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Cernobbio, 23rd - 25th of May

The highlight of this year’s concours was without doubt the spectacular class of Maserati celebrating its centenary.

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Oldest example was the glorious 1929 Maserati V4, a sixteen cylinder racer designed of two straight eight engines with their crankshafts geared together. With 4 litre displacement this engine produced no less than 300 bhp making this the fastest road going sports car of its era. The V4 was driven by Borzacchini and Fagioli both in 1930 and 1931 as well as setting a speed record of more than 150 mph for a road car. This wonderful Zagato designed Maserati was just shown at Amelia Island in March where it received a late invitation to Como and fortunately the owner brought the car over to Europe. Unfortunately the Maserati was very fuel and tyre consuming in its time but it set a lap record on the high speed Monza circuit lasting for almost 25 years showing its potential, this is certainly one of the most important Maserati of this Era when the Maserati brothers were purely building sports and GP race cars.

In 1937 the company was taken over by the Orsi family and soon after the war Maserati started to build street cars as well in small series. The Maserati A6 GCS started its career as a small sports racer but beside the Fantuzzi spiders later in 1953 and especially in 1954 on the A6 G/54 several coupé and cabriolet were built by Allemano, Frua, Zagato and Pininfarina, in Como all four designers were present. One of the rarest designs is the Pininfarina Coupé that was available with a higher and a lower roof. Although many might prefer the lower roof line the example in Como entered by the Panini family of the famous Maserati collection was one of the stars of the weekend. Not just a spectator’s favourite the small coupé was also awarded second in class and most exciting design by the jury. Just as exciting but more regular seen is the Zagato design on the G/54, the example in Como was just restored to perfection and took part at the Mille Miglia a week earlier showing that it is not just a concours car but also a great driver. Very interesting is the fact that this is one of the few Zagato designs used on road racing cars that did not feature the famous double bubble (that just found its way on one of the A6) making the design maybe even more elegant. Maybe less exciting but more usable in street use is the Allemano Berlinetta version with proper boot. The final version of the 2-litre Maserati in the class was the one-off Frua designed 150 GT. Based on the sports racer 150S this was intended as a small series production car bodied by Fantuzzi after the Frua design but after completion of this prototype the project proved itself too expensive to be built in larger numbers. With a lot of racing technology and a very elegant small spider body this might be the most exciting way to drive a Maserati of this era on public roads. Sold by Gooding&Company at Scottsdale 2013 it ran through mechanical refreshment since and seems to be sorted by now with the mechanics matching the stunning looks. The car will be featured at the centenary display of the marque the Casa Enzo Ferrari in Modena in a few weeks.

The very interesting class was rounded of by a Quattroporte.

Report & Images ... Peter&Wolfgang Singhof

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