The bodies of the sixteen first A6G 2000 are divided between Pinin Farina, Frua and Vignale. In this set, Frua is the only one to make spiders.
The first group of three spiders is assembled in 1951 on shortened A6 1500 chassis. Frua adds a spectacular innovation that will remain limited to these three cars : a third light in the middle of the front grille. The next cars will also have a specific chassis model.
In 1997 one of these first three spiders reappears in California, carefully preserved in a one-car garage by the daughters of its former owner. In 2001 Adolfo Orsi's nephew begins a painstaking restoration based on the factory archives. A previous owner had installed a Corvette engine. Orsi fits in the Frua spider the engine of a Pinin Farina coupe of the same series.
This car is now entered in concours d'elegance where the quality of its restoration is rewarded. By its earliness it appears as a precursor of the famous Italian craze for sports cars with open cockpit. It is estimated $ 2.8M for sale by Bonhams in Scottsdale on January 17, lot 54. Please watch the video prepared by the auction house. The image below is shared by Wikimedia with attribution 'James Bond' [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
A Maserati spider assembled by Frua in 1955 on the A6GCS/53 competition model was sold for $ 5.2M including premium by Gooding on August 25, 2018.
SOLD for $ 2.75M including premium