<b>1963 Maserati Sebring 3500GTi Series 1</b><br />Chassis no. AM101.01841
Lot 140
1963 Maserati Sebring 3500GTi Series 1
Coachwork by Vignale
US$ 225,000 - 275,000
£ 170,000 - 200,000

Lot Details
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1963 Maserati Sebring 3500GTi Series 1
Coachwork by Vignale

Chassis no. AM101.01841

3,485 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Lucas Mechanical Fuel Injection
235bhp at 5,500rpm
5-Speed Manual ZF Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*One of Only 348 Series I Sebrings produced
*Fully rebuilt numbers matching engine and injection system
*Desirable ZF 5-Speed Manual Gearbox
*Exceptional Candidate for Tours and Classic Rallies
*Giovanni Michelotti-Designed Coachwork by Vignale


THE MASERATI SEBRING

Introduced in 1962, the Sebring was one of the final manifestations of the landmark 3500GT, which had been the linchpin of Maserati's program to establish itself as a manufacturer of road cars. 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 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 3500 GT was progressively updated, gaining five speeds, front disc brakes and, finally, all-disc braking.

Built on the short-wheelbase chassis of the Spider and likewise styled by Vignale, the Sebring Coupe arrived in 1962. By now a five-speed ZF gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes and fuel injection were standard equipment, with automatic transmission, air conditioning and a limited-slip differential available as options. With a hefty price tag, the new Maserati was some 22% more expensive than the contemporary Aston Martin DB5, its closest rival. Production ended in 1966, by which time 591 Sebrings had been built, 348 of which were in the more desirable first series.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

One of the most elegant and understated Grand Touring cars of the 1960s, the Maserati Sebring offered here is the much sought after Series 1 model fitted with the ultra-desirable five-speed ZF gearbox. According to the cars original factory order documents, it was delivered to Cornacchia Automobili of Milano, Italy, on September 4th, 1963 before its first owner, Mrs. Elena Gelmi Cattaneo took possession. Eventually making it way to the U.S., the car is believed to have been owned and cared for by an enthusiast for much of its life before being purchased by the consignor. Upon purchasing the car, the consignor discovered that aside from a repaint in the incorrect color, the seldom seen Series 1 was in superbly original condition. The odometer reading of just 70,000 kilometers was believed to be the actual mileage the car had traveled.

The decision was made to bring the car back to its original specification and glory. All of the glass was removed from the vehicle before it was brought down to bare metal and refinished in a concourse quality respray in the original and fitting, glossy shade of red. While the car was disassembled for the paintwork, the brightwork was re-chromed and the original engine was sent off to be fully rebuilt, including the rare Lucas Mechanical Fuel Injection system. Over the years many Sebring owners have opted for the cheaper route of replacing the fuel injection system with an incorrect carburation setup, making an example complete with its original injection setup a rare sight. Receipts for the mechanical rebuild are on file, with the fuel injection overhaul alone costing over $12,000. The engine itself is missing the more commonly seen engine number on the block, but it does possess its engine internal number, which has been verified by Maserati Classiche department as the numbers matching engine with which the car was born. Evidence of this can be found on the original build records. The interior of the car was in outstanding condition so the decision was made to keep it largely original with the exception of recovering the front seats.

Accompanying the sale are a full host of documents including a copy of the original delivery note, technical and aesthetic characteristic document, the build records, and the certificate or origin. Thanks to the love and care that the consignor has given to this amazing Series 1 Sebring, today it offers an endless number of possibilities for its next owner. With its incredible presentation, the car is sure to draw a crowd at any show and with its fully rebuilt original engine and Lucas Mechanical Injection system, the grand tourer would be an absolute blast to enjoy any number of driving events.

Footnotes

  • Please note, this vehicle is titled under chassis number 01841
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