Achingly beautiful Frua coachwork cloaks an ultra-rare 1952 Maserati A6G/2000 Spider. Only three of these exquisite machines were ever built - and this one is now up for auction.

What makes this Maserati A6G/2000 so special?

Pietro Frua was one of the finest Italian coachbuilders. This Maserati shows why, with a calm clarity of line punctuated by singular and sometimes outrageous detailing. The muscular haunches hint at the power within, a 150 bhp Maserati in line six-cylinder engine with three Weber carburettors lurking under the elegant bonnet. More than sufficient.

This example has been meticulously restored to its original specification in deep blue with scarlet interior and hood. The Maserati has been shown at the world's leading concours d'elegance, including those at Pebble Beach and Villa d'Este. Will it ever again see the open road for which it was designed? Somehow we doubt it.

The wood rimmed steering wheel speaks of period glamour, while the Maserati is offered with its original tool kit. Handy.

How you can you get your hands on it…

Bonhams are offering the Maserati for auction in January, suggesting you refer to their motoring department for an estimate. Similar Maseratis have achieved £3-million and more. Expect, even at this price, an orderly queue of bidders.

For full auction information, head to the Bonhams website.

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