Maserati A6G 2000

Maserati A6G 2000

1950 to 1953

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.

Technical specifications

ModelA6G 2000
Maserati internal codeTipo A6G
Production start1950
Number Produced16
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 steel with four main longitudinal side members and cross members
Front suspensionindependent with coil springs and hydraulic Houdaille dampers
Rear suspensionrigid axle with longitudinal leaf springs and hydraulic Houdaille dampers
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 weight2,425 lbs (1,100 Kg)
Tyresfront/rear 5.50x16
Wheelssteel or wire wheels, 3.50x16
Top speed99 mph (160 km/h)
Bodyworktwo-door, 2+2 coupé or spyder
Fuel tank12.65 Imperial gallons (55 litres)
Range300 km
Production dates1950-1953
Enginestraight 6
Bore and stroke72x80 mm
Total displacement1,954.3 cc
Displacements (unitary)325.7 cc
Compression ratio7.08.01
Maximum power100 hp at 5,550 rpm
Timing geartwo valves per cylinder, single overhead camshaft
Fuel feednaturally aspirated with three Weber 36 DO2 carburettors (or a single 40 DCR)