Carlo Dusio, Torino, Italy (acquired new in 1962)
Gary Kogak, Skokie, Illinois (acquired circa 1975)
Current Owner (acquired from the above)
This fascinating example of Maserati’s celebrated 3500 GT possesses a distinguished
provenance, factory documentation, and uncommon originality.
According to a copy of the original build sheet, dated February 17, 1962, chassis
2360 was specified with Touring coachwork, handsomely finished in Grigio Albany
(Albany Gray) paint with Marrone (brown) leather upholstery. Consistent with its
build date, this relatively late-production 3500 GT was originally equipped with
Lucas fuel injection, four-wheel disc brakes, and a five-speed ZF gearbox.
Delivery records provided by Maserati Classiche indicate that Carlo Dusio, son of
the well-known Cisitalia principal and Porsche collaborator Piero Dusio, was the
first owner of this car. The 3500 GTi was dispatched on July 24, 1962, to dealer
Autosalone Renzo Bordese of Torino, which in turn delivered the car to Cisitalia
Autocostruzione on Dusio’s behalf. The Maserati is believed to have remained
in Italy until at least 1973, as suggested by registration stickers affixed to the
windshield and glove box.
An invoice in the file states that it was imported in July 1975 by Bob Grossman’s
well-known Maserati dealership in Nyack, New York, and subsequent paperwork
suggests the car then passed to a long-term owner in Skokie, Illinois. When
purchased by the consignor, the 3500 GTi had been in static storage for
approximately 10 years.
Having owned several vintage Maseratis in the past, the current owner was
delighted by the car’s well-preserved condition and fascinating provenance. He
reports that the interior and much of the paintwork remain in largely original order
and that the engine is the original, matching-numbers unit, its internal number
(1385) corresponding to the factory records provided by Maserati Classiche.
Seeking to preserve the car’s unique character, the consignor recently undertook
some sympathetic freshening measures to bring the Maserati closer to full
operating condition. The brakes, radiator, water pump, and generator were rebuilt,
while the shock absorbers were replaced, along with numerous ancillary parts
such as hoses, filters, and spark plugs. While the car currently starts and idles,
the consignor recommends that the next caretaker service all systems, including
the Lucas fuel-injection, for optimal running condition.
Documented with numerous build records from Maserati Classiche, this 3500
GTi possesses the unique provenance of having originally been owned by Carlo
Dusio, who participated in the 1948 and 1952 Mille Miglia, and was of indispensable
value to his father in the management of Cisitalia. This elegant Touring-bodied
coupe would be an important addition to the collection of preservationists and
connoisseurs of the Cisitalia marque, though it can also be enjoyed as an impressive,
unrestored example of one of Maserati’s most admired road cars.