Is this a mid-engined Maserati 6CM
Above: (left, top and bottom) Is this a mid-engined Maserati 6CM, and where is it now?
(right, top and bottom) Paperwork from Yugoslavia the same car?
And now… a question from Michael Kliebenstein regarding a Maserati 6CM chassis. Can anybody help?
Above are three photos of a curious Maserati 6CM. The name Jankewitz is mentioned.
The question is:
It is said that the photos were taken in Rijeka (due to geopolitical changes, at the time in Italy, then Yugoslavia and today Croatia). Apparently, it is a Maserati 6CM chassis that once took part in the Adriatic Grand Prix, held on the Preluk street circuit, and stayed in Yugoslavia afterwards.
Obviously, someone attempted to build the 6CM parts into a more modern vehicle for the road – a mid-engined barchetta?
Does anyone know more about it?
And where is this car today? The remains are rumoured to be still somewhere in Croatia.
Porter Press Newsletter readers have kindly provided the following information about the car
A number of people, including Graham Earl, John de Boer and Peter Marshall, have pointed out that the car is in fact a special, built using an Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 engine in a ladder-frame chassis. The car still exists today, and was built in the 1930s by brothers Gino and Oscar Jankovitz, who clothed their creation in a sleek, flowing aerodynamic spider body. The brothers christened their car the Alfa Romeo Aerodinamica Spider. The one-off car features a central driving position, with space for a passenger on each side, in similar style to the McLaren F1, which appeared 60 years later!
Over the intervening years, the car has received various modifications, and has passed through a number of owners. It is thought to have travelled to the US in the late 1940s before returning to Europe, appearing in England during the late ’60s or early ’70s, and now residing in Germany with the current owner. The Aerodinamica Spider has appeared at various Concours and historic-motoring events in recent years, so hopefully there may be an opportunity to view this interesting car first-hand and learn more about it in the near future.
Michael has asked us to pass on his thanks to all who have helped.
Above: Two views of the Aerodinamica Spider in recent years, taken at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2011 and Goodwood Revival 2012. (Wikimedia Commons/David Merrett)