The A6 was a series of racing cars and GTs made by Maserati between 1947 and 1956 and named after Alfieri Maserati and their straightsix engines. The dual-purpose car gained considerable success on the track before being redesigned as a road-going sportscar and renamed the A6G/1500. In October 1954 at the Paris Salon, a new version, the AG6/2000, was revealed and the Zagatobodied coupe — which was lighter and more aerodynamic than Vignale, Allemano or Frua offerings — began enjoying more racing success over the next two years. With the hand-built body sitting atop a Formula 2-derived chassis and engine, the Zagato Berlinetta carried the Trident to the 1956 Italian Sports Car Championship. In 1957, it was entered in the Dakar Route de Quakam and then the Coupes du Salon, where it finished sixth overall.

Zagato gave the race-inspired car a far more elegant look; the grille replete with large Trident badge really caught the eye as did the round headlights and the two-piece chrome bumper. It also had Borrani wire wheels, small oval taillights and split chrome bumper but it retained the race-inspired interior and added leather on the seats, dash and door panels along with a sporty three spoke steering wheel with a wooden rim. Power came from a 2.0-litre inline-six fed by three Weber carbs producing an output of 160 horses. It was mated to a four-speed manual that sent the power to the rear wheels.

Just 21 were clothed by Zagato by the time production ended in 1957 to rival the iconic Ferrari 250 SWB and unsurprisingly they are firm favourites at concours d’elegance competitions.

Like most exotics from the Fifties, pricing depends on who built the body and if the car has an impressive racing pedigree. If the latter is a ‘yes’ and it is a Zagato, it can fetch up to Dh18million at the auction block.