3500GT and 3500GTI

The 3500GT was a significant model for Maserati, as it was the first road car to be built in relatively large volume. In 1957, Maserati had officially withdrawn from motorsport, and full attention was now on the production of Gran Turismo automobiles. The elegant design of the 3500GT was the creation of Milanese coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring, whose Superleggera (Superlight) patent used aluminum panels wrapped over a thin, tubular steel frame that described the body shape. The inline-6 engine, characterized by excellent torque output at low engine speed, came from the 350S racing car of 1956. In 1961, triple Weber carburetors were replaced by a Lucas mechanical fuel-injection system, boosting the power to 235 hp in the 3500GTI. ZF supplied the four-speed gearbox (five-speed from 1960 and three-speed automatic on request), with other components sourced from the best suppliers of the day. Front disc brakes became available as an option from 1959. The 3500 GT and GTI achieved great commercial success, establishing Maserati as one of the world’s most exclusive high-performance automotive marques.

1957 Maserati 3500GT - side view of a red classic car model
1957 Maserati 3500GT - interior of the classic car model in red

The 3500GT was an important car for Maserati as it was the first road car to be built in large numbers. In 1957, Maserati had officially withdrawn from motor racing and full attention was now on the production of Gran Turismo road cars. The elegantly shaped body of the 3500GT was a creation from Carrozzeria Touring and was made from aluminium which was attached to a tubular steel frame (Superleggera patent). The 6-cylinder engine came from the 350S racing car of 1956 and was characterised by excellent torque output at low engine speed. In 1961, the triple Weber carburettors were replaced by a mechanical fuel injection system from Lucas, boosting the power to 235hp (3500GTI). ZF supplied the four-speed gearbox (five-speed from 1960 and three-speed automatic on request), whilst other elements were sourced from the best suppliers of the day. Front disc brakes became available as an option from 1959. This model became a big commercial success and contributed importantly in resolving the economic difficulties of the Maserati company at the time.

Data sheet 3500GT 3500GTI
Model code Tipo AM101Tipo AM101/Iniezione
Body type 2-door, 2+2 coupé 2-door, 2+2 coupé
DesignTouringTouring
Production years 1957 - 19641961 - 1964
Maserati era Orsi familyOrsi family
Numbers produced937441
Chassis Tubular ladder-frame platformTubular ladder-frame platform
Dry / kerb weight1,3001,300
Engine configurationStraight six, double overhead camshaftStraight six, double overhead camshaft
Displacement3,485cc3,485cc
Maximum power 220hp @ 5,500rpm235hp @ 5,800rpm
Top speed 215km/h220km/h
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