1962 Maserati 3500 GTi
Designer: Alfredo Vignale
Though 1962 was a prolific year for Maserati, the company decided to offer a larger car to augment its production of two-seaters. Built on the same wheelbase as the smaller car, the Sebring was a 2+2 coupe with spacing seating for two up front and t....[continue reading]
The definitive Gran Turismo of its era, the Maserati 3500 GT debuted in 1957 and was the company's first genuine series-production road car. Maserati's three decades as a constructor of some of the world's finest racing cars showed in every detail of....[continue reading]
Total 3500 GT Worldwide production 1958 to 1964 was 2219. 1 of 390 built in 1962.....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: 101.2428
Chassis number 101.2428 was built in late 1962 and has features from both the early and late series. The car has the earlier side window frames without the second vent window at the rear of the door, and the earlier, single-piece taillights. The car ....[continue reading]
Designer: Alfredo Vignale
The Maserati 3500 GT touring made its introduction in 1957 and continued until 1964, with approximately 2,000 manufactured during that period. This example spent the first five years of its life in Europe. In November of 1961, Bologna Maserati dealer....[continue reading]
Maserati introduced the 3500 GT at the 1957 Geneva Salon. It was designed by chief engineer Giulio Alfieri and was essentially developed from the company's first street car, the AG6 of 1946, which was offered only as a rolling chassis and was bodied ....[continue reading]
The Maserati 3500 GT, introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1957, was produced through 1964 with more than 2,200 examples built during that time. The 3500 GT's alloy body was styled by Carrozzeria Touring and utilized the firm's famous Superleggera ....[continue reading]
This Maserati wears Touring Superleggera coachwork and is powered by a six-cylinder twin cam twin-plug aluminum engine mated to a five-speed transmission. It was completed at the Modena based Maserati factory in November of 1962. It was built ....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: AM101.2102
This Maserati 3500 GT has been owned by three entertainment icons – Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor, and Anthony Quinn. Mr. Fisher purchased it new as a gift for Elizabeth Taylor in 1962. The next owner was Anthony Quinn of Beverly Hills, CA who purch....[continue reading]
This Maserati 3500GT wears coachwork by Touring and is finished in Grigio Albany
(Albany Gray) paint with Marrone (brown) leather upholstery. It is a relatively late-production example that was originally equipped with Lucas fuel injection, four-w....[continue reading]
HistoryThe Maserati 3500 GT was produced from 1957 through 1964 with over 2000 examples being produced. The vehicle was penned by Carrozzeria Touring gathering many styling cues from the legendary Maserati A6G54 coupe. The 3500 GT is seen as a savior for the Maserati Company. Prior to its production, the company produced less than 140 cars in a ten year time span. Racing and competition nearly exhausted the funds; the company needed help. Becoming a mass-produced company and the widely accepted 3500 GT saved the company and allowed for Maserati to continue its racing efforts with the design and development of the famous birdcage design.
In March of 1957, the 3500 GT was shown to the public at the Geneva Motor Show. Two prototypes were shown; one was designed by Touring and the other by Allemano. The Touring design was a 2+2 coupe, which was later selected by Omer Orsi selected for production. There were minor modifications of the production design. The headlamps, radiator grille, and the dashboard were slightly modified but remained mostly unchanged.
Over the Maserati 3500 GT's production lifespan, many improvements were made. In 1960, front disc brakes became standard; also this year the four-speed manual gear was replaced by a ZF five-speed transmission. In 1961, disc brakes became standard on all four corners. In 1962 the engine was matted to a Lucas Fuel Injection system which increased horsepower by 15.
Under the hood was a 3.5 liter DOHC inline-six cylinder power-plant equipped with three side-draft two-barrel carburetors achieving 240 horsepower. The engine was an evolution of the Tipo 250F Formula 1 car. Top speed with the 3500 GT was achieved at 145 mph.
In 1960 Carrozziera Vignale introduced a 3500 spider which sat atop a shortened chassis. Other coachbuilders such as Allemano, Frua, Moretti, Bertone, and Boneschi produced bodies for the 3500 chassis.
The car was impressive both visually and mechanically. It was Maserati's first production car built in great numbers. During its eight year production lifespan, over 2225 examples of the Coupes and Spyders were produced.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2009
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