The 3500GT can lay claim to being the first true production Maserati, and indeed it marked a turning point in the company''s history, previous models had been little more than revamped racers and appeared only in limited numbers. The 3500GT came about with Maserati’s realisation that it needed a model to compete with those from Aston Martin and Ferrari and at the 1957 Geneva Show the company displayed the car in prototype form.
Beneath two door aluminium coupé coachwork by Allemano, the Maserati featured a tubular frame chassis. Suspension comprised independent coil springs and wishbones at the front and a leaf sprung rear axle while brakes were alloy-finned drums all round. Production models, however, were styled by Touring of Milan using its Superleggera method of construction wher