1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta

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The 1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta, styled by Pininfarina, was really an apple of every car lovers when brought to the public view. This was the car that not only grabbed the instant attention of the people around, but it also left all and sundry around it with its beautifully-designed body. The racing pedigree of the car was just outdone by its flowing lines and taught proportions. The car has under its skin a race-bred chassis, which was built by Gilco, especially for the events like the prestigious Mille Miglia.

 

The derivative of A6 Sportscar was its A6GCS chassis. The car would get its power from a short-stroke, double ignition, inline-6, which, unfortunately, was one of the last units Maserati brothers were able to design before their departure from this world.  The A6, which was initially built for the Forumla 2, was able to freely rev up to 7300rpm and could only produce 170bhp.

 

However, Maserati, due to being stuck in a contract with Ferrari, could not directly sell the Pinin Farina Berlinetta. So, Rome dealer Giuglielmo Dei had to acquire 6 bare chassis and got an agreement signed, under which the latter will commission Pininfarina with a view to completing four cars – undoubtedly Enzo Ferrari would have protested against this move of both.

 

Maserati showcased one of its car on the Pinin Farina stand at the 1952 Turin Motor Show, while another sister car the company showed at the Paris Motor Show.

 

Though the A6GCS Coupe in motor sports didn’t achieve much, their beautiful styling left all the car freaks of the time fully exciting and awestruck. Chassis 2059 was sold for $3.7 million USD in 1996.

 

However, out of the four chassis, merely two, named 2056 & 2059 were quite original, whereas 2057 & 2060 were changed into spyders. The unused or remaining bodies were put on two more cars, thus total six original Pinin Farina Coupes had their existence at that time, but their timing differed from each other.

 

Now, let’s talk about 1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta, chassis by chassis

 

2056 – This chassis was seen at the Maserati Museum and the Maserati Exhibition in 1998. It was crashed by Garvina during the Giro di Sicilia in 1954. Though the factory had abandoned the car, later Carrozzeria Campana restored it in 1991.

2057 – This chassis was shown as a blue two-tone coupe at the Turin Motor Show. It had split front windshield, a low cut roof and a rounder tail sans fins. Pietro Palmieri had to rebody it into a spyder (by Fiandri?) and even most probably renumbered it as 2086 when he discovered too much noise and heat while racing at the 1954 Mille Miglia.

 

2059 – This chassis, with central stripe, had painted Paris Show in 1954 in red, but was later bought by Count Alberto Magi Diligenti of Florence in 1955. It was the U.S. –based Stan Novak who later discovered it and sold at Brooks Auction for 3.2 Million USD.

 

2060 – This chassis was given shape in 1954, but its original body was given a new body makeover for a more sporting spyder. Recently Count Hubertus von Doenhoff commissioned the UK-based Church Green Engineering to come up with a complete replica 2060.  

 

2089 – After having obtained an original body from Scuderia Centro Sud, 2089 was featured in Road & Track and set up for road use only.

Basics of Classic Car Investment

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Classic cars are actually a great way to invest your money, depending on a few very important facets that is though. The first thing to keep in mind is if you actually know what you are doing and have been around cars for a while. If you don’t know what you are doing and thought that it seems like a good idea then prepare to be disappointed and lose a lot of money.

The recent monetary returns on classic cars have been quite impressive as of late. Classic cars have been giving investors some pretty stellar returns. For example The Historic Automobile Group Index also known as (HAGI) has been tracking exotic cars that includes classic cars reported an increase of 39% in classic cars.

Another group called Hagerty, an insurer, in classic cars shows that cars are rising 61% over a four-year span between 2009 and 2013.  These numbers sure are impressive and could be a goldmine for an investor who knows what they are doing with classic cars. There are a few questions and aspects to take into consideration when looking at this data. Some of the questions to ask yourself as a potential buyer and investor is to look at the underlying between owning one of these classics is.  Is this a childhood dream of yours to pickup one of these cars.

Also what can you offer and bring to the table in terms of skills in restoring these cars or negotiating to buy one. Sometimes some of these cars can have some difficulty in selling them. If the main goal is to make a profit with a clearhead this can be done and disappointment will be avoided.

Skills to Think About

If building up a car from the ground up is of interest to you and if you have any background in mechanics then that is an invaluable skill in dealing with old cars. A lot of old cars will be priced at reasonably low levels if there needs to be a lot of work done to them. Now that does mean that you will be responsible for buying the replacement parts, but at the same time with a mechanic skill set you wont need to outsource and can get some good deals on parts and labor.

It is a difficult thing to do, to invest in any market without having an overall and in depth understanding about what it is you are investing in. For classic cars you have to know where the market is, where it’s going and where it has been. All of these are necessities to know when factoring in any future profits.

Once this has been taken care of it is time to factor in the costs that are going to go in this investment. It’s fundamental economics that you want to buy low and spend less then what you are going to make if you want to turn a profit a couple years down the line. These cars require things like insurance and maintenance as well as storage costs because they have to be placed somewhere to be stored. It comes down to knowing what you are doing if you want to invest in one of these cars.

Fort McAllister to Host Classic Car Event

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What exactly attracts people to classic cars? Clearly cars manufactured today are much faster, luxurious, and technologically advanced. This might be the exact reason why people are so enthralled by classic cars; they are from a time period when all the extras weren’t a necessity. There are several classic, one-of-a kind vehicles, unlike the mass produced cars of the 21st century. Because of the nation’s continued fascination with classic cars, many classic car shows still exist and are a popular entertainment attraction for all.

 

Classic cars in Georgia

On Saturday February 6th, the Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill, Georgia will be host to a classic cars event. The Fort McAllister State Park has partnered with the Richmond Hill Historical Society’s Cars and Coffee to hold the Rides and Rebels event. Event time begins at 10 am and will go until 3pm. Classic truck and car enthusiasts are encouraged to make their way to the event, which will showcase local classic cars. Attendees are more than welcome to bring their own classic car, and in doing so will receive free admission to the event. They will also receive free admission for one other individual and a free lunch. Not only will this event display classic cars, but it will also provide cool rides, a local history of the area, and cannon and rifle firings, in true Georgia fashion. Space is limited, so it is important to get to the event early. Classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, custom vehicles, and exotic vehicles are all welcome at the event.

 

Other classic car events in Georgia

All across the state of Georgia, classic car shows are popping up. They provide perfect entertainment in the spring and summer months, and most are family friendly. The Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Hiram, Georgia will host a similar event to the one taking place at Fort McAllister State Park. On March 12th you can pay $20 to attend the classic car event, which includes a fish fry. All money will go to benefit the youth program at the Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

 

A bigger event taking place on April 2nd is the 20th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Mustang & All Ford Show, located in Macon, Georgia. This event will provide dash plaques and goody bags for the first 100 entries into the show. Judging of the vehicles will take place, followed by an Awards Ceremony for the best in classic cars.

 

If you are looking for a classic car show in the summer months, you can attend the Creepers Car Club Fun Run 26 on June 11th, from 9am until 4pm. This event is located in Marietta, Georgia, and caters to classic cars, muscle cars, and sports cars. Specialty awards will be given out, and entertainment and food will be provided. Tickets cost just $5 for attendees, and children under 12 are free. All money made will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Georgia Special Olympics Cobb County.

 

Fort McAllister is not the only one to host a great classic car event, but their show is only days away! Hopefully the weather holds up and they have a great turn out at the event.