Featured Auction - 1965 Maserati Sebring II

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Estimate(US$): 275,000 - 325,000.

3,485 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine

Lucas Mechanical Fuel Injection

235bhp at 5,500rpm

5-Speed Manual ZF Transmission

Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle

4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*One of Only 247 Series II Sebrings produced

*Original Factory combination of Azzuro Vincennes with a Senape interior

*Desirable ZF 5-Speed Manual Gearbox

*Giovanni Michelotti-Designed Coachwork by Vignale

Introduced in 1962, the Sebring was one of the final manifestations of the landmark 3500 GT, which had been the linchpin of Maserati's program to establish itself as a manufacturer of road cars. The Modena marque's new era began in 1957 with the launch of the Touring-bodied 3500 GT, its first road car built in significant numbers. A luxury 2+2, the 3500GT drew heavily on Maserati's competition experience, employing a tubular chassis frame and an engine derived from the 350S sports car unit of 1956. Suspension was independent at the front by wishbones and coil springs, while at the back there was a conventional live axle/semi-elliptic arrangement. The 3500 GT's designer was none other than Giulio Alfieri, creator of the immortal Tipo60/61 'Birdcage' sports-racer and the man responsible for developing the 250F into a World Championship winner. The twin-overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine was a close relative of that used in the 250F and developed around 220bhp initially, later examples producing 235bhp on Lucas mechanical fuel injection. Built initially with drum brakes and four-speed transmission, the 3500 GT was progressively updated, gaining five speeds, front disc brakes and, finally, all-disc braking.

A car possessing such impeccable antecedents not unnaturally attracted the attention of Italy's finest carrozzeria: Allemano, Bertone and Frua all created bodies for the 3500 GT chassis. Most Coupes were the work of Touring, while all but one (a Frua-bodied example) of the much less common Spider version were the work of Carrozzeria Vignale.

Built on the short-wheelbase chassis of the Spider and likewise styled by Vignale, the Sebring Coupe arrived in 1962. By now a five-speed ZF gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes and fuel injection were standard equipment, with automatic transmission, air conditioning and a limited-slip differential available as options. With a hefty price tag, the new Maserati was some 22% more expensive than the contemporary Aston Martin DB5, its closest rival. 1965 saw the introduction of the Series II, and with it came a revised front end and side vents, horizontal tail lights, larger tires, and a modified Tipo AM 101/10 motor. Production ended in 1966, by which time 591 Sebrings had been built.

To find out more about the stunning car up for auction, and it's history, go here: gaukmotors.co.uk/post/featured-auction---1965-maserati-sebring-ii

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