Sebring 3500 GTI
1962 / 1968
In the 1960s, Maserati set out to compete with British prestige car manufacturer Aston Martin. The 3500 GT, despite its undeniable commercial success, failed to outstrip the Aston Martin DBs, particularly the DB4. In 1961, Vignale presented a spendid variation of the 3500 GT coupé, the 2+2 coupé entering production the following year alongside the ordinary 3500 GT with a number of minor cosmetic changes. The chassis was similar to that of the 3500 GT spyder (2.5 metres long). Lucas direct petrol injection was fitted as standard. Sportier than the 3500 GT, the Sebring was designed as an occasional 2-plus-2-seater with a single rear bench seat. The engine was rated at 235bhp, generating speeds in excess of 235kph. Disc brakes came as standard, while an automatic gearbox was optional.