During the 1950s, Maserati was essentially a specialized constructor of highly developed sports-racing and grand prix automobiles. Their success with these few road cars combined with the tragic failure of the company's constructor's world championship racing team in 1957 convinced the company's owners, the Orsi family, that a new direction was needed.
At the 1957 Geneva Show, Maserati introduced their 3500GT with standard coachwork provided by Touring. Maserati had hoped to capitalize on the successes of their six-cylinder 250F GP car (which is considered the best built, most balanced and best driving of the front-engined GP cars) and its 300S sports-racing sibling.
Development and refinement continued on the Maserati 3500GT throughout its production lifespan. In 1960, Maserati selected Alfredo Vignale to build a Spyder version. It was built atop a shorter (by 100mm) wheelbase and given subtle, yet distinctive, design differences. These differences included the grille emblem, hood scoop, and the fender top line which was straight on the 3500GT but had a distinctive drop in front of the rear fender in the Vignale Spyder.
Production of the Vignale Spyder version continued for six years with a mere 227 examples produced during that time.
This car was once in the John Bookout collection before being acquired by its current owner. It has been well cared for its entire life and is in top mechanical and cosmetic condition. It has a set of Weber dual throat side draft carburetors, a ZF five-speed gearbox, and four-wheel power assisted disc brakes. The suspension has been professionally lowered by two-inches for better handling.
It is finished in triple black with original leather seats.
In 2008, this Maserati 3500GT Spyder was offered for sale at the Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by Worldwide Auctioneers. It had an estimated value of $225,000 - $275,000. Bidding reached $211,200, including buyer's premium, which was suitable to satisfy the vehicles reserve. The lot was sold.Also photographed at :