• Maserati celebrates 70 years of the A6G.
• The soft-top cabriolet was built from 1947 to 1956 and named in honour of Alfieri Maserati.
• We look back at the iconic roadster, with the second version designed by Pininfarina.
Starting from Maserati's roots to plan its future: the values of exclusivity, unique design and 100% Italian DNA of cars of the past are renewed today in the models that mark the ' Brand's New Era'.
It is in this spirit that Maserati celebrates the 70th anniversary of the A6G 2000.
The first A6G 2000, a car representative of the A6 series, built by Maserati from 1947 to 1956 and named in homage to Alfieri Maserati (hence the letter A) with a 6 indicating the engine type (straight 6) was delivered exactly 70 years ago, in February 1951.
The new model was the replacement for the A6 1500 series sports car, and its name referenced the cast iron (or "ghisa") of its crankcase ("G") and its engine displacement of 2000 cc.
There was a need to increase power output in response to the general trend in the Italian market of demanding higher-performing cars, partly due to the country's improving economic conditions, led Maserati to convert the A6GCS two-litre engine to exploit the potential of the A6's chassis fully.
Compared to the previous A6 model, the increase in displacement was achieved through precision engineering work on the bore and stroke of the straight 6. With a displacement of 1954 cc, the upgraded engine achieved a power output of a meagre 67kW to 74kW depending on the final setup, enabling a top speed of 180km/h.
Unveiled at the Turin Motor show
The 1950 Turin Motor Show provided the backdrop for the impressive launch of the A6G 2000, which Maserati presented in two versions: a 4-seater, 2-door sedan by Pininfarina and a convertible designed by Pietro Frua.
Sixteen of these cars were assembled in 1950 and 1951: nine with Pininfarina's bodywork, five convertibles, and a coupé by Pietro Frua. Alfredo Vignale produced just one car, a two-tone A6G 2000 coupé, with his signature sporty stylistic features.
It had rear-wheel drive, a gearbox with four speeds plus reverse and a dry-mounted single disc clutch. These were the characteristics of the new A6G 2000, together with the independent wheel front suspensions and rear suspensions comprising rigid axle with leaf springs.
At that time, technologically-wise the hydraulically operated drum brakes on all four wheels and solid steel or spoked wheels completed the car, built for the few, an icon on the motoring scene at the time.
Uniqueness, sportiness and Italian construction are 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.
Innovative by nature, Maserati plans its future by keeping faith in its past, is the brand's slogan.