1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740

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Lot 14
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé
Registration no. SRC 900 Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740

Sold for £ 135,900 (US$ 177,127) inc. premium
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé
Registration no. SRC 900
Chassis no. AM 101.740
Engine no. AM 101.740

*One of 12 right-hand drive models
*Delivered new to the UK
*Circa 44,000 miles from new
*Present ownership since 1965
*Recently re-commissioned

Footnotes

  • 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 3500GT, its first road car built in significant numbers. A luxury 2+2 featuring beautiful Superleggera aluminium 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 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 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.

    This car was completed on the 24 March 1960, chassis number '740' is thought to be one of only 12 3500 GT Coupés built in right-hand drive configuration; its original colour scheme was Grigio metallizzato (grey metallic) with Rosso (red) leather interior. The car was first supplied to Maserati's then concessionaire in the UK Colin Murray Ltd of Fleetwood Lancashire. The Maserati was first registered on 20th April 1960 to motor trader David Buxton of London Road, Derby, and before the end of that month had passed to its first private owner: one D G Howitt of Nottingham. On 21st December 1960 the car was registered to J Howitt Ltd of Basford, Nottinghamshire, while a change of colour to blue was recorded by the licensing authorities on 9th August 1961. (It was repainted in its original grey livery by Minden Motors of Bury St Edmunds in 1979). There were then two further owners before the car was acquired by the Curtis family firm in May 1965.

    Registered to Kingsley Curtis in August 1993, the Maserati was used for special occasions and continental touring until 2003, since when it has been garage stored. A total of circa 44,000 miles is currently displayed on the odometer, while accompanying MoT certificates show that only some 2,500 miles have been covered since 1972.

    The car has recently been re-commissioned, including replacement of the brake pipes, and is in running and driving order. However, as it has not seen any serious use for some years, some further re-commissioning may be required. Offered with an old-style logbook, V5 document, instruction manual, parts book and brochure, this rare right-hand drive 3500 GT represents an exciting opportunity to acquire one of these most sought after of classic Maseratis.
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1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé  Chassis no. AM 101.740 Engine no. AM 101.740
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