1963 Maserati 3500 GTi

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1963 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 101.2156
Engine Num: 101.2156

Maserati produced the 3500 from 1957-1964 and made approximately 2,223 examples. With this model, Maserati was now able to compete with Ferrari.....[continue reading]

1963 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Convertible
Coachwork: Vignale

Chassis Num: AM1011457

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 champions....[continue reading]

1963 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Convertible
Coachwork: Vignale

Chassis Num: AM.101.1453

During the mid-1950s, Maserati had focused much of their attention on producing racing cars. From those came highly developed sports-racing and grand prix automobiles that were based on racing car chassis and drivelines. They were expensive, rare, ....[continue reading]

1963 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 101-2640
Engine Num: 101-2640

The Maserati 3500 GT was introduced at the Geneva auto show in 1957 and produced through 1964. In total, over 2,200 examples of the 2+2 pillarless coupe were built. The 3500 GT's alloy body was styled by Carrozzeria Touring and utilized the firm's Su....[continue reading]

1963 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: AM1011580

Maserati displayed the 3500 GT at the Geneva Auto Salon in March and production resumed a short time later in late 1957. The Maserati 3500 GT was constructed in the superleggera style by Touring of Milan. Approximately 2,225 examples of the 3500 GT w....[continue reading]

1963 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: AM101 2590
Engine Num: 1531

This fuel-injected 3500 GTi was built by Maserati on December 10th of 1962 and left the factory finished in Grigio Montebello over a blue leather interior. It was delivered new to Rome, later imported to the United States, and eventually acquired by ....[continue reading]

1963 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

The 3500 was designed to move the Maserati company in a new direction. Development of a new road car started in 1956 using a 350S Maserati racing engine modified for touring use with an output rated at 215 hp. In March 1957, two 3500 prototypes were ....[continue reading]

1963 Maserati 3500 GTi vehicle information

Convertible
Coachwork: Vignale

Prior to the introduction of the 3500GT at the 1957 Geneva Auto Show, the Italian automaker was a boutique car manufacturer building racing cars to compete in grand prix and sports cars competitions. Road cars were, in essence, nothing more than thin....[continue reading]

Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: 101.2156 
Convertible by Vignale
Chassis #: AM1011457 
Convertible by Vignale
Chassis #: AM.101.1453 
Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: 101-2640 
Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: AM1011580 
Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: AM101 2590 
Coupe by Touring
 
Convertible by Vignale
 

History

The 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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