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Maserati turns 100 and stuns at Monterey Car Week


Maserati celebrated its 100th anniversary in grand style at Monterey Car Week in California.

The Italian luxury car manufacturer isn’t a stranger to the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where – in 1968 – a Maserati Mistral Coupé took top honors as Best of Show. Still today, it is the most recent postwar car to capture this recognition.

As Honored Marque at this year’s 64th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the lawn was packed with significant examples illustrating Maserati’s rich century of history, including a 1954 A6GCS Spyder, 1955 Maserati 250F Monoposto, and 1956 Maserati 300S Fantuzzi Spyer.

The ’54 A6GCS took the trophy for best Granturismo noted for its artistic beauty and highest level of performance in a granturismo.

Meanwhile, the highly acclaimed Alfieri concept 2+2 made its North American debut during a special centennial celebration at the Mazda Raceway during the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion, where Maserati was also the Honored Marque.

Head of Fiat Chrysler automobile global design Lorenzo Ramacioitti presented the stunning concept. "This car has a racing breed," he said, before adding that it has "a kick of poetry." The Alfieri also made a star 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 US dollars.

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