1961 Maserati 3500 GT I Sebring Prototype
VIN #: 101.1335
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Interior: Green Leather
Redline Restorations is pleased to offer this 1961 Maserati Sebring Prototype. This is one of two Maserati Sebring Prototypes ever built. Alfredo Vignale built this platform off his already successful Maserati 3500GT Spyder. This design was first introduced in prototype form at the Geneva Motor Show, the Salone dell'automobile di Torino, and the Paris Automobile Show. The ‘Sebring' name originated from Maserati's success at the Florida airfield track where, in 1957, Maserati took 1st and 2nd place at the famous 12 Hours of Sebring.
The Sebring was designed on a short wheelbase chassis, much like the 3500GT spyder at 2.5 meters long. It was designed as an occasional 2+2 with a simple rear bench seat, however, legroom in the rear is minimal. A 5-speed manual transmission and disc brakes came standard from the factory, while an automatic transmission was available by request. Power is delivered to the rear wheels from Maserati's flagship 3.5L inline 6-cylinder engine, which produced roughly 235hp.
This Maserati was acquired from a private collection in Belgium. The car has since received a full restoration including a bare metal respray, and a re-upholstered interior by our team here at Redline Restorations in 2012. At the foundation of this car is a steel body with an aluminum bonnet and boot lid. This particular example reflects more styling cues from the Series II production series. The new design aspects include horizontally mounted tail lights, squared-off bumpers, and redesigned headlights. The side grilles are the same design as the Series I.
- The first fuel-injected Maserati ever produced
- The actual Seabring Prototype
- Factory documentation and correspondence acknowledging this extremely special provenance
- Greenwich Concours 2011 - Italian Class - BEST ITALIAN GT CAR 1946 – 1962
- Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance - 2015