1950→1953 Maserati A6G 2000


1950→1953 Maserati A6G 2000

In the name A6G 2000, the “A” stood for Alfieri in honour of founder Alfieri Maserati who passed away in 1932, “6” indicated the number of cylinders and “G” stood for Ghisa, acknowledging the cast-iron technique used to construct the engine blocks – however, Maserati soon reverted to alloy castings. The 2000 figure denoted the displacement expressed in cubic centimetres, ie. 2 litres. Both bore and stroke had been increased from the previous 1.5 litre model. The straight-six featured a chain-driven overhead camshaft, with a three-carburettor set-up allowing the engine to produce between 90 and 100 hp and gave a top speed of between 160 and 180 kph (100 to 113 mph), depending on engine developments. Chassis dimensions remained unchanged, but the rear suspension was updated with cart-springs derived from those featured on the Fiat 1100.

The Maserati A6G 2000 was unveiled at the 1950 Turin motor show with Pininfarina coachwork. Pininfarina built nine four-seater fastback coupes, all characterised by a high waistline. Frua of Turin supplied five convertibles plus a single coupé, whilst Vignale also added a one-off coupé penned by Giovanni Michelotti. All 16 cars in the short production run were assembled between 1950 and 1951, although the model was only replaced in Maserati’s line-up in 1954 with the introduction of the heavily revised A6G/54. Hand-built and highly exclusive, the A6G series firmly established Maserati as one of the finest manufacturers of sports cars in the world thanks to the model’s quality, refinement and performance.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
production years1950 – 1953
released at1950 Turin Motor Show
built atModena, Italy
production16
engineInline-6
positionFront, Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
ignitionMarelli ST95DAS Coil
valvetrainChain Drive DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed3 Weber 36 DO2 Carburetors
displacement1954 cc / 119.2 in³
bore72 mm / 2.83 in
stroke80 mm / 3.15 in
compression7.8:1
power74.6 kw / 100.0 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output51.18 bhp per litre
bhp/weight88.97 bhp per tonne
body / frameBody over Tubular Steel Chassis
driven wheelsRWD
wheel typeSpoked Wire or Steel Disc
front tires5.50×16
rear tires5.50×16
front brakesHydraulic Drums
front wheelsF 40.6 x 8.9 cm / 16.0 x 3.5 in
rear wheelsR 40.6 x 14.0 cm / 16.0 x 5.5 in
steeringWorm & Sector
f suspensionIndepedent w/Coil Springs, Houdaille Dampers
r suspensionLive Axle w/Coil Springs, Houdaille Dampers
curb weight1124 kg / 2475 lbs
wheelbase2550 mm / 100.4 in
front track1274 mm / 50.2 in
rear track1252 mm / 49.3 in
length4080 mm / 160.6 in
width1520 mm / 59.8 in
height1350 mm / 53.1 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.68:1, 1.78:1, 1.35:1, 1.00:1
top speed~159.3 kph / 99.0 mph
fuel capacity55 litres or 14.52 gal.