Maserati 3500 GT Berlinetta

Maserati’s emphasis changed to road cars of the Gran Turismo class as the 3500 GT coupe was introduced in 1957 at Geneva. Powered by a 220 bhp, hemi-head 3,485 cc inline DOHC six, it featured a stylish aluminum “Superleggera” body by Touring of Milan.

Constructed in the late fall of 1957, this particular Maserati 3500 GT was retained by the Maserati Factory for its own internal and personal use. It is a one-off production prototype evaluation unit with several distinct differences from the production cars. It was tested extensively from mid-1957 through the spring of 1958, during which time a number of updates and revisions were made before the formal completion date of March 15, 1958. In addition to the rare manual windows of early 3500 GTs, it has a number of features unique to this car, including an ornate steering wheel with brass Maserati crest, fine mesh front grille, hand-made chrome deck-lid supports, one-off dashboard with Jaeger gauges with hand-painted badges and French labels, a 240 km/h speedometer, a tachometer with no redline, a unique chassis frame with suspension geometry different from production cars, a 300S-type oil cooler and magnesium Alfin brake drums. It also has chrome-plated brass side trim and Carrozzeria Touring badges that are all of a unique design. All castings and components show very early 1957 date codes, some from as early as April of that year.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

220 bhp, 3,485 cc double overhead camshaft inline six-cylinder engine with triple twin-choke Weber carburetors, four-speed ZF manual gearbox, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102.4"

Source: RM Auctions

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