1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290
Lot 18
1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé
Coachwork by Touring
Sold for € 207,000 (US$ 244,135) inc. premium

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1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé  Chassis no. AM101.2290 Engine no. AM101.2290
1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé
Coachwork by Touring

Chassis no. AM101.2290
Engine no. AM101.2290
•Sought after disc-brake model
•5-speed ZF manual transmission from new
•Delivered new to Italy
•Matching chassis and engine

Despite numerous racetrack successes that included Juan Manuel Fangio's fifth World Championship - at the wheel of a 250F - and runner-up spot in the World Sports Car Championship with the fabulous 450S - both in 1957, the marque's most successful season - Maserati was by that time facing a bleak future. Its parent company's financial difficulties forced a withdrawal from racing, and Maserati's survival strategy for the 1960s centred on establishing the company as a producer of road cars.

The Modena marque's new era began in 1957 with the launch of the 3500 GT, its first road car built in significant numbers. A luxury 2+2 featuring beautiful Superleggera aluminium coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring, the 3500 GT drew heavily on Maserati's competition experience, employing a tubular chassis frame and an engine derived from the 350S sports car unit of 1956. Suspension was independent at the front by wishbones and coil springs, while at the back there was a conventional live axle/semi-elliptic arrangement.

The 3500 GT's designer was none other than Giulio Alfieri, creator of the immortal Tipo 60/61 'Birdcage' sports-racer and the man responsible for developing the 250F into a World Championship winner. The twin-overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine was a close relative of that used in the 250F and developed around 220bhp initially, later examples producing 235bhp on Lucas mechanical fuel injection. Built initially with drum brakes and four-speed transmission, the 3500 GT was progressively updated, gaining five speeds, front disc brakes and, finally, all-disc braking.

A car possessing such impeccable antecedents not unnaturally attracted the attention of Italy's finest carrozzeria: Allemano, Bertone and Frua all created bodies for the 3500 GT chassis. Most coupés were the work of Touring, while all but one (a Frua-bodied example) of the much less common Spyder version were the work of Carrozzeria Vignale.

The example offered here represents the pinnacle of the model's development, being delivered with the five-speed ZF gearbox, disc brakes all round, and Lucas mechanical fuel injection, hence the name change to '3500 GTI', the first time the now common 'GTI' appellation had ever been used. Chassis number '2290' is a European model delivered new to Italy. The vendor informs us that while restoring the car some 8-9 years ago to a very high standard, both cosmetically and mechanically, the sensible decision was taken to replace the often unreliable Lucas injection with Weber carburettors. This change makes the car both very reliable and lovely to drive. Other noteworthy features include original 3500 GTI wheels; stainless steel exhaust system; oil cooler; and an extensively restored interior with new cognac leather trim.

The owner further informs us that the Maserati, which is finished in a very handsome colour combination, has a very solid body with good lines and beautiful paint. We are advised that the car remains in beautiful condition after its restoration, is mechanically in very good condition, and drives very well. This wonderful 3500 GTI comes with Swiss registration papers and EU import duties paid.
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