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Lot 140

1961 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale

  • Chassis no. AM101 1129
  • Engine no. AM101 1129

€750.000 - €950.000

Without Reserve

To be auctioned on Saturday, May 27, 2017


Please note that this lot is sold on a Bill of Sale.

  • One of only 242 Vignale Spyders built
  • An original LHD, UK-delivery example
  • Fitted with the rare and desirable five-speed ZF gearbox
  • Former class winner at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
  • Accompanied by original tool roll, spare wheel, and hardtop
  • Includes Maserati Certificate of Origin


This stunning example of Vignale’s elegant open-top interpretation of the 3500 GT—which utilised a shortened coupé chassis, and dispensed with the Superleggera construction by Touring—was ordered new by a Mrs Teresa Mitarachi of London. Originally finished in the striking combination of white coachwork with a black leather interior, the car was fitted from new with the desirable five-speed ZF gearbox and optional Borrani wire wheels. Mrs Mitarachi was of Greek descent—indeed, her actual name is thought to have been Mitarakis —so, although destined for the UK market, the car was unusually ordered in left-hand-drive configuration, presumably in readiness for any likely Continental touring.

Mrs Mitarachi kept the spyder, chassis number 1129, until 1977, whereupon ownership passed to Frank Wilbur in the United States. Wilbur then sold the car to Frank Mandarano’s MIE Corporation in 1988; it then passed to noted Maserati collector Ivan Ruiz of Georgia later on that year. Ruiz acquired the car with the bodywork stripped back to bare metal, and an extensive five-year restoration was immediately embarked upon. On completion, the car was entered in several concours events, culminating in a memorable class win at the prestigious Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

In 2009, the car was sold again, and further restoration work was carried out by respected Maserati specialists Ital-Auto of Stuttgart. An estimated 500–600 hours was expensed on the repaint alone, and at the same time, the engine was rebuilt and the interior immaculately re-trimmed in black leather, to original specifications.

One of only 242 Vignale Spyders constructed (compared to 1,984 coupés), significantly, chassis number 1129 retains its original matching-numbers engine. It is accompanied by its original tool roll, factory documentation, Maserati S.p.A. Certificate of Origin, detailed restoration records, and an original and extremely rare factory hardtop. Eminently usable, impossibly stylish, and nicely presented, it is equally qualified for open road or concours d’elegance alike.





• Uno dei soli 242 esemplari di Vignale Spyder costruiti
• Versione guida a sinistra, originariamente consegnata nel Regno Unito
• Datata del raro e desiderabile cambio ZF a cinque marce
• Vincitrice di classe al Concorso di Eleganza di Amelia Island
• Completa del kit attrezzi, ruota di scorta e hardtop originali
• Accompaganta dal Certificato di Origine Maserati

Questo splendido esemplare di elegante interpretazione aperta di Vignale di 3500 GT-che ha utilizzato un telaio coupé accorciato e non allestito con costruzione Superleggera di Touring-è stato ordinato nuova dalla Signora Teresa Mitarachi di Londra. Originariamente verniciato nella decisa combinazione cromatica di bianco su interni in pelle nera, la vettura è stata equipaggiata fin da nuova con il desiderabile cambio a cinque velocità della ZF e con le ruote a raggi Borrani, entrambi disponibilia richiesta. La Signora Mitarachi era di origine greche, tanto che si crede che il suo vero nome fosse Mitarakis, così, anche se destinata al mercato del Regno Unito, la vettura è stata insolitamente ordinata in configurazione con guida a sinsitra, presumibilmente pronta per un possibile tour sul continente.

La Spider, numero di telaio 1129, è rimasta di proprietà della Signora Mitarachi fino al 1977, quando è stata venduta all’Americano Frank Wilbur. Wilbur ha poi venduto l'auto alla MIE Corporation di Frank Mandarano nel 1988 che, sempre lo stesso anno, l’ha ceduta al famoso collezionista Maserati della Georgia Ivan Ruiz. Quando Ruiz ha acquistato la vettura, con la carrozzeria gia sverniciata e riportata a lamiera, ha immediatamente intrapreso un restauro durato cinque anni. Al termine dei lavori la macchina è stata iscritta a diversi concorsi, ed ha ottenuto una memorabile vittoria di classe nel prestigioso Concorso di Eleganza di Amelia Island.

Nel 2009, la vettura è stata venduta ancora una volta e, ulteriori lavori di restauro sono stati effettuati dai rispettati specialisti Maserati della Ital-Auto di Stoccarda. Si stima che circa 500-600 ore siano state necessarie per la sola riverniciatura mentre, nello stesso momento, il motore è stato ricostruito e l'interno perfettamente rivestito in pelle nera secondo le specifiche originali.

Uno dei soli 242 Vignale Spyder costruiti (rispetto ai 1.984 esemplari coupé), è importante notare che il numero di telaio 1129 conserva ancora il suo motore originale con tutti i dovuti numeri corrispondenti. La macchina è accompagnata dal kit attrezzi originale, dalla documentazione di fabbrica, dal certificato di origine rilasciato dalla Maserati S.p.A., dai documenti dettagliati del restauro e dal rarissimo hardtop originale. Facilmente utilizzabile, incredibilmente elegante e ben presentata, la Vignale Spyder è altrettanto qualificata per essere usata su strada aperta o portata ai concorso di eleganza.

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