Maserati A6 1500

Maserati A6 1500

1947 to 1950

Early brochures identified it as the “Maserati Sport A6 – 1500 cc.” and shortly afterwards as the “Maserati A6 1500 c.c. Turismo”. Design work on the car started in 1941 under the guidance of the Maserati brothers, who remained in charge of development despite having sold the company to the Modenese industrialist Adolfo Orsi. It was Orsi who decided that Maserati should not limit itself solely to the production of racing cars and thus triggered the creation of the A6 1500 for its sporting clientele. In 1942 a test mule was assembled and Gigi Villoresi tested the car, however the factory was too heavily involved in the war effort to pursue its development. The marque’s first road model was finalised after the hostilities in Europe ceased, and was presented at the Geneva motor show in March 1947, where it created quite a stir.

Mechanically, the A6 1500 was powered by an straight-six long-stroke engine, with a single overhead camshaft and a single carburettor, producing 65 hp from a 1.5 litre power plant. Performance ranged from 146 to 154 kph (91 to 96 mph) depending on the reduction ratio. From 1949 onwards, a small number of cars were fitted with triple carburettors. The modern tubular frame chassis was established on a 2.55 metre wheelbase with coil-sprung suspension and all round Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers.

The first prototype sported a strikingly modern two-seat coupé body designed by Pinin Farina, which the coachbuilder from Turin toned down only slightly for the start of the actual production run. The styling evolved from early two-seat notchback coupés (with optional Plexiglas sunroof) to 2+2 fastback versions. Zagato was responsible for the coachwork for one car in the series, whilst Pinin Farina also added a convertible body, of which two were produced. This historical partnership was renewed decades later with the introduction of the GranTurismo, which takes its name from the A6 series. From 1950 the model was gradually replaced by the 2 litre A6G 2000.

Technical specifications

ModelA6 1500 Turismo
Maserati internal codeTipo A6
Production start1947
Number Produced61
Ignitionsingle-plug, Marelli ST95DAS coil ignition
Lubricationforced with single oil pump
Transmission4-speed + reverse, rear wheel drive, dry multiplate clutch
Reduction1.04.04
Gear ratiosI= 3.68; II= 1.78; III= 1.35; IV= 1 R=6.20
Chassistubular with two main side members and cross members in sheet steel
Front suspensionindependent with coil springs, hydraulic Houdaille dampers
Rear suspensionrigid axle, coil springs, hydraulic Houdaille dampers and anti-roll bar
Brakeshydraulic drum brakes on all four wheels
Steeringworm and sector
Cooling systemwater-cooled, centrifugal pump
Length160.63 inches (4,080 mm)
Width59.84 inches (1,520 mm)
Height53.15 inches (1,350 mm)
Wheelbase100.39 inches (2,550 mm)
Front track1,274 mm
Rear track1,251 mm
Dry weight2,094 lbs (950 kg), spider 1,763 lbs (800 kg)
Kerb weight1,190 Kg
Tyres5.50x16 Pirelli
Wheelssteel or wire wheels; 3.50x16
Top speed90.5-95 mph (146-153.5 km/h)
Bodyworktwo-door, 2-seater coupé, 2+2 coupé or spyder
Fuel tank12.65 Imperial gallons (55 litres)
Range450 km
Production dates1947-1950
Enginestraight 6
Bore and stroke66x72.5 mm
Total displacement1,488.24 cc
Displacements (unitary)248.04 cc
Compression ratio7.25.01
Maximum power65 bhp at 4,700 rpm
Timing geartwo valves per cylinder, single overhead camshaft
Fuel feednaturally aspirated with a single Weber 36DCR carburettor (three-carburettor Weber 36 DO2 set-up on request)
Weight distribution46% front / 54% rear