Maserati decided to build a slightly de-tuned version of the A6GCS and go for the Holy Grail of specialty manufacturers, the dual-purpose sports car
This beautiful 2-liter Berlinetta was one of a handful of Maserati’s sports-racing A6G series to be clothed by that master of ultra-light bodywork, Zagato. Allemano, Frua, and Vignale all built bodies for the A6G2000 chassis, but these striking Zagato coupes are considered the prettiest today.
This particular A6G Zagato Coupe has a most interesting history. It was sold new in January 1956 as chassis number 2118 through Rome dealer Guglielmo Dei for Italian driver Luigi Musso. By 1957, after the factory renumbered it as chassis 2189, the coupe went to Count Magi Diligenti, a nobleman who was well-known for his performance in an A6GCS in the 1954 Mille Miglia. The car came to the U.S. in the 1980s and was owned and treated to an exhaustive restoration by Sam and Emily Mann in the 1990s. At this time, the gearbox was exchanged for a 5-speed Alfa Romeo unit to improve driveability. In 1999, the car was purchased by Fritz Hartmann, who intended to enter it in the Mille Miglia and Ferrari/Maserati Challenge events. A change of plans resulted in Hartmann offering the car at auction, where the current seller acquired it.