1961 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.
This example may well lay claim to being the finest survivor of its kind. Stored for two decades in the ownership of an Italian family, it was complete but untouched when acquired in 2007 by one of Italy’s most prominent collectors and immediately entrusted to Luigino Tommasin’s Quality Cars near Padova for a complete, ‘ground up’ restoration without regard to expense. Maserati expert Dr Adolfo Orsi was consulted for historic accuracy and the factory provided documentation which accompanies the car and ensured faithfulness to the original 1961 specification. Hundreds of thousands of Euros were spent on the rebuild (supported by bills and photographs), after which the car made its debut at the 2010 Villa d’Este concours. Since then it has covered running in mileage only. It is Italian (EU) registered, set off by Borrani wire wheels and FIVA certified, and offered in perhaps the most elegant original colour scheme one could wish for. It is expensive, but less expensive than repeating the entire process over the next three years.