<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925

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Lot 133
1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER
Coachwork by Vignale

Sold for US$ 880,000 inc. premium
1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER
Coachwork by Vignale

Chassis no. 101925
Engine no. AM101*925

3,485cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Triple Weber Carburetors
220bhp at 5,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission (see text)
Independent Front and Longitudinal Leaf Spring Rear Suspension with Live Axle
Front Disc and Rear Drum Brakes

*One of just 242 Vignale 3500 GT and GTi Spyders built
*Known ownership history from new
*Desirable, carbureted specification
*Stunning Giovanni Michelotti design
*Nicely restored and maintained for active use



THE MASERATI 3500GT

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 Sportscar 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 eventually 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 Touring-bodied 3500GT, its first road model built in significant numbers. A luxury '2+2', the 3500GT drew on Maserati's competition experience, employing a tubular chassis frame and an engine derived from the 350S sports car unit of 1956. Its 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 on carburetors, 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 before production ceased in 1964.

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 aluminum, the spyder lasted in production until 1964, by which time only 245 cars had been made.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Numerous stellar options were available to a buyer looking for stunning open sportscar of racing pedigree. Ferrari, Jaguar, Siata, AC, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW—among others—competed for the dollars, francs, marks, pounds and lira of the style minded at the top of the market. With its lithe, good looks and torquey straight six, the Maserati 3500 found a fair amount of success. Sold new to Switzerland, s/n 101925 was originally ordered in black with a brown leather interior, but at the last minute was changed to Bianco Andalusia (white) over maroon leather. Completed with Vignale body number 33, a 4-speed ZF gearbox, and front disc with rear drum brakes, it left the Modena factory on June 18, 1960 and was registered in Switzerland two days later.

The first owner would retain the car until 1963, followed by a nine year tenure with the second owner. In 1972, the car was acquired by Rudolph Meister of Bern, Switzerland. At the time of acquisition, the Maserati was described as being in very original condition, with its original red leather and white paint, but fitted with a new unpainted front end that was installed after a slight collision. When s/n 101925 was bought by its fourth owner in 1999, it had been stripped of its paint with its interior apart and a partial mechanical restoration completed. Retained briefly, it was sold the next year to a Dr. Stefan Zierhut of Passau, Germany.

Under Zierhut's ownership, a restoration of 101925 was begun while the engine was overhauled by Herbert Gerstner of Wangerland, Germany. Repainted Grigio (grey), 11 years on the restoration would remain stillborn as the Maserati was purchased in 2010 in a partly dismantled state by Peter Weisner of Salzburg, Austria. Under Weisner's tenure, 101925 was sent to Franco Tralli of Bomporto, Italy to be finally completed. Meanwhile, a new maroon leather interior was crafted by Lupi in Modena and a new convertible top, along with overall topping, tailing, and detailing, was achieved by Carrozzeria Auto Sport in Bastiglia, Italy. Work completed in Europe is documented by numerous invoices and photographs of the work completed. Receipts on file document the tens of thousands of euros that were spent.

Upon completion of the restoration, the car was sold to its present owner in July of 2011.

Since acquisition, 101925 has been carefully driven and enjoyed—with careful maintenance throughout. Receipts on file showing thousands of dollars in careful upkeep to ensure smooth and reliable mechanical operation.

With only 242 examples—this car being the 33rd—of the 3500 Vignale Spyder built—both in carbureted GT and Lucas fuel-injected GTi form—these beautiful, coachbuilt sports cars are rare to come to the market in any condition. Fitted with a tractable and more useable 5-speed manual transmission, but retaining its original 4-speed box, this lovely Maserati is presented in fantastic, tour-ready condition, it is complete with a thick file of receipts and documentation, its old Carte Gris, the original owner's handbook, parts manual, and dealer brochure, as well as a copy of its original buildsheet from Maserati Classiche. It is a phenomenal machine with which to participate in any number of sought after motoring events such as the Copperstate 1000, Colorado Grand, and Tour Auto.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this car is titled with chassis number 1M101925.
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<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
<B>1960 MASERATI 3500 GT SPYDER<BR />Coachwork by Vignale<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 101925<BR />Engine no. AM101*925
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