1954 Maserati A6GCS to cross the block at RM Sotheby's Monterey sale

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RM Sotheby's Monterey Sale - August 15-17

BLENHEIM, Ontario –  RM Sotheby’s has released early entries for its Friday and Saturday evening auctions in Monterey. Early entries for the sale are led by a 1954 Maserati A6GCS, chassis no. 2078, offered fresh to the market following two decades of single enthusiast ownership.

 1954 Maserati A6GCS (Credit - Darin Schnabel © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

1954 Maserati A6GCS (Credit - Darin Schnabel © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

The A6GCS was campaigned by the Maserati factory team during the 1954 season, at the hands of famed Maserati and Ferrari works driver, Luigi Musso. The car saw numerous podium and first-in-class finishes with Maserati, including at the Targa Florio, Imola, and most notably achieving 3rd overall at the 1954 Mille Miglia. Following the 1954 season, chassis no. 2078 was sold to Ricardo Grandio, a privateer in Argentina, who campaigned the car extensively in South America throughout the 1955 and 1956 seasons, finishing 3rd overall at the Buenos Aires 1000 KM. After passing through a series of South American owners, the Maserati made its way back to the Continent in the early 1980s, eventually landing with an Italian industrialist who entered the car in the Mille Miglia from 1987 to 1992, and once again in 1995. 

 LEFT: Luigi Musso with chassis number 2078 prior to the start of the 1954 Mille Miglia (Credit – Courtesy of The Revs Institute for Automotive Research) RIGHT: Luigi Musso behind the wheel of the A6GCS at the 1954 Mille Miglia, where he finished 2nd in class and 3rd overall (Credit – Courtesy of The Revs Institute for Automotive Research)

LEFT: Luigi Musso with chassis number 2078 prior to the start of the 1954 Mille Miglia (Credit – Courtesy of The Revs Institute for Automotive Research) RIGHT: Luigi Musso behind the wheel of the A6GCS at the 1954 Mille Miglia, where he finished 2nd in class and 3rd overall (Credit – Courtesy of The Revs Institute for Automotive Research)

In 1998, the car was purchased by its current American owner, who has enjoyed driving and racing it in vintage events over the last 20 years, including the Monterey Historics, the Mille Miglia, the Colorado Grand, and more. In 2013, the Maserati was carefully restored, after which it was shown at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, earning the Gran Turismo Award.

 1954 Maserati A6GCS (Credit - Darin Schnabel © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

1954 Maserati A6GCS (Credit - Darin Schnabel © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

The Maserati A6GCS is offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale in turn-key condition alongside its original engine, ready and eligible for the world’s finest driving events (Est. $3,250,000 - $3,750,000).

 2014 Pagani Huayra Tempesta ‘Scozia’ (Credit – Erik Fuller © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

2014 Pagani Huayra Tempesta ‘Scozia’ (Credit – Erik Fuller © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

Additional early entries for RM Sotheby’s 2019 Monterey sale run the gamut of the market, from perhaps one of the world’s most iconic microcars, a 1964 Peel Trident (Est. $80,000 - $100,000, offered without reserve) to a bespoke iteration of one of the 21st century’s wildest hypercars, a 2014 Pagani Huayra Tempesta ‘Scozia’. Offered from single ownership since new, the Pagani is the 97th of just 100 coupes built and is finished in Ferrari Grigio Silverstone-like paintwork. Looking to celebrate his Scottish heritage, the owner had his family’s tartan used to upholster the seat inserts, contrasting beautifully with its tan and black leather interior featuring carbon fiber and brushed aluminum detailing.One of the most memorable and interesting Huayras built, the “Scozia” presents in virtually as-new condition, having travelled just 1,460 miles from new (Est. $1,900,000 - $2,400,000).

 1964 Peel Trident (Credit – Tim Scott © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

1964 Peel Trident (Credit – Tim Scott © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

Held during the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance motoring week, RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale (15-17 August) has been a staple of collector car auctions for more than 30 years. This year’s Monterey sale will present more than 120 of the world’s most important motor cars, featuring a special third auction evening on 15 August. ‘An Evening of Aston Martin’ will feature more than 30 of the world’s most sought-after road-going and track-ready Aston Martin sports cars from across the marque’s illustrious history. A very early 1964 Aston Martin DB5 offered from 40 years of ownership has already been announced for the single-marque night.

For further information on RM Sotheby’s 2019 Monterey auction and to view a frequently updated list of entries, please visit rmsothebys.com. Interested consignors are invited to call RM Sotheby’s global headquarters at +1 519 352 4575 to speak with a car specialist about entering an important motor car in the Monterey sale. Consignments are invited through early July 2019.

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