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Coachwork by Touring
Enrico Bernabei, Milan, Italy (acquired new in May 1960)Sig. Litrico, San Giorgio su Legnano, Italy (acquired from the above in 1979)John Ratto, San Francisco, California (acquired from the above in 1979)Stan Baker, Seattle, Washington (acquired from the above in 1985)Diane Murray, Seattle, Washington (acquired from the above in 2003)Joe Capasso, South Glastonbury, Connecticut (acquired from the above in August 2011)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Maserati Club International, 1981 (Best in Show)Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance, Forest Grove, Oregon, July 1988 (Second in Class)Seattle Italian Concours d’Elegance, Seattle, Washington, 1988 (First in Class)Concorso Italiano, Monterey, California, September 2006 (Second in Class)Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance, Forest Grove, Oregon, July 2007 (First in Class)Seattle Italian Concours d’Elegance, Seattle, Washington, September 2008 (Second in Class)
The Maserati 3500 represented a significant departure for the Modena-based firm, since it was its first attempt at a series production GT car. More than 2,000 were produced, inspired by the vision of company owner Adolfo Orsi and designer/engineer Giulio Alfieri, who was also involved in the design of the seminal 250F Grand Prix machine. Like the 250F, the 3500 was an inline six with dual overhead camshafts and twin plug ignition. It produced 217 bhp and rested in a tubular chassis designed for a two-door body.
On February 29, 1960, a pair of Italian brothers ordered matching Touring-bodied 3500 GTs. Both cars were Bianco Polo Park (white), one with a red interior and the car offered here (no. 101.930) with a black interior. One was delivered to former racing driver and Mille Miglia competitor Inico Bernabei in Rome, while this car was delivered to Enrico Bernabei, in San Donato Milanese, a Milan suburb, on May 24, 1960. In the best Grand Touring tradition, they used their Maseratis to visit each other’s families on weekends.
In 1979, a San Francisco collector found the pair of 3500 GTs at a boutique Milanese classic car dealer. He settled on the car with the black interior, equipped with the preferred combination of disc brakes and carburetors. Back home in California, he commissioned a thorough restoration, which included repainting the car, some mechanical freshening, some chrome replating, and carpeting replacements. Illustrating the car’s state of preservation, the original leather interior did not need replacement.
The Maserati’s next owner was Stan Baker, a well-known car collector and gunsmith. The 3500 GT became part of his collection, which included a Ferrari 250 Europa, a Ferrari 410 Superamerica, and a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. In 1988, when Maserati was the featured marque at the Monterey Historics, Mr. Baker, his son, and his two grandchildren drove from Seattle to California, where the siblings watched their father race his Lotus 11. After Mr. Baker’s passing, the majority of his collection was sold, but the 3500 GT was retained by Mr. Baker’s granddaughter, who held fond memories of it, especially the trip to Laguna Seca.
Excellent provenance and a consistently strong performance at concours, including a Best of Show when competing against 100 other Maseratis in 1981, speak to the originality, quality, and sheer appeal of this example. Today, this 3500 GT not only presents well but also still has its original black leather upholstery and matching-numbers engine, as documented by the Maserati Classiche department. Supplied with an original tool kit, Maserati handbook, and an Italian-language 3500 GT parts book, this represents a rare opportunity to acquire a remarkably original and well-documented example of an important classic Maserati.