Over a six-year period, only 34 examples of the Maserati 5000 GT were produced. They carried a factory list price of $14,000 in 1959, making them one of the most expensive cars of their era. These passenger cars had the best power-to-weight ratio in the world, thanks to their 4.9-liter DOHC Twin-Plug V8 alloy engine that offered 325 horsepower.
The 5000 GT cars were given custom coachwork by Frua, Touring, Pinin Farina, Allemano, and Bertone, among others. This car, with chassis number 103.046 was clothed by Allemano and was finished by the factory on August 24th of 1962. It was painted in Bleu Sera Metallic with white Connolly leather interior, just the same as today. The first owner was a Piero Maria Merli Brandini of Rome, Italy. When new, it had a rare five-speed ZF transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, and air conditioning.
The car has been given a full restoration that was completed in the early 2000s.
In 2008, this Allemano bodied 5000GT was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company Auction held in Pebble Beach, Ca. It was estimated to sell for $600,000 - $800,000. Bidding failed to reach the reserve and the lot was left unsold.
This custom coachwork Maserati 5000GT was the 23rd of 34 built with a factory 5-speed. AM103046 was the sole 5000 commissioned with air conditioning. This Allenmano was originally sold to Piero Liugi Maria Brandini in Italy. The car was eventually discovered in Caracas, Venezuela, by a European diamond merchant, in unrestored but complete condition. It was shipped to Maserati specialist Bill McGrath, in England, and underwent a 10-year restoration.
The Shaw of Iran requested a passenger car that was capable of 280 kph (175 mph). The car produced used a slightly detuned Maserati 450s, 5.0-liter, race engine. The second 5000 produced was ordered by Basil Reed, the owner of the Kylami race track. Maserati allowed French journalist Bernard Cahier to test this car. His road test review prompted the orders of 5000s. The majority of these Maseratis were tailor made for special customers, heads of state, industrialists, and royalty. Built in August 1962, this Maserati 5000 GT is shown in its original colors.Also photographed at :