1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275

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1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Vignale Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275

Sold for € 270,250 (US$ 302,328) inc. premium
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Vignale

Chassis no. AM 101 10 275
Engine no. AM 101 10 275
*One of a mere 591 produced
*Delivered new to Italy
*Only 12,000 kilometres since an engine rebuild
*Matching numbers

Introduced in 1962, the Sebring was one of the final manifestations of the landmark 3500GT, which had been the linchpin of Maserati's programme to establish itself as a manufacturer of road cars. 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 switching production from competition to road models.

The Modena marque's new era began in 1957 with the launch of the Touring-bodied 3500GT, its first road car built in significant numbers. A luxury 2+2, 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 producing 235bhp on Lucas mechanical fuel injection. Built initially with drum brakes and four-speed transmission, the 3500GT 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 3500GT 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. Introduced in 1959, Vignale's Maserati 3500GT Spyder was the creation of Giovanni Michelotti, at that time the company's star designer. Built on a slightly shorter wheelbase - 250cm as opposed to 260cm - than the coupé and constructed of steel panels rather than the closed car's aluminium, the spyder lasted in production until 1964, by which time only 245 cars had been made.

Built on the short-wheelbase chassis of the spyder and likewise styled by Vignale, the Sebring 2+2 coupé arrived in 1962. By now a five-speed gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes and fuel injection were standard equipment, with automatic transmission, air conditioning and a limited-slip differential available as options. A 3.7-litre, 245bhp engine became available as the original developed into the Series II (introduced in 1965) while some cars left the factory with 4.0-litre units towards the end of production in 1966, by which time 591 Sebrings had been built.

A manual transmission model, this matching numbers Sebring was delivered new to an unknown Italian owner in 1966. Between 1968 and 1984 the car was in Parma and from '84 to 2000 in Milan. From 2000 to 2014 it belonged to Dr Noel Martine in Belgium and since then has been owned by a Maserati collector in Holland. The engine and fuel injection system were rebuilt in 1997, since when the car has covered only 12,000 kilometres, while more recently (in 2014) it received new tyres and new brakes. Air conditioning was installed in 2015 and a service carried out. Finished in maroon with black leather interior, this beautiful and rare Maserati coupé is presented in generally very good condition and offered with Netherlands registration papers and roadworthiness certificate.
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1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101 10 275 Engine no. AM 101 10 275
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