The Maserati 3500GT Touring that we featured last month has been relisted, advertised at the same price we previously saw.
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The below post originally appeared on our site May 4, 2013:
Some of the most gorgeous cars in history have come from the cars which bear the Trident badge. I doubt anyone would argue with that statement upon laying eyes on this beauty, the Maserati 3500GT. With its 3.5 liter twin cam straight six engine derived from the 350S racing car coachwork by Touring, this car popularized the marque, selling over 2,200 between 1957 and 1964. Popular with celebrities, this car had performance that few of its contemporaries could match.
Model: 3500GT Touring
Engine: 3.5 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 72,913(?) miles
Price: $279,000 Buy It Now
According to Maserati historian Adolfo Orsi, chassia 101.2428 was assembled in late 1962, and exhibits features from both the early and late series. Specifically, this car appears to have been built with the earlier side window frames without the second vent window at the rear of the door, and the earlier, single-piece taillights. Maserati's official historical archivists, George Mauro and Fabio Collina recently confirmed that chassis 101.24289 was retained by Maserati and not released privately until 1964. What she did at the Maserati factory during this time frame remains unknown but she may have been a test and loaner car for perspective clients and visiting VIPs. Upon being deemed surplus to the needs of Maserati, she was sold to a client in Belgium and delivered with her exterior painted "Grigio Metallizzato" (Max Meyer code 16.677) and was fitted with an interior in white "Neutral" leather (Connoly code PAC.1544) which she still retains to this day.
Chassis 2428 possesses a very desirable combination of features, with the five-speed gearbox of the later production 3500GTs with the classic Weber carburetors and Borrani wire wheels typical found on the early cars. This particular 3500GT was purchased in 1988 by a knowledgeable and experienced collector of Italian cars who is well known for the spectacular level of quality and detail in his restoration projects. He commissioned Joe Piscazzi of Akron, Ohio, to oversee the complete restoration of the Maserati and gave him the budget required to guarantee the finest work possible. Vanguard Automotive Enterprises, Inc. Of Medicine, Ohio, was responsible for rebuilding the DOHC inline six-cylinder engine. Mastercraft Metal Finishing of Seattle, Washington, provided chrome and metal finishing services, and the interior of the Maserati was crafted by artisan John Bowser. Photo documentation and receipts of the two-year restoration accompany this car today along with a tool and jack kit.
It is not surprising that the concours history of this stunning 3500 GT is truly impressive. Some of the laurels it has earned include: Best in Class, the Count Lurani Award and Best of Show at Le Belle Macchine d'Italia; Outstanding Maserati at the Concours of Italian Style at Meadow Brook; AACA Junior and Senior First Prizes; as well as National Award Candidate at Hershey. Not least of its accomplishments was a Second in Class prize at the 1994 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Today, two decades after its restoration, this Maserati 3500 GT presents itself confidently. Expertly and fastidiously maintained, the deep blue paint and chrome and alloy brightwork accents appear unmarked, while the straight body panels show tight, even gaps. The dramatic white leather interior appears to have minimal traces of use and the engine compartment shows as restored, with correct finishes and fittings.
As a marvelous finishing touch, further study of the engine compartment reveals the distinctive signature of Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni who led his family's company, Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, from 1949-1966. Sig. Anderloni autographed this car when giving it special recognition with the Dolce Vita Award at Concorso Italiano in Carmel, California, in 1994. In November of this year, chassis 2428 was given a comprehensive mechanical rebuild and full round of services that included having her engine and gearbox out for full overhaul. All services and maintenance are now current and up to date.
Superbly styled, well-built and very entertaining to drive, the best 3500 GTs are now being actively sought by savvy enthusiasts. The fact that they are historically significant as well just adds the final nudge to spur an erudite collector to action. This particular 3500 GT is undoubtedly an exemplar of the breed, and would be difficult to duplicate.
At almost $300,000, this is very strong money for a 3500GT. Usually the best examples will bring between $175,000 and $200,000. I'd suspect the seller will have a hard time moving the metal at this price, although it might bring over $200,000 to the right buyer. This is where it all began for Maserati and for a company that has gone through triumphs and tragedies, not a more gorgeous piece of metal could represent genesis.