Maserati's first true production car, the A6 series, was introduced to the public at the 1947 Geneva motor show. The 6CM engine was substantially redesigned and modernized. This engine was soon adapted for the road cars in 2-litre form as the A6G/2000 and A6G/54. The A6G/2000 was also simply referred to as the Maserati 2000 GT. The 2000cc A6GCS inline-six engine was detuned by Vittorio Bellentani to provide a better power curve and a normal wet-sump lubrication system was fitted. Bellantini's task was to produce a reliable unit which could easily be modified for competition use, so a twin-spark cylinder head was offered as an option.
Maserati chose to outsource the bodywork. No two cars were alike and each reflected the first customer's design preference. All the cars were sold as bare chassis to be fitted with bodies from Allemano, Frua, Zagato and Vignale. Both variants were offered simultaneously.
Produced from 1946 to 1957, only 139 A6s were ever built, 60 of which were A6G/2000 examples fitted with the twin-cam 2-litre engine. The car's construction was rather simplistic, based upon a tube Gilco frame supported by independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs and a rigid rear axle. Large drum brakes were fitted at all four corners. In its final version the A6G/2000 made some 160 horsepower, with three twin-choke Weber carburettors. Weighing less than 900 kilograms, the A6G/2000's performance numbers were quite remarkable, with some reports claiming a top speed of 140 miles per hour.
Carrozzeria Allemano built 21 Maserati A6 examples.
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