Maserati 3500 GT Coupe
Maserati, particularly revered for its Grand Prix cars and the sports racers that engendered the company’s first road cars, had produced just 130 cars in total prior to the launch of the 3500 GT, which was descended from the A6G/2000 racer and introduced in 1957. The prototype, bodied by Milan’s Touring with its patented “Superleggera” (super light) construction, was enthusiastically received and immediately entered production.
Although the 3500 GT was the first Maserati produced in quantity, all bodies were coachbuilt, mostly by Touring or Vignale, with small differences common from car to car. The chassis were classically Italian, welded from large tubes. Produced through 1964, the 3500 GT was Maserati’s salvation during a particularly difficult period when the company’s cash flow depended heavily on its competition success. Only 2,233 of all variants were produced.
Power was from a detuned version of the 350S racing engine with twin-plug ignition. Initial carbureted versions produced about 220 hp, but in 1962, Lucas mechanical fuel injection was added. Purists continue to prefer the original, carbureted cars for their appearance, plus their greater reliability and ease of maintenance. Maserati claimed a top speed of 146 mph.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
220 bhp, 3,485 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with triple Weber carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with radius arms, semi-elliptic leaf springs and torsion stabilizer bar, and hydraulic front disc, rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102.3"
Source: RM Auctions