- Presenting in its original colour combination of black paint with a red interior
- Unusual original build specification for a Series I with front and rear disc brakes, Borrani wire wheels, and 5-speed transmission
- Documented history and resident in the UK since 2008
- Mechanical overhaul and interior re-trimmed by McGrath Maserati in 2008
- Body restoration by recognised UK based specialist in 2015/16
- A superb late first series car still fitted with its original “matching numbers” carburettor equipped engine and transmission
- Maserati Classiche documents accompany an excellent history file
In October 1960 the Swiss Maserati importer Martinelli & Sonvico of Chiasso, Switzerland ordered this wonderful 3500 GT with right-hand drive steering, black paintwork, red leather interior, disc brakes and Borrani wire wheels. Right hand drive steering remained popular in Italy and its neighbouring countries until the 1970’s, and in this case one imagines it would have made sighting the edges of the roads during Alpine driving much easier and therefore safer.
Chassis AM101*1132 left the Modena factory in late December 1960 and was first registered in early January 1961 to Fa Kuderli & Co of Zurich, Switzerland. The car was subsequently sold to Dr Walter Meier of Walo Bertschinger AG, Zurich sometime between 1966 and 1983. It remained in Dr Meier's ownership until the late 1980’s when it passed to Ruth Meier (perhaps his wife), by then in Erlenback, Germany, after which it was owned by Karl Heinz Kostal of Pirmasens, Germany from around 1998. In February 2008 the car was for sale at The Gallery Brummen in The Netherlands where it was inspected by McGrath Maserati on behalf of its future English owner, and after purchase and importation to England, the Maserati was registered in the UK as 861 XUF in June 2008.
Shortly after the car arrived in England, McGrath Maserati overhauled the mechanical components of the car including the cylinder head, brakes, suspension, steering and wheels. In addition, the interior was re-trimmed and the windscreen replaced. During 2015 and 2016 the bodywork was restored by a recognised specialist during which the car was repainted in its original colour (black) and the brightwork was re-chromed.
The car has a good history file that contains the Maserati Classiche documents such as the Maserati S.p.A. Certificate of Origin, certified Internal Factory Order, certified Delivery Note and certified Technical Data Sheet. In addition, there are many maintenance and repair receipts dating back to 1983 when the car was in Switzerland, copies of Swiss and German registration documents, invoices for the body restoration, and invoices for the maintenance carried out by McGrath Maserati during the cars time in England.
This incredibly beautiful and rare car is in excellent condition, and with its interesting history, build specification, and appealing colour combination, it would make a wonderful addition to any enthusiasts garage.