1962 MASERATI 3500GT COUPE
COACHWORK BY TOURING
Chassis No. 101-2334
Engine No. 101-2334
Maroon with tan leather interior
Engine: 101 Series six cylinder, twin overhead camshaft, 3,485cc, giving 235bhp at 5,800rpm; Gearbox: 5-speed ZF manual; Suspension: front - independent with coil springs, rear - live axle with coil springs; Brakes: four wheel servo-assisted discs. Left hand drive.
Prior to World War II and for some years afterwards, Maserati specialized in building only competition sports and racing cars. The enormous costs of running a Grand Prix team and winning the 1957 World Championship put severe financial presures on to the company. Therefore to increase sales, they decided to introduce a range of production high speed touring cars based upon their existing competition engines. The first of these was introduced at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show and was appropriately called 3500 GT, powered by a detuned version of the famous 350S sports racing engine. The twin cam six cylinder unit produced 235bhp at 5,800rpm and with its elegant Touring of Milan Superleggera Coupe coachwork provided a genuine 145mph top speed. This was more than a match for its rivals, especially the Ferrari 250GT, and was an instant success, the salvation of Maserati's financial predicament.
The 3500GT stayed in production until 1964 and some 2,000 Touring coupes were built over that period, earning a world wide reputation of a suberbly built, easy to drive, high performance Grand Tourer. Various evolutionary changes took place including the fitting of four wheel disc brakes, five speed gearbox and fuel injection.
While this highly original example is badged as a GTi, it is believed to have been supplied new with weber (42 DCOE8) carburettors and never to have had fuel injection. It has always resided in Southern California and the first owner, like the current was a Doctor. The third owner lived in Laguna Niguel and Richard Riddell purchased it from him in 1990. The car was repainted some years ago and while very presentable does show some minor crazing and a few paint chips on close inspection. The dashboard veneer also shows its dry climate residence and has crazed. It comes equipped with fine tan leather upholstery, electric windows, a modern cassette radio player. Borrani wire wheels and a Rolls-Royce air conditioning system. The mileage of 56,359 is believed to be genuine from new. The car is reported to drive extremely well. This is a perfect opportunity to acquire an original Grand Touring car with sporting coachwork, powered by a race bred engine and mechanics from the famous Italian marque Maserati.