1960 Maserati 3500GT Vignale SpyderCoachwork by Vignale
Maserati built just 242 examples of the 3500GT Spyder, its first real production convertible which derived from the 3500GT coupe. For the open variant Vignale rather than Touring was entrusted with the styling and the wheelbase was shortened by 10cm which partially accounted for a small weight saving as well. Available from 1959 until 1964, Maserati’s 3500GT Vignale Spyder was the principal rival to Ferrari’s 250GT Convertible and it remains one of the most stylish Italian conveyances of its era.
First registered in Italy on 4th June 1960, this 3500 Spyder was originally grigio argento (silver grey) with red leather upholstery. Its specification featured front disc brakes and Weber carburettors. It spent most of its life close to its birthplace in Modena registered ‘MO 66022’ and then Bologna as ‘BO 155309’, with Signor Giuseppe Galli, then Giampaolo Mascagni, and latterly Mario Righini before its acquisition in 1989 by collector Alfio Puglisi Consentino. The majority of his collection was dispersed in 1996 when the current owner acquired this Maserati.
The car was imported to the UK and registered here, with re-commissioning work after a period of inactivity carried out to include a mechanical overhaul, repainting in Rosso Corsa and retrimming in black leather. Since 1996 the car has been used sparingly, the odometer now reading 13,983km (presumably 113,983). It comes with an elegant factory hard top, original tools, period Italian ‘libretto’ showing its previous owners, original owners handbook and spare parts manual, and period colour sales brochure. Ideal to drive ‘as is’, or a candidate for bringing up to concours standards, perhaps in its handsome original livery, either way this is a classic granturismo with a bright future ahead.