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Coachwork by Vignale
Developed from Maserati’s 3500 GT road car, which translated the company’s racing prowess to the road and revived the company’s fortunes, the handsome and fast Sebring was named in celebration of Maserati’s victory at the grueling 12-hour race held there in 1957. While a number of the era’s top Italian coachbuilders provided stylish bodies for the 3500 GT, the Sebring was most successfully clothed in the beautiful 2+2 bodywork by Vignale from a Giovanni Michelotti design. Based upon a shortened 3500 GT chassis and powered by Maserati’s lusty 3,500 cc inline six-cylinder engine, the new Sebring debuted at the 1962 Paris and 1963 Turin shows. Initially delivering 220 hp but quickly upgraded to 235 hp for 1963, the Maserati “six” grew to 3.7 liters from late 1964. Capable of approaching 140 mph and renowned for outstanding driving dynamics, the Sebring was built along two distinct series to 1969, with just 438 of these swift and elegant automobiles produced in total.
Numbered 02045, this wonderful Sebring is a late-production Series I example, verified as such by the Maserati Classiche documents accompanying its sale. Ordered on January 29, 1964, by Fausto Bardesono of Torino, 02045 was delivered soon after on February 5th through dealer S.A.I.E. Torino in Grigio (Gray) over Pelle Rosso (red leather) upholstery. Subsequent known owners include noted collectors John Weinberger and John Boccardo. The Sebring was professionally restored in 1989 for Weinberger by Custom Cars Unlimited in Berwin, Illinois, and was subsequently freshened for Boccardo from 2003 to 2005.
The consignor reports that 02045 continues to benefit from its very nicely mellowed professional restoration with excellent ft and finish clearly in evidence throughout, highlighted by glossy red paintwork over supple black leather upholstery and matching carpets. Period Michelin “X” radial tires are mounted on bright Borrani wire wheels. Underhood, the 3,500 cc inline six-cylinder engine accompanies a period triple Weber 40 DCOE carburetor conversion, along with original identification plaques and stampings. The luggage compartment contains an original spare wheel still with its Pirelli Cinturato tire, along with a jack and tool roll. Excellent documentation includes a Maserati S.p.A. Certificate of Origin, Historical Information Sheet, Technical and Aesthetic Characteristics letter, and copies of the Delivery note and Internal Factory Order. An extensive service and restoration history dossier is also included.
Endowed with an outstanding presence, this Maserati Sebring delivers an elegant yet sporting look even while standing still. The consignor reports that 02045 is a joy to drive with excellent handling and power and very rewarding overall feel, rendering it a comfortable and sporty grand tourer, well suited to any classic rally or spirited drive.