The Greatest Maserati's

Sold for $1,072,500 on August 15, 2014

220 bhp, 3,485 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder
engine with triple Weber 42 DCOE carburetors,
four-speed manual gearbox, independent front
suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with
semi-elliptic leaf springs and tubular shock
absorbers, and four-wheel drum brakes.
Wheelbase: 100 in.

1959 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder
From the inception of the 3500 GT, Maserati intended to create a spyder version, but as was often the case with Italy’s boutique automakers of the time, considerations of capacity and choice of carrozzeriere were always challenging issues. During 1957 and 1958, Frua and Touring individually bodied at least three of the early 3500 GT Spyders, but Maserati was clearly not convinced by any of these designs. By 1959, the marque selected for production was a variation on the three that had been posed by Vignale, which officially debuted at the Turin Motor Show later that year. The Vignale Spyders were constructed on a slightly shorter wheelbase than the coupes, and they soon became the premium open Italian sports cars of their day, rivaling Ferrari’s 250 GT Cabriolets as the most elegant and exclusive sporting convertibles on the road. Just 242 examples of the luxurious Vignale Spyder were eventually produced, adding a degree of rarity to their distinctive style.

One of a believed three Vignale-bodied prototypes; arguably the most elaborate
Delivered new to renowned sportsman Lindsey Hopkins
Reported to have a matching-numbers drivetrain
Subject of a nut-and-bolt restoration
Documented by original Maserati factory delivery paperwork