The Maserati 3500 GT, launched at the 1957 Geneva Salon, 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 by numerous exotic coachbuilders. It is a testament to the chassis design that continued to evolve through the 1960s and ultimately powered the Sebring and Mistral. In its 3500 GT form, the twin-plug, 3.5 litre inline-six could carry its passengers upwards of 140 mph, which was an impressive figure for the era.
The best possible components went into the 3500 GT, including a ZF all-synchro four-speed gearbox, a Salisbury axle, Alford and Adler front suspension, and Girling brakes. Mechanical developments were steady throughout production, with a five-speed ZF gearbox made optional in 1960 and then standardized the next year. Massive Alfin drum brakes were offered until 1959, when three key options were added, which were front disc brakes, centre-lock Borrani wire wheels, and a limited-slip differential.
The rarest factory iteration of the 3500 GT was the Spyder, which was bodied by Alfredo Vignale on a slightly shortened 100-inch wheelbase chassis. A total of just 242 3500 Spyders were built compared to nearly 2,000 in coupe form.
The car we are pleased to offer for sale left the factory on the 8th June, 1960 and was finished in Grigio Albany over a Marrone leather interior. In February 1988, the car was sold via Corley Motors, Warwickshire to a Swedish gentleman who transported it over and registered it near Stockholm a year later. The car would remain in Sweden until 2014 when it was imported back to the United Kingdom.
The car was sent to Joe Macari Classics soon after where it underwent a fully documented, no-expense spared restoration, taking the car to a Concours level of standard. During the 3-year restoration the car was fully repainted in its original Grigio colour and interior retrimmed in its original Marrone coloured leather.
The car wants for nothing and maintains an extensive history file with a large number of sundry invoices, as well as a Maserati Classiche certificate, confirming original specification and date of manufacture. There is also a large collection of photographs detailing the entire restoration process. Considered one of the best sports cars of the 1960s, this fully restored example is believed to be the finest example in the world and is ready to be enjoyed!