This 60-year old Maserati 5000 GT still looks better than most modern coupes

I want one. Badly. Now.

The Maserati 5000 GT was introduced at the 1959 Turin Motor Show and it was a limited edition 2+2 coupe built under commission for Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Persia. Sixty years later, I think it's fair to say the 5000 GT is still one of the best looking coupes ever designed.

The original 5000 GT, code-named AM103 Project, was designed by Maserati's chief engineer Giulio Alfieri along with Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera and built on the same chassis as the 3500 GT. Maserati utilized the same engine found in the 450S but the cubic displacement was increased from 4,478 to 4,937 cc, putting out 325 hp in its 1959 variant and 340 hp in the model built the following year. It only weighed 1,500 kg and had a top speed of 168 mph.

Even though the car had been conceived as a one-off, Maserati later hired several coachbuilders to build 33 more units. Carrozzeria Allemano, for example, built 22 cars including the "Shah of Persia" while Bertone, Ghia and Pininfarina built one each. In 2018, Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera decided to build 15 more models, both with coupe and convertible body style. As a tribute to the original vehicle, the car was actually called the "Shah of Persia".

The Modena-based brand has been in the game a long time and the ideal shortlist for the "best-looking car in history" award would probably feature a dozen cars made by Maserati. The brand has a rich history of great cars and cars that weren't so great but always beautiful. Whatever they lack in reliability and build quality, they always make up for in style and design.

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Comments (34)

  • I can't get over that nose... Ruins the car

      1 year ago
  • Brilliant article, thanks for sharing!

      1 year ago
  • Never seen one before. Really like it even though I think I prefer the 2500 GT

      1 year ago
  • It's nice and it's an excellent reminder of craftsmanship that we will never see again. I wouldn't say it looks better than most modern coupes. It does definitely look better than some though.

      1 year ago
  • Ok it looks similar to the 2nd gen Thunderbird. 1957-1964. The tail lights and headlight height as well. I bet the Tbird was way more reliable. Lol

      1 year ago