1964 Maserati 3500 GT Coupe  Chassis no. 101-2224 Engine no. 101-2224

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Lot 447
1964 Maserati 3500 GT Coupe
Chassis no. 101-2224 Engine no. 101-2224

Sold for US$ 88,920 inc. premium

Photo courtesy of Bruce Wennerstom

1964 Maserati 3500 GT Coupe
Coachwork by 'Superleggera' by Touring of Milan

Chassis no. 101-2224
Engine no. 101-2224
Automotive history is replete with pioneering brothers: the Dodge brothers, Stanley brothers, Rootes brothers and Duesenberg brothers, to name a few. Among the few large automobile families were the six Brothers Maserati: Carlo, Bindo, Alfiero, Ettore, Mario and Ernesto. Mario became an artist, but the others devoted their lives to automobiles and motor racing.

Alfieri took over the struggling Grand Prix efforts of Diatto, the upscale Turinese automaker. In 1926, he formed Officine Alfieri Maserati SpA Bolgna, and renamed the Diatto racer "Maserati 26," winning its class in the Targa Florio. Success was gradual, both Alfieri and Ernesto driving, but Alfieri died in 1932, a consequence of surgery for earlier racing injuries. Ernesto succeeded him as chief designer. Ettore had joined the family firm as business manager in 1930 and Bindo became sales manager two years later. Carlo, who had worked for Fiat and Bianchi, died in 1910. Maseratis soon became the car of choice for privateer competitors.

In 1938, the brothers sold the company to Adolfo Orsi. They were retained on a ten-year contract, and after World War II Ernesto designed a road-going sports car, the Tipo A6, unveiled at the 1947 Salon Internationale de l'Auto at Geneva. Their contract fulfilled, the Maserati brothers departed at the end of the year to found OSCA, while Orsi's son Omer concentrated on Maserati road cars.

From 1952 through 1957, however, Maserati cleaned up on the race track, winning seven World Championships and dominating Formula One, in large part due to lead driver Juan-Manuel Fangio. Emphasis changed to road cars of the Gran Turismo class as the 3500GT was introduced in 1957 at Geneva. Powered by a 220 bhp, hemi-head 3,485 cc inline dohc six, it was available as either a 2+2 coupe or convertible. The coupe had an aluminum superleggera body by Touring of Milan; the convertible was by Allemano of Turin. Disc brakes were added in subsequent years, and a Spyder by Vignale debuted in 1960 on a shorter chassis. Lucas fuel injection was added in 1961, by which time a ZF five-speed transmission was standard.

The GT-injection Maserati 3500 was bought for the collection because in their opinion the model is the 'most beautiful post-war Maserati ever built.' As ever, the reason for acquiring this car over others was that it represented a good original and correct example of the model. This fact is supported by an interesting file of history which dates back to its original supply, which was in Germany. The original closed German registration (Kraftfahrzeugbrief) is included in the history file and confirms that the car was first registered to Dr. Norbert Heieck of Braunschwieg on July 10, 1964. A later copy of a bill of sale from Auto-Becker of Dusseldorf charts its sale to the U.S. for DM14,000 to S. Harris of Rolla, Missouri on March 18, 1968. The car is understood to have spent much of the next two decades in Sacramento and by late 1980s, the car was with Bruce Trenery of Fantasy Junction, CA when it was sold to the previous owner, John Hansen of Sioux Falls, SD in 1993 through that same company.

Prior to Mr. Hansen's purchase Will Haible's Ferrari Service of San Leandro, CA completed a comprehensive inspection concluding it to be 'in excellent original condition in all respects, remarkable that every piece of the car is there and in such good condition. Not always the case with cars like this.' Mr. Hansen shipped the car home to Sioux Falls and appears to have used it for roughly a year before its engine needed rebuilding, this work took a while as he worked to source parts around the U.S. and Europe, receiving the most help from Kyle Fleming of Virginia. In 2000 it was sold to the current owners.

Notes from Hansen to the current owners suggest that the often troublesome fuel-injection system had been removed from the car around 1980, though it is still with the car. The Maserati can otherwise be described as correct and complete, aesthetically it remains predominantly original structurally and cosmetically and shows some signs of age and use, most notably there is some localized corrosion to the exterior bodywork and the interior shows signs of its age. It has recently benefited from a new head gasket and engine service.

Although it is conceivable that it could form the basis for a restoration, the current owners have elected to enjoy the car as it is and for what it is, reporting it to run very well, being 'powerful and driving like a modern car.'

The Maserati was chosen by Bruce and Genia Wennerstrom, organizers of the Greenwich Concours, as their poster car for this year's event.
1964 Maserati 3500 GT Coupe  Chassis no. 101-2224 Engine no. 101-2224
1964 Maserati 3500 GT Coupe  Chassis no. 101-2224 Engine no. 101-2224
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