Maserati celebrates centenary at Monterey car week

Maserati celebrates centenary at Monterey car week

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Maserati celebrated its 100th anniversary at Monterey car week, at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where – in 1968 – a Maserati Mistral Coupé took top honours as Best of Show.

As the honoured marque at this year’s 64th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the lawn was packed with examples illustrating Maserati’s century of history, including – in the Maserati centennial racing class – a 1954 A6GCS Spyder, 1955 Maserati 250F Monoposto, and 1956 Maserati 300S Fantuzzi Spyer. The ’54 A6GCS took the trophy for best Gran Turismo noted for its beauty and highest level of performance in a gran turismo. One of the most fascinating cars designed by Pininfarina in 1954, the A6GCS proved a source of inspiration for the designers of the Alfieri concept of today.

The Alfieri concept 2+2 made its North American debut during a centennial celebration at the Mazda raceway during the Rolex Monterey motor-sport reunion, where Maserati was also the honoured marque. As Lorenzo Ramacioitti, head of Fiat Chrysler automobile global design, presented the stunning concept, he said: “This car has a racing breed,” but added that it has “a kick of poetry.” The Alfieri also made a turn on the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

At the auctions during Monterey car week, classic Maseratis were stars as well. At Bonhams, highlights included a 1969 Ghibli 4.7 Spyder which sold for $841,000 USD; and a 1949 Maserati A6 15000/3C Berlinetta which captured $891,000. At Gooding & Company, the historic Maserati 250F driven to victory by Sir Stirling Moss at Monza in 1956, sold for $4.2 Million USD.

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