Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale – 1961

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961


Maserati 3500 GT Spyder – 1961


Marca : Maserati
Modello : 3500 GT
Versione : Spyder
Anno : 1961
Telaio N. : AM101.1129
Motore N. : AM101.1129
Esemplari prodotti : 242
Carrozzeria : 
Progettista :
Motore : 6 cilindri in linea
Cilindrata : 3.485 cc
Distribuzione : DOHC
Valvole Cilindro : 2
Alimentazione : 3 carb. Weber 42 DCOE
Potenza : 220 CV a 5.500 giri/min
Top speed Km/h : 230


Auction results
2017 – Villa Erba – RM Sotheby’s – € 840.000


Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

This stunning example of Vignale’s elegant open-top interpretation of the 3500 GT—which utilised a shortened coupé chassis, and dispensed with the Superleggera construction by —was ordered new by a Mrs Teresa Mitarachi of London. Originally finished in the striking combination of white coachwork with a black leather interior, the car was fitted from new with the desirable five-speed ZF gearbox and optional Borrani wire wheels. Mrs Mitarachi was of Greek descent—indeed, her actual name is thought to have been Mitarakis —so, although destined for the UK market, the car was unusually ordered in left-hand-drive configuration, presumably in readiness for any likely Continental touring.

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

Mrs Mitarachi kept the spyder, chassis number 1129, until 1977, whereupon ownership passed to Frank Wilbur in the United States. Wilbur then sold the car to Frank Mandarano’s MIE Corporation in 1988; it then passed to noted Maserati collector Ivan Ruiz of Georgia later on that year. Ruiz acquired the car with the bodywork stripped back to bare metal, and an extensive five-year restoration was immediately embarked upon. On completion, the car was entered in several concours events, culminating in a memorable class win at the prestigious Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

In 2009, the car was sold again, and further restoration work was carried out by respected Maserati specialists Ital-Auto of Stuttgart. An estimated 500–600 hours was expensed on the repaint alone, and at the same time, the engine was rebuilt and the interior immaculately re-trimmed in black leather, to original specifications.

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

One of only 242 Vignale Spyders constructed (compared to 1,984 coupés), significantly, chassis number 1129 retains its original matching-numbers engine.

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961

 

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale - 1961


 

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