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Maserati A6GCM GP car.

This photo of a single seat racing car was sent over for identification late in 2009 - it was a Maserati clearly, and after seeking out some advice the car was confirmed as a Maserati A6GCM. The photo was believed to have been taken at Silverstone in 1950, but the A6GCM post-dates this time by a year or so. I'm told it probably shows de Graffenreid with his Maserati in 1953, at the Daily Express International Trophy meeting.
A Maserati A6GCM Grand Prix racing car
The Maserati A6GCM was introduced into Grand Prix racing in 1951, and twelve examples were built between '51 and '53. The car underwent numerous revisions during this period. Initially the Maser's six cylinder engine displaced 1987cc and produced 160bhp. The stroke was altered late in 1952, creating an engine of 1989cc and 180bhp. The following year a shorter stroke version was introduced (capacity 1960cc), producing 197bhp. The 1953 engine updates coincided with some significant visual alterations to the car's bodywork, which became narrower and featured a revised, oval, grille. The car enjoyed a successful on-track existence, with many of the top drivers of the day (such as Froilán González, Juan Fangio, Emmanuel de Graffenried, Prince Bira, Roberto Miéres and Harry Schell) taking the wheel, either as privateer entrants, or else as part of a Works' Officine Alfieri Maserati entry.
The car in the background, behind the fence, is also very interesting as it is Goldie Gardner's record-breaking MG EX-135, which did a demonstration run at the '53 Silverstone meeting.
Restored examples of the A6GCM can regularly be seen in historic races, this updated version was seen competing at a recent Goodwood Revival meeting for instance. A period shot of a post-war 4CLT Maserati can also be found in the vintage photo section of the site.
Thanks to Michael for sending the photo over, and allowing it to be shown here.
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