Maserati 3500 Gti Sebring Series 1 Coupe 1963
Coachwork by Vignale
Chassis no. AM101*01937*
Engine no. AM101*01937*
•Supplied new to Holland
•Restored by a Dutch Maserati dealership circa 2000
•Maintained with no expense spared
•Engine top-end rebuild in 2017
•Maserati Classiche certification
Introduced in 1962, the Sebring was one of the final manifestations of the landmark 3500GT, which had been the linchpin of Maserati's programme to establish itself as a manufacturer of road cars. The Modena marque's new era began in 1957 with the launch of the Touring-bodied 3500GT, its first road car built in significant numbers. A luxury 2+2, the 3500GT drew heavily on Maserati's competition experience, employing a tubular chassis frame and an engine derived from the 350S sports car unit of 1956. Suspension was independent at the front by wishbones and coil springs, while at the back there was a conventional live axle/semi-elliptic arrangement. The 3500GT's designer was none other than Giulio Alfieri, creator of the immortal Tipo 60/61 'Birdcage' sports-racer and the man responsible for developing the 250F into a World Championship winner. The twin-overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine was a close relative of that used in the 250F and developed around 220bhp initially, later examples producing 235bhp on Lucas mechanical fuel injection. Built initially with drum brakes and four-speed transmission, the 3500GT was progressively updated, gaining five speeds, front disc brakes and, finally, all-disc braking.
A car possessing such impeccable antecedents not unnaturally attracted the attention of Italy's finest carrozzeria: Allemano, Bertone and Frua all created bodies for the 3500GT chassis. Most coupés were the work of Touring while all but one (a Frua-bodied example) of the much less common Spyder version were the work of Carrozzeria Vignale. Built on the short-wheelbase chassis of the Spyder and likewise styled by Vignale, the Sebring 2+2 coupé arrived in 1962. By now a five-speed gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes, and fuel injection were standard equipment, with automatic transmission, air conditioning, and a limited-slip differential available as options. Introduced in 1965, the Sebring Series II came with a 3.7-litre, 245bhp engine while some cars left the factory with 4.0-litre units towards the end of production in 1966, by which time 591 Sebrings had been built, around 400 of which were in the first series.
According to a Maserati Classiche document on file, '01937' was completed on 13th September 1963 and delivered in October '63 to its first owner, Hans Andrej Maasland of Voorburg, Holland. However, other documents state that Mr Maasland was the Maserati dealer in Voorburg and that the first (private) owner was Mr Borgerhoff Mulder of Wassenaar. The Maserati Classiche documentation states that the car was equipped with fuel-injected engine and ZF five-speed manual gearbox and was originally finished in Blue Sera (dark blue) with red interior.
In 1987 the Maserati passed to the second owner, a Mr Stradmeier of Wassenaar, who kept it until 2011. Circa 2000, '01937' was extensively restored by the local Maserati dealership (see photographic record on file) and in 2011 passed to the third owner, a Mr Dubbeld of Leiden. The current (fourth) owner acquired the Sebring in 2016 and registered it in the UK on 1st August of that year. A keen car collector who has owned a Ferrari 330 GTC and various Maseratis in the past, the owner is only selling because he has two garage spaces and has recently acquired a third car.
While in the vendor's care the Sebring has wanted for nothing, as evidenced by numerous bills on file from renowned marque specialists McGrath Maserati. Works carried out recently include an engine top-end rebuild, and the car comes with invoices accumulated over the last four years totalling the equivalent of €56,911. It should be noted that the Sebring is fitted with a non-original steering wheel and triple Weber carburettors (original fuel injection system available).
Retaining its original interior and presented in generally excellent condition, this beautiful Italian thoroughbred is offered with an instruction manual, UK V5C Registration Certificate, three MoTs (most recent expires May 2019), and the aforementioned documentation, bills, and photographs.
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