Monterey Car Week is without a doubt one of the major events on the global automotive calendar, where many auctioneers witness sales as their yearly highlight. RM Sotheby’s has already started planning ahead and announced selected key entries for its annual Monterey sale, taking place on 15-17 August this year, with the 1954 Maserati A6GCS which raced by the Maserati works team at Mille Miglia just stands out from the list.
Chassis no. 2078 was the star of the Maserati factory team during the 1954 season. Raced by famous driver Luigi Musso, the A6GCS obtained several podium and first-in-class finishes including at the Targa Flori and Imola, and finished 3rd overall at the 1954 Mille Miglia. The car was sold to Ricardo Grandio, a privateer in Argentina, who relied on it for many South American races in 1955 and 1956, and achieved 3rd overall at the Buenos Aires 1000 KM. The ownership changed hands numerous times before the car made it back to Europe in 1980s. The current American owner purchased the car in 1998. It was carefully restored in 2013 and won the Gran Turismo Award at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
An A6GCS is not often seen at auction, especially a good condition one, so it is understandable that the auction house has given it an estimate of US$ 3,250,000 to 3,750,000.