Two decades after the war, European societies were becoming more prosperous. And by now, it became acceptable again to spend money on beautiful objects, for example, extravagant cars.
These parameters set the framework for Italian coachbuilders to give the world the most beautiful, extravagant handcrafted pieces of art, when elsewhere, exclusive motor cars like Jaguar or Porsche became highly engineered and larger-scale industrial products.
When considering a Maserati GT in the early ‘60s, you could choose between three models: Maserati 3500GT(i), Maserati Sebring and Maserati Mistral.
All technically very similar, but with a dramatically different appearance.
The most important and well known Italian coachbuilders were responsible for their coachwork: Carozzeria Touring (3500GT/ GTi), Carozzeria Vignale (Sebring) and Carozzeria Frua (Mistral).
Introduced in 1962, the Maserati Sebring is an elegant expression of mid-20th century Italian design.
It is clearly a luxurious grand touring car with its comfortable and well-appointed 2+2 interior.
Underlying the body was an all-new tubular steel frame, which also supported the independent dual wishbone front suspension, semi-elliptical rear leaf springs and four-wheel disc brakes.
The 3500GT’s designer was Giulio Alfieri, creator of the immortal Tipo 60/61 ‘Birdcage’ sports-racer and the man responsible for developing the 250F into a World Championship winner.
More than just a handsome face, the Maserati Sebring has a direct connection with such historic names as Sterling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, and of course, the famed Florida race track.
The title “Sebring” is referred in tribute to the circuit in Florida where Maserati 450S racing cars scored a major victory.
In the 1950’s, not even Ferrari could touch the workmanship and performance of Maserati. And their GP cars were simply among the best, as Fangio ended his last four career championships with the triumphant Maserati 250F.
On the back of Fangio’s incredible wins, Maserati began leveraging their track successes on road cars, the first being the Maserati 3500 GT, which later became this car, the Maserati Sebring.
The Series I cars are highly prized by collectors for their purity of design.
It is thought that a total of approximately 448 Sebrings were produced, with 348 Series I cars being finished before 1966.
It is interesting to note that with a price tag of £5,116 (tax paid in the UK) the Maserati was some 22% more expensive than the Aston Martin DB5 launched later that same year.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
This desirable Series I Maserati Sebring is not a standard / normal Maserati 3500 GT.
The car is a very well documented example in a wonderful condition.
According to information supplied by Archivio Storico Maserati, the car finished production on 27th May 1963 and newly sold to a customer in the Paris region.
The original color was Amaranto Roma paired with a Black interior.
The car was equipped with the optional and expensive Borrani wire wheels.
This Maserati Sebring had also been fitted with Lucas fuel injection and a ZF five-speed gearbox from new.
This Maserati spent considerable time in the United States.
The car was titled in Arizona the 16th of November 2005 and in the State of New Jersey the 26th of December 2012.
The car remained in North America until being sold to a German enthusiast from Düsseldorf, in May 2015, where it was road registered the same year.
In 2018 the German owner decided to undertake a comprehensive restoration, as evidenced by numerous bills on file from the renowned Maserati specialists Leo B. Peschl in Cologne, Germany.
We know Mr. Peschl personally very well and we have visited his extremely impressive company several times and can only conclude that he is 1 of the main Maserati specialists.
The car has benefitted from nearly €100.000,- in technical restoration work from 2018 to 2020, which included an engine rebuild, a rebuild and calibration of the fuel injection system, a rebuild of the starter and water pump, a rebuild of the clutch and pressure plate, as well as brake work.
Impressive restoration pictures are available on file.
A set of Vredestein Classic tires were also mounted on the beautiful Chrome Ruote Borrani wheels in this timeframe.
Having been restored at one of the best Maserati restoration companies in Germany this car is in an excellent condition.
The bodyparts of the Maserati are very thin as they have to be and the fittings of the doors, bonnet and boot are excellent.
The paint has a beautiful deep shine
The appearance of the car is beautiful and from a distance one can clearly see that this is a very good example.
The grille is in excellent order even as the lamps and the surrounding of the air intake on the bonnet.
The air outlets on the front side screens of the car show that this is a series I car and because of the beautiful styling detail, the series I is the most desirable series.
The Chrome “Ruote Borrani” wheels have a sublime appearance and are in a beautiful condition.
The leather on the seats as well as on the tunnel is in as new condition.
During the restoration the interior has been restored keeping it’s originality in mind.
The carpets are also as new.
All meters are restored and they are in perfectly working order and the design is fabulous.
All key items in the interior such as gauges, knobs, emblems window handles, steering wheel etc. are in a beautiful restored condition.
When you’re sitting behind the steering wheel of a Maserati Sebring, you see an instrument panel representing a piece of art: chrome framed instruments arranged in a painted panel, a large beautiful steering wheel with chrome inserts.
The overall impression of the interior is elegance, nobility, space, plush.
We’ve been in and out of this car and it looks fabulous, delightful to drive, this car is a wonderful alternative to a Ferrari 250 Series car.
We are sincerely impressed by these cars’ aura, their elegant lines, and the craftsmanship behind the coachwork and the manufacturing of these cars.
Every Maserati of this period is a piece of art, tailor-made, unique and specific.
The driving experience of the Maserati reflects the fabulous looks of the car.
Getting into the Maserati Sebring is easy.
The doors are wide, the seats are spacious and very comfortable, there is almost unlimited legroom.
There is one specific sensation you will enjoy regardless of the body design: its marvellous Maserati 6-cylinder twin-cam engine.
Power delivery is very smooth. The Maserati engine is the heart and soul of these cars.
The steering is very direct and the car corners beautifully, and due to its shorter wheelbase, you may adopt a more sporty driving style.
The seat cushions are comfortable and spacious, without much side support.
In summary, this Italian classic is a marvel to drive and an intense pleasure to own.