Thursday, 7 November 2013

Maserati A6 GCS Frua

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Maserati's A6 series represents a golden age of coachbuilt coupés and barchettas, their sumptuous, sylph-like frames hiding exquisite and bejewelled straight-sixes. Such was the diversity of the series that examples were bodied by Zagato, Pininfarina, Frua, Ghia, Vignale, Allemano and Bertone. The one you see here, as the title has already given away, is one of the ten cabriolets that was crafted by Frua.
That dry-sumped 2.0-litre twin-cam was mounted nice and low in the chassis, allowing coachbuilders to apply their most swooping, race-evoking and aviation-inspired lines, a fusion of aerodynamics and intricacy. Frua's spiders were a rich and creamy mixture of all this. The A6 GCS we see here was originally delivered to Mille Miglia Motors in San Francisco in late 1956; it passed through several hands (with one owner adapting it to tow gliders!) before finding its way back to Europe in 1990. It was fully restored around ten years ago, and is now a concours winner - you see it here at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. (Click here for more photos.)

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