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1962 Maserati 3500 GTi

History

The Maserati 3500 GT was produced from 1957 through 1964 with over 2000 examples built. The vehicle was penned by Carrozzeria Touring gathering many styling cues from the 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 to the production design. The headlamps, radiator grille, and 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 mated 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. The top speed of the 3500 GT was achieved at 145 mph.

In 1960 Carrozziera Vignale introduced a 3500 spider that 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

1962 Vehicle Profiles

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Coupe
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]

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Touring

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]

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Spider
Coachwork: Vignale

Chassis Num: AM 101 1337
Engine Num: AM 101 1337

Total 3500 GT Worldwide production 1958 to 1964 was 2219. 1 of 390 built in 1962.....[continue reading]

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

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]

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Coupe
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]

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Spider
Coachwork: Vignale

Chassis Num: AM101.1365
Engine Num: AM101.1365

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]

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Moretti

Chassis Num: AM101.1858
Engine Num: 101.124

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]

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: AM101.2524
Engine Num: AM101.2524

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]

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

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]

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: AM101.2360
Engine Num: AM101.2360

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]

Coupe
 
Roadster by Touring
 
Spider by Vignale
Chassis #: AM 101 1337 
Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: 101.2428 
Coupe
 
Spider by Vignale
Chassis #: AM101.1365 
Coupe by Moretti
Chassis #: AM101.1858 
Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: AM101.2524 
Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: AM101.2102 
Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: AM101.2360 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$390-$11,400
1962 3500 GTi
$13,000-$16,700
1962 Maserati 3500 GTi Price Range: $11,400 - $13,000

3500 GT

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
98.40 in., 102.30 in.
6 cyl., 212.67 CID., 220.00hp
$11,400 - $12,300
98.40 in., 102.30 in.
6 cyl., 212.67 CID., 220.00hp
$11,410 - $12,310
98.40 in., 102.30 in.
6 cyl., 212.67 CID., 220.00hp
$11,400 - $12,300
102.30 in.
6 cyl., 212.67 CID., 220.00hp
$12,300 - $12,300
102.30 in.
6 cyl., 212.67 CID., 220.00hp
$11,400 - $12,300
98.40 in., 102.30 in.
6 cyl., 212.67 CID., 220.00hp
$11,400 - $12,300
100.00 in., 102.30 in., 102.40 in.
6 cyl., 212.67 CID., 235.00hp
$11,400 - $13,000
102.30 in.
6 cyl., 212.67 CID., 235.00hp
$12,005 - $13,005
102.30 in.
6 cyl., 212.67 CID., 235.00hp
$12,010 - $13,010

Industry Production

#1#2#3Maserati
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)

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