2022 | Geared Online Scottsdale Edition
1964 Maserati Sebring Series I
Coachwork by Vignale
$175,000 - $225,000
Rare Series I Sebring; One of Approximately 350 Examples Built
Elegant Vignale Coachwork Designed by Famed Stylist Giovanni Michelotti
Classic Maserati Twin-Cam Inline Six with Lucas Mechanical Fuel Injection
Delivered New in the Handsome Color Scheme of Bleu Sera over Natural Leather
Maintained by Italian Car Specialist Euro-Tec Motors
The Sebring could well be called “Michelotti’s Masterpiece” for the manner in which Giovanni Michelotti successfully married a stylish new design to Maserati’s proven 3500 GTi chassis. The Sebring’s high beltline and slender C-pillars are synonymous with bespoke Vignale coachwork, and the design endures as one of the most beautiful gran turismos of the era. Maserati produced approximately 350 Series I Sebrings, making it one of the most exclusive Maserati road cars built during the 1960s.
According to the research of marque historian Dott. Adolfo Orsi, this Sebring was likely produced in July 1963 and delivered new to a successful Milan-based industrialist. In December 1963, this VIP customer returned his lightly used Sebring to Maserati’s factory service department and traded it for a brand-new example, which had just left the production line. It is believed that the two Sebrings exchanged identities at this time, as was sometimes done for loyal customers, and the car presented here was renumbered as AM101.01995, an identity that it has retained since.
A copy of Maserati’s internal delivery records supplied by Dott. Orsi indicates that this car was originally finished in Bleu Sera (Evening Blue) over natural leather upholstery and supplied to its second owner, Alfredo Mariucci of Rome, in January 1964. This document also carries the notation “vettura usata della Casa per dimonstrazioni,” confirming that it had been used by Maserati for demonstration purposes. Maserati factory records further confirm that Sig. Mariucci retained this Sebring through at least 1966.
Sometime later, the Sebring was exported to the US, where a prior owner had it refinished in the current red over black color scheme. In 2011, a private East Coast collector acquired the Maserati and entrusted it to Italian car specialist Euro-Tec Motors of Livingston, New Jersey for servicing throughout his ownership prior to selling the car to the consignor. Receipts for this mechanical work, carried out between 2012 and 2021, are contained in the car’s file.
Today, the Sebring presents in well-maintained, driver-quality condition, making it an ideal candidate for rallies or local shows. The Maserati is stamped with Vignale body no. 191 and is currently fitted with a proper fuel-injected 3.5-liter engine carrying internal no. 2139. According to Dott. Orsi, this engine was originally fitted to another Sebring and then returned to the factory, where it was retained as a spare. The sale includes copies of Maserati factory records, a jack, reproduction owner’s manual and parts catalog, as well as assorted spares.
An expensive and exotic continent-crosser when new, the Maserati Sebring represents tremendous value when compared to its period competitors. With its elegant Vignale coachwork and lovely Maserati straight-six derived from the legendary 250F, it is not difficult to imagine oneself in the place of Sir Stirling Moss or Juan Manuel Fangio.