1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158
Lot 96
1961 Maserati 3500 GT Coupe
Sold for US$ 156,200 inc. premium

Lot Details
1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158 1961 Maserati 3500GT  Chassis no. 101.158 Engine no. 101.158
1961 Maserati 3500 GT Coupe
Coachwork by Touring

Chassis no. 101.1580
Engine no. AM101*1580

3,485cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Triple Weber Carburetors
220bhp at 5,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Extensive mechanical restoration
*Matching numbers engine
*Highly desirable Maserati for concours or tours
*$55,000 in recent mechanical service
*Documented by its Maserati Certificate of Origin and copies of the original delivery note


The Maserati 3500 GT

"The 3500 GT Maserati is a much underrated motor car, being overshadowed by the prancing horse from up the road in Modena. But it is not so long ago that the prancing horse was very much on the prongs of the Maserati trident in motor racing and there is that lovely big six-cylinder engine under the bonnet to remind one of the glories of the 250F." - Edward Eves, Autocar July 3, 1976.

Despite numerous racetrack successes that included Juan Manuel Fangio's fifth World Championship at the wheel of a 250F and a 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 centered on establishing the company as a producer of road cars.

The Modena marque's new era began in 1957 with the launch of the 3500GT, its first road car built in significant numbers. A luxury 2+2 featuring beautiful Superleggera aluminum coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring, the 3500GT drew heavily on Maserati's competition experience, employing a tubular chassis frame and an engine derived from the 350S sportscar 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 3500GT'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 produced 235bhp on Lucas mechanical fuel injection. Built initially with drum brakes and a four-speed transmission, the 3500GT was progressively updated, gaining five speeds, front disc brakes and finally, all-disc braking. By the time the 3500GT was discontinued in 1964, around 2,200 of all types had been made.

The Motorcar Offered

This triple-carb 3500 was delivered new to Dr. Giussepe Ferruzza, an Italian Senator from Palermo, Italy, on November 23, 1961. According to copies of its original delivery note, the car was trimmed in Grigio Auteuil—silver-grey paint over pelle bleu—light blue leather and was accompanied by a full toll roll. Dr. Ferruzza would keep the car until about 1966/67 before selling it to another resident of Palermo. In 1971 the car came into the ownership of Ms. Lydia Bellanta of Messina, Italy. Ms. Bellanta enjoyed the big coupe for four years before gifting it to Bernardo Torri, also of Messina, as a wedding gift—certainly better than a set of silverware or a pasta maker! It is unknown exactly when the car left Italy and came to American, but the car had been a resident of Chicagoland for some time when the Maserati came into the collection of Robert Haley of Chicago, Illinois in the 1980s. Described as being in substantially similar cosmetic condition to how it stands today when it was acquired, Mr. Haley would keep the car until 2014 at which point it was acquired by the current owner.

While the car had been repainted red and the interior redone in black at some point over three decades ago, s/n 1580 had remained otherwise very original. Upon acquisition, the Maserati was sent to Vintage Racing Motors in Redmond, Washington for a thorough mechanical rebuild. Records on file totaling about $55,000 document extensive service to the drivetrain—including a complete rebuild of the engine, transmission, brakes, suspension, electronics, and trim rubber along with some rust repairs.

Today the car shows as a good, honest example. Thanks to its recent service—on which 200 miles have been covered since completion, mechanically the car presents well while cosmetically one may choose to keep the preservation aspect of the car's condition or restore it. Documented by its Maserati Classiche Certificate of Origin, copies of the original delivery notes, and copious receipts from recent history, this lovely, number's matching 3500 GT is certainly not one to be missed.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this car is titled as a 1963 with chassis number 1011580.

Saleroom notices

  • Upon inspection of this Lot, and noticing areas of corrosion, we feel the car is more likely a candidate for restoration as opposed to preservation. A selection of detailed photographs are available to interested parties.
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