1963 Maserati 3500
Year of manufacture1963
Chassis # AM101 01535 *
Engine No. AM101 01657 *
- High quality restoration
- One of the last six-cylinder Maseratis
- A distinctive Vignale design
- More than 225 000 invest in the restoration (Bill McGrath Ltd)
Originally commissioned for the US market, this car was finally delivered new in Italy, where it spent the early years of its existence. Registered on January 21, 1963, just 335 Sebrings were produced, and this one was the last Sebring produced in 1962. It features three options, including two very rare ones: air-conditioning, a passenger headrest, and chrome wire wheels with aluminum rims.
Its current owner, an important collector of Maseratis for almost two decades, and used to participating at the most prestigious concours d'elegances, bought this car in 2003 and decided in 2011 to embark on a comprehensive restoration. He chose one of the best brand specialists, Bill McGrath Ltd., in the UK. Work began on March 7, 2011 and ended on May 18, 2015, leaving nothing to chance. Everything was redone on this car: engine, fuel injection system, transmission, rear axle, wiring harness, brakes, seals and chrome, air-conditioning. The body was restored to its original color, a beautiful "Amaranto Roma", with beautiful light beige upholstery and carpets. The exhaust tips have been deliberately lengthened at the rear in order to prevent exhaust gas going back into the boot. Please note that during its change of car registration document on the 30th of June 2015, an administrative error without gravity inverted one of the figures of the frame number.
In total, the work added up to £ 170,000 as can be seen from the invoices coming with the car. With the counter displaying 63,183km, it is in superb condition and drives beautifully, and not surprisingly the car received in September 2015 the first prize in the concours d'elegance organized by the Maserati International Club. The prize was awarded by Adolfo Orsi himself.
The Sebring is one of the last Maseratis powered by an in-line six-cylinder with dual ignition, an engine that came from competition, and it owes its name to the victory achieved on this track by Juan Manuel Fangio and Jean Behra in a 450S. In this nice condition, it represents a wonderful touring machine.