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Maserati A6GCS

Manufacturer: Dalton Watson
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The history of the A6GCS gives a very good insight into a time in Italian motorsport which was mainly contested by wealthy amateurs. Maserati built remarkable racing cars in the 1950s that are highly valued by drivers in historic racing today.

The darling among these cars is the A6GCS. Small, agile, and relatively easy to drive, it was THE car in the 2-liter class for the numerous amateur racing drivers in countless hill climbs, on the circuits, and in the legendary Mille Miglia. In race-crazy Italy, the car was always the focus of the spectators, tens of thousands of whom stood on the streets to watch these small red racers pass by.

The names of many of the drivers have been forgotten today, but the vast majority of the A6GCS are still here and are used in numerous historic racing events. This book pays tribute to perhaps the most romantic Maserati racing car of all time. 

Walter Bäumer is the author of four other books on Maseratis for the publisher Dalton Watson, and Jean- François Blachette owns an extensive collection of Maserati memorabilia and is the president of the Maserati Club of France. 


Products specifications
Author Baumer Walter
Author Blanchette Jean-François
Publishing Date 2022
Text English
Binding Hardbound
Pages 400
Photos 343 COL e B/N
Size cm. 30x30
ISBN 9781854432391
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