12-14 August 2010
1962 Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spider
Sold for $231,000
- Power windows, four-wheel disc brakes, Weber carburetion and five-speed gearbox
- Most desirable specification
- Well documented and sorted
Factory records indicate that chassis 1337 was produced on October 20, 1961. With power windows, four-wheel disc brakes, a five-speed gearbox and Weber carburetion, this is the configuration most desired by collectors today. This car benefits from the loving care and consistent maintenance of an owner who purchased the car in 1981 and retained it until 2008. In his nearly thirty years of ownership, he never hesitated to address any need or problem that arose, and he kept the car in mechanically fit condition at all times. It is presented here in a very fitting shade of red that is complemented by tan leather seats, a tan cloth top and a beautiful set of 16-inch Borrani chrome wire wheels. The paint, interior top and brightwork are in very presentable condition.
The owner kept excellent records, and a large file of receipts for mechanical work from 1981 to 2008 is included in the sale. Most notably is a receipt from January 3, 2000 when, with 52,626 kms showing on the odometer, the Maserati was delivered to Deutschland Automotive of Tucker, Georgia for an engine rebuild. The engine was removed from the car and disassembled. After a close inspection, it was determined that all lower end internals were in fine condition, but the top end (valves, camshafts, timing chain, etc.) received a full going through. Less than 2000 kms and eight years later (showing 54,588 kms), the car received a new clutch. In June of this year, this writer had the pleasure of driving this Maserati in the muggy 100-degree heat of Houston. Although the driver nearly overheated, the engine temperature remained exactly where it should. The steering was tight, the gearbox crisp and all mechanical systems were working as they should.
With low production numbers, exceptional build quality and potent engines, the 3500GT Spiders are wonderful cars to own and represent exceptional value in the market today. This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire a rare coachbuilt open Italian car from an esteemed manufacturer for less than ten percent of the price of a Ferrari 250GT California Spider.
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