1960 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder
- The Maserati Brothers founded the company bearing their name in 1926 with the sole intention of making racing cars, and indeed, Alfieri Maserati entered the Targa Florio race around Sicily in April of that year in one of their own cars. With that, further racing machinery all bearing the Trident motif was to come, the brothers selling out to the Orsi Family in 1937 and who subsequently moved the company to Modena. The racing cars that the company produced, such as the mighty 250F, exquisite A6GCS, gorgeous Birdcage, 300S, and so forth are now legendary, praised for both their technical advancements and sensational styling. In the late 1950s, the company turned its attention to building equally fabulous road cars, the 3500 GT being the first of their true series-production models.
This is one such car, a 3500 GT Spyder (3,485cc, Gran Turismo, convertible), and which has the highly desirable factory fitted options of triple Weber carburetors on the engine, a five-speed gearbox, and front disc brakes. Vignale were the chosen coachbuilders for the Spyders while Touring were used for the coupes, and just under 250 Spyder versions were built, making them extremely rare machines.
The Maserati has its correct matching-numbers chassis-to-engine and was fully restored in California by recognized marque exponents some years ago; it remains in top first class show condition today. With deep red exterior paintwork and flawless chrome work, the interior features black leather seats and door panels offset with black wool carpets and with the benefit of electric windows for added luxury.
The soft top is near perfect and fits snugly and can be erected in seconds. There is also a smart boot cover for when the top is folded down behind the seats. The driving experience is magnificent too with a strong engine, easy gearbox, and firm brakes.
The whole car exudes class and in our opinion could grace any concours field with ease; were this from another Italian marque and of the same era, it would likely cost considerably more!
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