With every hour that ticked by, the excitement and anticipation grew, until the carrier arrived to transport the car to Cernobbio. After it was loaded and the truck's large tailgate closed, at that moment, every worker who spent so much time and attention on the car watched it leave, just hoping it would impress the jury, and win a prize.
Tim Gallagher is a life-long car nut, and he first spied this car the same way many of us did: it popped up on Bring A Trailer in late 2011. Tim wasn’t looking for another car but it caught his fancy and he followed up with the Columbus, Ohio dealer who was selling it. After due diligence, a couple of visits, and a bit of haggling, Tim added a Maserati to his small collection.
It is impossible not to appreciate cars like the Maserati A6GCS. At the very least, it's a time capsule to a different era in the history of motoring. Their stunning simplicity, the exposure to open air, and the intoxicating sound of the in-line six cylinder engine contributes to the car’s beauty. Being in such cars is like experiencing a piece of kinetic sculpture: on this example, every mechanical detail is wrapped in artful Fantuzzi bodywork.
Pulling the covers off of a brand new car is the most traditional way to present one—maybe with women standing next to the car. But can you do better than just eye candy? Absolutely, yes. To present the first "Mostro" (aka Monster), Carrozzeria Zagato didn't use any fabric or women. It choose the newly-restored internal test track of Alfa Romeo in Arese, gathered 30 cars from the past and present, and introduced the new car by letting it roar from the circuit past the waiting crowd. It wasn't presented to the general public, however: it was being delivered to its new owner!
/ 25 May 2015
The one thing I absolutely love about land barges is that there’s something for every taste. No matter if you like driving fast or slow, or if a badge on the front matters all that much to you: almost every major car company has attempted a big sedan at some point. If you have time to find the right one, it may match your personality perfectly. Let me explain, using the Maserati Quattroporte II.
JJ Cale may have said, “They call me the breeze,” but for these five cars it’s literal: they’re named after the wind. Over the years, vehicles have been named all sorts of things—animals, plants, people, places—but for some reason, those with the wind in their (figurative) sails are some of the most evocative. Is there a connection between these five machines—or are these names just hot air?
An Italian actor who rose to prominence in the 1960's, Marcello Mastroianni became a star within Italian cinema in the 1950's after a stint in the theater, when he caught the attention of Federico Fellini. Mastroianni acted in some of Fellini's biggest movies, including La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2.
/ 31 Oct 2014
The 250F was Maserati's factory entry into Formula One racing, where they competed against the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari during the 2500cc Grand Prix Formula years of 1954-60. Just twenty-six examples were built, and notable 250F piloti in period include Juan Manuel Fangio, Mike Hawthorn, and Sir Stirling Moss.