1962 Maserati 3500

GTi cabriolet Vignale avec Hard top

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1962
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    AM101 1407
  • Engine number 
    AM101 1407
  • Lot number 
    31
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Swiss registration
Chassis # 1407 AM101
Engine No. 1407 AM101

- Very rare model, only 242 made
- Swiss maintenance of very high level
- Matching Numbers
- Delivered new in Germany

The Maserati 3500 GT was an answer to the Ferrari 250 GT. To follow up the Maserati A6G 2000, which is almost a race car 'dressed' for the city, Adolfo and Omer Orsi knew that it took a more comfortable car to please wealthy enthusiast customers. The time was appropriate and the brand had the necessary wind in its sails, what with strong successes with the F250 in the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio. Giulio Alfieri, a very talented engineer joined Maserati in 1953, and he placed in a tubular chassis a six-cylinder aluminum engine, derived from the 350S. Featuring two overhead camshafts and dual ignition, the car was flexible, yet powerful and reliable. The car began its production run as a coupe bodied by Touring, according to their technique of Superleggera, or lightweight construction. Inside the car became more luxurious with a more refined interior.

Introduced in 1957, the 3500 GT coupe became a sales success. With this success, Maserati at Geneva in 1960 unveiled a convertible version. Another Vignale execution, with a design from Giovanni Michelotti, the line was more modern than the coupe, with a more assertive grille and a stylish shoulder of the rear fender above the wheel arches. The body was made of steel, except for the hood and trunk lid made of aluminum and the car was slightly shorter than the coupe. The convertible had many famous owners including the King of Morocco and actor Dean Martin. Sold at a high price, its production was even more limited than that of the coupe. With just 242 made, this is now a much rarer and much sought after car.

The model underwent several improvements, including a fuel injection system from Lucas, of the type seen on the Jaguar D-Type, which increased max power to 235bhp and top speed to 220 km/h.

As confirmed by the history department of Maserati this sumptuous convertible was delivered new from the factory in Germany after being produced in June 1962. It was originally painted a "Parioli Verde" (a very light green metallic) with beige leather interior and included options such as sports wheel and removal hardtop, which it still has today. Purchased in 2007 by its current owner, an important Swiss collector, the car received a full restoration by the best Swiss craftsmen. The beige interior has been redone with old stocks of Connolly leather unearthed by its owner. Equipment includes power windows and the door panels and carpets are spotless, as well as the dashboard with Maserati branded instruments, which are sporty and elegant Jaegers, and the steering wheel features three drilled spokes. The body is in excellent condition with a gun-metal gray shade, befitting its simple and balanced design. The hood is also redone and the trunk has a fleece lining, which is beautifully crafted. The original engine (the car has "matching numbers") is powered by a Lucas injection, a system that has proven that when it is properly adjusted it works very well, plus the dual ignition that characterizes this racy six -cylinder machine. The car comes with a factory-fitted ZF five-speed gearbox. It has five restored Borrani wheels, all shod with Michelin tyres in good condition and the brakes are four discs that were on the last version of the model.

This magnificent example is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most prestigious of GT cars, for a price that is still far from that what some of its comparable rivals cost today.