Maserati 3500 GT
The Maserati 3500 GT was produced from
1957 through 1964 with over 2000 examples being produced. The
vehicle was penned by Carrozzeria Touring gathering many styling
cues from the legendary Maserati A6G54 coupe. The 3500 GT is seen as
a saviour for the Maserati Company. Prior to its production, the
company produced less than 140 cars in a ten year time span. Racing
and competition nearly exhausted the funds; the company needed help.
Becoming a mass-produced company and the widely accepted 3500 GT
saved the company and allowed for Maserati to continue its racing
efforts with the design and development of the famous birdcage
In March of 1957, the 3500 GT was shown to the public at the Geneva
Motor Show. Two prototypes were shown; one was designed by Touring
and the other by Allemano. The Touring design was a 2+2 coupe, which
was later selected by Omer Orsi selected for production. There were
minor modifications of the production design. The headlamps,
radiator grille, and the dashboard were slightly modified but
remained mostly unchanged.
Over the Maserati 3500 GT's production lifespan, many improvements
were made. In 1960, front disc brakes became standard; also this
year the four-speed manual gear was replaced by a ZF five-speed
transmission. In 1961, disc brakes became standard on all four
corners. In 1962 the engine was matted to a Lucas Fuel Injection
system which increased horsepower by 15.
Under the hood was a 3.5 liter DOHC inline-six cylinder power-plant
equipped with three side-draft two-barrel carburetors achieving 240
horsepower. The engine was an evolution of the Tipo 250F Formula 1
car. Top speed with the 3500 GT was achieved at 145 mph.
In 1960 Carrozziera Vignale introduced a 3500 spider which sat atop
a shortened chassis. Other coachbuilders such as Allemano, Frua,
Moretti, Bertone, and Boneschi produced bodies for the 3500 chassis.
The car was impressive both visually and mechanically. It was
Maserati's first production car built in great numbers. During its
eight year production lifespan, over 2225 examples of the Coupes and
Spyders were produced.