)

 


A6GCS Berlinetta Pinin Farina

 

 

A6G CS/53 (R6 cyl, 1986 cm, 170 cv)
250F (R6 cyl, 2494 cm) - new model
250S (R6 cyl, 2494 cm) - new model

F1 victories:

2nd Spanish GP Musso
1st Pescara GP Musso
2nd Pescara GP Bira
3rd Pescara GP Schell
1st Belgian GP Fangio
3rd British GP Marimon
1st Argentinian GP Fangio

F1 entries:

 

 


Fangio at GP Belgium.


250F


Stirling Moss driving the 250F


Italian GP, Monza. Stirling Moss in the Maserati 250F chased by Alberto Ascari (Ferrari 625).


Maurice Trintignant and Harry Schell (Ferrari) at Spanish GP.


250F


Stirling Moss at Silverstone International Trophy.
 

Victories:

1st Coppa d'Oro Delle Dolomiti Mantovani
2nd Targa Florio #60 A6 GCS/53 Musso
3rd Mille Miglia #500 A6GCS/53 Musso / Zocca

F.I.A. World Sports Car Championship entries:

1000 km Buenos Aires 24.01.1954 (round 1) Results:
# chassis Entrant: gen. class
42 A6GCS McKnought/Eager McKnought acc. S2.0 -
54 A6GCS/53 #2040 Giletti / Musso Maserati 6th S3.0 4th
56 A6GCS/53 Musso/de Graffenried Maserati dna S2.0 -
 
Sebring 12 Hours 07.03.1954 (round 2) Results:
# chassis Entrant: gen. class
40 A6GCS/53 Musso / Gatta Maserati ret. S2.0 -
42 A6GCS #2053 McKnought/Eager McKnought acc. S2.0 -
 
Mille Miglia 02.05.1954 (round 3)  Results:
# chassis Entrant: gen. class
453 A6GCS Scarlatti dnf S2.0 -
500 A6GCS/53 #2078 Musso / Zocca Maserati 3rd S2.0 2nd
506 A6GCS #2067 Venezian / Orlandi Maserati 5th S2.0 3rd
514 A6GCS/53 Bosisio / Ercole dnf S2.0 -
519 A6GCS #2049 Mancini / Dal Cin acc. S2.0 -
521 A6GCS #2068 Lampertico / Tescari dnf S2.0 -
522 A6GCS #2050 Bertoni / Sandoli ret. S2.0 -
525 A6GCS #2069 Ferraguti / Gualdi dnf S2.0 -
527 A6GCS #2066 Cacciari dnf S2.0 -
537 A6GCS 2.5 Mantovani / Palazzi ret. S+2.0 -
 
  24h Le Mans 13.06.1954 (round 4) Results: Perf.
index
# chassis Entrant: gen. class
28 A6GCS #2076 de Portago/Tomasi Maserati ret. - -
 
Tourist Trophy 11.09.1954 (round 5) Results:
# gen. class
23 A6GCS/53 Davis / Gould Gilby Eng. nc S2.0 -
56 A6GCS/53 #2074 Bellucci / Scarlatti Maserati ret. S2.0 -
57 A6GCS/53 #2078 Musso / Mantovani Maserati 5th S2.0 1st
58 A6GCS/53 #2061 Perdisa / Musy Maserati dsq S2.0 -

Other entries: 

  Targa Florio 30.03.1954 Results:
  gen. category class
#60 A6 GCS/53 Musso 2nd 2nd - sport 1st - 1101-2000
#62 A6 GCS/53 Scarlatti ret. - -
#64 A6 GCS/53 Bellucci 4th 4th - sport 2nd - 1101-2000

OTHER MODELS: SPORT (Coupe 2-Dr.); A6G 2000; 6 cyl; 100 bhp @ 5500 rpm; 99 4/10 in WB; 2100 lbs.
Descended from a long line of pedigree sports-racing and sports-touring cars, the latest 2-litre Maserati A-6-GCS is now the top contender in Class E (1500 to 2000 cc) US sports car competition. The oversquare, twin overhead camshaft engine with three dual-Weber carburetors, is in reality the 1953 Formula II Grand Prix racing power unit, suitably detuned for more versatile use. The close-ratio four-speed gearbox is supplied by a separate oil pump, Grand Prix fashion, and the brakes are essentially those of the Formula II machine. Restyled bodywork now features a different grille, and fenders integral with the sides (as required at Le Mans) in place of the zeus-fastened separate fenders on the 1953 model. Modifications to the chassis frame and front end have resulted in a slight weight increase over last year, but the engine is claimed to develop more power. Only two of these costly, rather stark 1954 machines have so far been imported into the US, but there are customers waiting. Productive capacity of the Maserati Works is limited to some 60 sports and 12 racing cars per year, and the firm has its own bodyshop where every panel is hand-made. However, established custom coachbuilders (Vignale, Bertone) also are called upon-especially for bodies on the A6G, single-cam sports chassis. In the making is a four-cylinder, 1½-litre, twin-cam sports-racing car, slanted directly at the American market.


A6GCS


A6GCS


2nd at Targa Florio Maserati A6 GCS/53 (Luigi Musso).