Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
The 3500 GTi was introduced at the 1960 Salon International de L'Auto, and by the following year became the first fuel-injected Italian production car. The body had a lowered roofline and became somewhat longer; minor outward changes appeared as well (new grille, rear lights, vent windows).
The GTI was equipped with the motor derived from the Maserati 3500S - DOHC, straight-six, 12- valve, 86mm x100mm bore and stroke giving a displacement of 3,485cc. The aluminium block, cast iron cylinder liners, aluminium cylinder head, cast iron valve seats and hemispherical combustion chambers was equipped with a mechanical Marelli dual ignition, dual fuel pump. It developed 232 bhp at 5,500 rpm with Lucas mechanical fuel injection, fed to the rear wheels via a ZF S5-17 5-speed gearbox using an hydraulically actuated Borg and Beck single-plate dry clutch.
Subject of a 3-year exhaustive 3,000-hour restoration by marque specialist between 2013 and 2016, with light use since, this wonderful example was built in December 1961 and is confirmed matching numbers by the factory with a Certificate of Origin.
Sold new to California and imported as a restoration project by Coldplay's Guy Berryman in 2013, the previous owner purchased the motor car from him as a project car and sent direct to DTR Sports Cars with the instruction to commence a full restoration.
Stripped to metal, bead blasted and all steel panels, including double skinned floors, inner and outer sill sections, boot floors etc all remade to original patterns. All aluminium remade as required with full photographic record of the work.
The engine was stripped and rebuilt, line bored and fully balanced with new bearings on a polished crank, new JE pistons, all new valves, springs, guides and unleaded seats fitted. All ancillaries rebuilt with uprated dynamo and starter, new custom wiring loom. New Michelin tyres fitted to the refurbished original Borranis with restored hubcaps.
Retrimmed interior with approximately seven hides of Tobacco leather, leather bound wool carpets, new handmade headlining. All gauges overhauled with all new cabling, all brightwork re chromed and new bumpers made in stainless steel (as original). Restored steering wheel, restored dashboard, all glass all machine polished, all new rubbers. New custom-made stainless-steel exhaust system.
Total cost of the restoration was in excess of £180,000 excluding the cost of the original project car.
This opportunity could not be repeated for the asking price which is available upon request and incudes a fully fitted Maserati custom car cover and full 3500 tool.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details or to arrange to view.
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