1961 Maserati

3500 GT Coupe Speciale Coachwork By Frua 1 Of Only 2 Built & Likely The Sole Survivor

Azzuro Metalizato with Tan leather interior and Grey carpets, 1 of only 2 similar cars bodies by Frua. 4-speed, Restored by marque specialists to show standards.

This 3500 GT Coupe, AM101.1496, is one of only two similar cars bodied by Frua in 1961. The other, #1494, is believed to be lost. Finished in May 1961, the car left the masters at Frua and was delivered to the prominent Maserati dealer Martinelli & Sonvico of Lugano, Switzerland.

In 1976 or 1977 this 3500 GT Speciale was imported to the United States and owned by Dr. Harms of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Later the 3500 GT passed to noted Maserati personality and founder of Maserati parts source M.I.E. and the Concorso Italiano, Frank Mandarano. In 1988, Mr. Mandarano sold the car to Doug Speer, and it is believed that #101.1496 was then purchased in 1993 by Jerry Wood.

John Bookout was #101.1496s next caretaker, buying the car in 1996. In 2007, Mr. Bookout sold #101.1496 to its next and last owner, a well-known marque enthusiast who is known for his thorough restorations on Maseratis as well as rare Alfa Romeos. When he acquired the car, a restoration to exacting standards was begun. The restoration was completed in late 2010, with all cosmetics performed to Pebble Beach Best of Show-winning restorer Chris Charlton of Oxford, Maine. During the restoration process, it was discovered that the engine was in poor condition and it was therefore replaced with a freshly rebuilt un-numbered 3500 unit, a fairly common practice among engines of this type.

In completely restored form, this 3500 GT Speciale was shown at the 2011 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

The car comes with a certified copy of the originalTechnical Data Sheet and a Certificateof Origin for AM101.1496 provided by Maserati Classiche on August 24, 2011. This fascinating set of documents includes copies of the handwritten build record and the original notice.

With the style of the legendary 5000 GT, this is a chance to own a car unlike any other 3500 GT evenbuilt. In this year of Maserati's 100th birthday, this is an investment opportunitythat will certainly rise in the wake of 5000 GT and various other limited production Maserati's that have been manufactured. Restored to an impressive level by a marque expert, this 3500 GT Speciale is a welcome addition to any concours lawn and a definiteconversation starter wherever it goes.

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