1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 651
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Vignale Registration no. XYJ 547A Chassis no. AM101.0247

Sold for £ 41,400 (US$ 51,755) inc. premium
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Vignale

Registration no. XYJ 547A
Chassis no. AM101.0247

* Sold new in Switzerland
* Left-hand drive
* Present ownership since 1992
* Offered for restoration


Footnotes

  • 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.

    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 Touring-bodied 3500GT. A luxury '2+2', the 3500GT drew on Maserati's competition experience, employing a tubular chassis frame and an engine derived from the Alfieri-designed 350S sports racing car 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. Power output of the twin-cam six was around 220bhp initially; later examples produced 235bhp on fuel injection.

    Built on the short-wheelbase but otherwise similar chassis of the Vignale-bodied 3500GT spyder, the Sebring 2+2 coupé arrived in 1962. By now a five-speed gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes and fuel injection were standard equipment, while automatic transmission, air conditioning, and a limited-slip differential were options.

    Presented in 'barn find' condition and offered for restoration, this Sebring was sold new in Switzerland by the Swiss importers Martinelli & Sonvico. None of the latter's records exist and there are none from the Maserati Club of Switzerland for this period either. The current vendor purchased the Maserati in 1992 from Kestrel Motors, who believed it had been imported from USA. The car was in barn find condition at the time of writing and had been fitted with a replacement engine. In storage since acquisition, this Sebring comes with a V5 registration document and is sold strictly as viewed.
Contacts
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
1963 Maserati Sebring Coupé Project  Chassis no. AM101.0247
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Like the vast majority of auctioneers Bonhams charge what is known as a Buyer's Premium. Buyer's Premium on all Automobilia lots will adhere to Bonhams group policy:

27.5% on the first £2,500 of the hammer price; 25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £2,500 up to and including £300,000; 20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £300,000 up to and including £3,000,000; and 13.9% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of £3,000,000. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT.

For Motor Cars and Motorcycles a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £500,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £500,000. VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Some lots may be subject to VAT on the Hammer Price. These lots will be clearly marked with the relevant symbol printed beside the lot number in the catalog.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.