New 1960 Maserati 3500 GT
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Classic Car Overview
1960 Maserati 3500 GT. One of approximately 250 Vignale-bodied convertibles produced between 1959 and 1963, and was delivered new through Mercedes-Benz Distributors Western Ltd. in Vancouver, British Columbia. It retains its factory color combination of red over black leather, and power is from a numbers-matching 3.5-liter DOHC inline-six that was rebuilt during a mechanical refurbishment in the mid-2000s. Additional equipment includes triple Weber carburetors that were overhauled in 2021, a ZF manual transmission, a limited-slip differential, front disc brakes, and 16” Borrani wheels. This Tipo 101/C comes with copies of its factory order, build, and shipping sheets as well as a Maserati Technical and Aesthetic Characteristics certificate, service records from 2003 to 2021, and a clean California title.
The black soft top matches the color noted on the order sheet, and stows beneath a matching boot when lowered. Stamped steel wheels wear chrome hubcaps and 185SR16 Michelin X tires that were mounted in 2021. Front disc brakes became standard for the 3500 GT in 1960, while finned aluminum drums handle braking at the rear. New rear wheel cylinders were installed in 2014, and service in 2015 included installation of a replacement Girling brake servo as well as rebuilds of the front calipers. The brake fluid was flushed in 2021.
The cockpit features 2+2 seating trimmed in black Connolly leather, with matching upholstery covering the door panels, center tunnel, and upper portion of the painted dash. Black carpeting covers the footwells and sills. Power windows were standard equipment.
A wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel frames Jaeger instrumentation including a 160-mph speedometer, a tachometer, and gauges monitoring coolant temperature, fuel level, and oil pressure. Approximately 32k miles are shown on the five-digit odometer.
A mechanical refurbishment carried out between 2003 and 2006 by Epifani Restorations in Berkeley, California, included machining the block and heads, grinding the crank and camshafts, and replacement of the pistons, rings, bearings, valves, timing gear, and other hardware. The radiator was also recored and the fuel tank repaired during the 2000s work.
The engine matches the chassis identification plate and build sheet. Induction is from triple twin-choke Weber 42 DCOE carburetors that were rebuilt in 2021. The Marelli dual ignition system was also adjusted and an oil change, coolant flush, and battery replacement carried out at that time. Results of a 2021 compression test showing results between 145 and 155 for each cylinder. Photos available. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a ZF S4-17 four-speed manual transmission, and a limited-slip differential was standard equipment for the model year. The suspension system consists of double wishbones and coil springs up front along with a leaf-sprung solid rear axle, with tubular shock absorbers and anti-roll bars featured at both ends. Work in 2021 included fluid changes for the gearbox and rear end, replacement of the front shocks, and adjustment of the steering box.
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- Classic Car ID101548671
- Stock NumberN/A
- CategoryImport Classics
- Body StyleConvertible
- Engine6 Cylinder
- DoorsTwo Door
- Drivetrain2 wheel drive - rear
- Transmission4 Speed Manual
- Exterior ColorRed
- Interior ColorBlack
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