1962 Maserati 3500
Year of manufacture1962
Engine n� 101.2242
- One of four examples built
- Magnificent example from the 1960s - the golden age of the GT
- Same family ownership since 1967
- One of just four examples built
This Maserati 3500 GT coup� with unique coachwork by Frua was delivered new on 13 July 1962 to the Maserati importer in Germany, Auto-K�nig, in Munich. Presented in metallic grey, it sold to its first owner, Werner Ruppertzhoven, from D�sseldorf, who registered the car on 24 July 1962. Around 1963, the colour was changed to burgundy red, and the car then returned to Auto K�nig in 1967. It found a new owner on 2 June 1967, living in Assenhausen, near Munich. From that day on it remained with the same family and this was where the car was found, in the garage where it had lain for many years...
The car on offer is one of four examples of the Maserati 3500 GT built by Frua in 1961 and 1962, each one different. The 3500 GT did for Maserati what the 250 GT had achieved for Ferrari. It enabled the constructor to pass from the status of an artisan to that of a car manufacturer operating on a different scale. Before this model, the marque now run by the Orsi family had offered cars derived from racing machines, such as the A6 1500 and the A6G/2000 : cars that were sophisticated mechanically but rather high maintenance and without the level of comfort demanded by a wealthy client�le, and therefore only produced in very limited numbers. In 1953 Orsi hired the engineer Giulio Alfieri whose first task was to design a Grand Touring Maserati better suited to everyday use. He developed the 3500 GT, that was such a success that 1,975 examples were produced between 1957 and 1965. It was powered by a 3.5-litre six-cylinder engine derived from that of the 350 S, with twin OHC and dual ignition. With triple Weber carburettors, it produced 220 bhp, capable of a top speed of 210 km/h. It was mated to a ZF box with four or five gears. The passenger compartment was luxuriously equipped, with a superb dashboard sporting five instruments and leather upholstery. Several coachbuilders submitted proposals to design the body, including Zagato, Frua and Allemano, who had already collaborated with the marque on earlier models. However, it was the design by Touring that finally won the Orsi family's approval, and it is in this form that the Maserati 3500 GT coup� is generally known. The other coachbuilders continued to propose other projects, as was the custom in Italy : Allemano (four prototypes in 1958/1959), Bertone (on example in 1959), Boneschi (two coup�s in 1962/1963), Moretti (one example in 1966), Vignale (one Spider in addition to the version adopted as the official Spider). Pietro Frua also created a Spider in 1959 along with four special coup�s in 1961 and 1962, one of which is the example on offer. Frua, who had previously collaborated on the A6G/2000, offered a very individual style that fused elegance with a sense of aggression, giving the 3500 GT an appearance that prefigured the future Sebring: a grill with four lights, a high waistline and a large area of glass.
The car we are presenting exudes high performance and luxury. It has been preserved in original condition and the inscription on the body "Creazione P. Frua" gives the car all its exclusivity. The black leather-clad seats are original and present an aged patina. This Grand Touring Maserati represents everything that is exclusive and sought-after in a collector's automobile today. It possesses rarity, stunningly beautiful styling and one of the most powerful engines of its day. With its unique design, more slender than the 3500 GT production model, this special 3500 GT stands out from every other GT of the 1950s and 1960s, and its uniqueness represents a guaranteed entry into all the best Concours d'El�gance events around the world. This is a rare opportunity indeed.