Maserati A6 CGS Berlinetta Wins 20th Cartier ‘Style-Et-Luxe’ At 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Maserati were celebrating their centenary year at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend so it was a fitting tribute that the 1953 Maserati A6 CGS Berlinetta was awarded with the coveted best in show trophy. The Maserati which is owned by Egon Zweimuller Jr, also took victory in the coach built Maserati only Class 3 ‘The height of fashion’ before beating of the other competitors to claim the overall spoils.
The task of judging an event that celebrated the best in exquisite automotive design throughout the history of the motor industry was given to a panel of celebrity car enthusiasts and design experts. The panel was chaired by Geordie Greig , editor of the ‘Mail on Sunday’, and also featured Olympic gold medalists Sir Chris Hoy and Sally Gunnell. Actor and automotive enthusiast, Rowan Atkinson; Apple design chief Sir Jonathan Ive and renowned handbag designer Anya Hindmarch.
The 1953 Maserati A6 CGS, made between 1953-55 was developed to compete in the World Sportscar Championship. It used a 2.0-litre, straight six engine making 121PS of peak power with the letters CS denoting ‘Corsa and Sports’ and the letter G denoting ‘Ghisa’ as in cast iron engine block. Only four CGS spec coupes were ever made and designed by Pininfarina.
Other class winners were as follows:
Class 1: ‘Vintage Voiturettes’ was won by Keith Bowley and his 1925 Amilcar CGS.
Class 2: ‘Blown Away’, which was held just for Mercedes 500Ks, went to Winfried Ritter’s Cab A model.
Class 3: ‘The height of fashion’ was won by Egon Zweimuller Jr and his 1953 Maserati A6 CGS which was named ‘Best in Class’.
Class 4: ‘Affairs of Status’ was won by a beautiful 1960 Lincoln Continental, owned by the La Salle Collection.
Class 5: ‘Mid-engined masterpieces’ went to Stephen Keen’s 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400S.
Class 6: ‘Horses for Courses’ which celebrated American cars powered by small-block V8 engines was awarded to Bill Shepherd’s 1966 Ford Mustang Mustero.
Class 7: ‘Best foot forward’, marking front-engined British sportscars of the 1990s, was won by Graham Abbott’s crazy 1997 TVR Cerbera Speed 12.