Maserati 3500 GT Spider projektu Giovanni Michelotti z turyńskiego Vignale to niezwykle rzadka odmiana kultowego modelu. Wyprodukowano ich zaledwie 242 sztuki, wszystkie z 220 konnym sześciocylindrowym silnikiem, pięciobiegową manualną skrzynią ZF, napędem na tylną oś i wiatrem we włosach. Jazda takim gran tourismo po Alpach to musi być spełnienie marzeń. Ten przepiękny, jasnoniebieski egzemplarz wystawiony będzie na nadchodzącej, paryskiej aukcji. Renowacja oryginalnego i wolnego od rdzy nadwozia samochodu zakończyła się w 2014 roku. Samochód otrzymał nowy materiał dachu i prezentuje się fantastycznie. W układzie paliwowym zmienione zostały gaźniki na trzy Weber’y 42 DCOE, ale jest to dość powszechnie stosowany zabieg ułatwiający eksploatację. Ten przepiękny kabriolet wyceniony został na 750 – 850 tysięcy euro (ok. 3,2 – 3,6 milionów złotych). Sprzedało się za 716 800 euro.
1962 Maserati 3500 GT Spider by Vignale
Chassis no. AM101 1365
Engine no. AM101 1365
€750.000 – €850.000
To be auctioned on Wednesday, February 8, 2017
220 hp, 3,485 cc DOHC six-cylinder engine with triple Weber 42 DCOE carburettors, ZF five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, double wishbones, and an anti-roll bar; rigid rear axle with radius arms and semi-elliptical leaf springs; and hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,540 mm
Concours-quality restoration by marque specialists
One of just 242 Vignale-bodied 3500 GT/GTi Spyders built
Desirably outfitted with Borrani wire wheels and triple Weber carburettors
Unveiled for the first time at the 1957 Geneva Auto Show, Maserati’s 3500 GT held the fate of the company in its hands. The chassis and suspension were much like its predecessor, the AG6/54, as they were composed of large-diameter steel tubes with sheet steel stiffeners. Fitted with a detuned, twin-cam inline six-cylinder sourced from the 350S, the iteration fitted to the 3500 GT was tuned to offer more civilized road manners. Featuring twin spark-plug ignition and triple Weber carburettors, the engine produced 220 horsepower. With a ZF-sourced gearbox, Girling disc brakes, and a rear axle from Salisbury, the 3500 GT boasted an impressive specification as well as an equally impressive top speed of 137 mph.
Coupe bodies were built by Touring, while the cabriolet bodywork was constructed by Vignale, riding on a chassis two inches shorter than the coupe. The Vignale Spyders proved to be the most desirable and rarest models, with only 242 Spyders built compared to 2,000 coupes. A fine array of chrome bezzelled Veglia/Jaeger instruments and a delicate Nardi thin-rimmed black bakelite steering wheel and period radio complete handsome and very well-appointed interior.
Presented here in excellent condition, chassis number AM101 1365 has been fully restored with no expense spared by a marque specialist in Southern California, with the work being completed in 2014. Having spent most of its life in the United States and California in particular, the restoration started with an excellent original and rust-free example. The bodywork was refinished in light blue over dark blue leather upholstery with light grey carpeting and a new black soft top.
The fuel system was updated to triple Weber 42 DCOE carburettors, which were indeed fitted to the 1957–1960 3500 GTs, by a previous owner. This was a relatively common change, which occurred even in the Sebrings and Mistrals, as the carburettors offered similar performance without the maintenance hassle of the Lucas fuel-injection equipment. Following the completion of its restoration, the car was purchased by its current Italian owner.
The Maserati still remains in splendid condition throughout. It is an extremely valid alternative to a Ferrari 250 PF Cabriolet or an Aston Martin DB5 Convertible and would be a gorgeous addition to any collection. Simply stated, this is stylish Italian open-top motoring at its most glamorous.