This is a Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder LHD of the year 1962. This is one of only 245 factory-made spiders! It’s an original European version with the beloved carburettor engine, five speed transmission and four disc brakes. This particular car has been restored and mechanically rebuilt in the past. It is in a beautiful overall condition and has a stunning body with perfect panel fittings. It has a lovely blue leather interior and a soft-top.
In 1959, the Maserati 5000 GT was introduced using the chassis of the 3500GT. Two steel-bodied convertible prototypes by Carrozzeria Vignale and Michelotti were developed in 1959 and shown at the Salon de l'Auto in Paris 1959.
The 3500 GT Spyder by Carrozzeria Vignale (245 made). A convertible made by Carrozzeria Vignale went into production in 1960, as the 3500 GT Convertible or just 3500 GT Spyder, and had a shortened 2,500 mm (98.4 in) chassis weighing 1,380 kg (3,042 lb).
The 3500 GTi was introduced in 1961 as the first fuel-injected Italian production car. It had a Lucas fuel injection (235 bhp). A 5-speed ZF S5-17 gearbox was now standard (3.02:1, 1.85:1, 1.29:1, 1:1, 0.85:1), as well as disc brakes all round. The body had a lowered roofline and became somewhat longer; minor outward changes appeared as well (new grille, rear lights, vent windows). The rather similar Maserati Sebring (3500 GTiS) also a 2+2 coupe entered production in 1962.
The first year (1958) sold 119 cars, 1961 was the best-selling year totalling 500. All together, 245 Vignale convertibles and nearly 2000 coupes were manufactured, of these, 1981 being Touring coupes, the rest were bodied by other coachbuilders, Carrozzeria Allemano (four coupes, including the 1957 prototype), Zagato (one coupe, 1957), Carrozzeria Boneschi (two cars; 1962, 1963 Salone dell'automobile di Torino, 1962); Salon International de l'Auto in Geneva, 1963), Pietro Frua (two or three coupes, one spider) and Bertone (one coupe). The last was a coupe by Moretti (Salon International de l'Auto in Geneva, 1966).
This is a different kind of story than we typically feature here on 1320Video. This is a story of a man that spent his whole working life saving up for what he dubbed his dream car - a Lamborghini Miura. Earl was his name, and he loved this car. In old age, Earl drove the Miura less and less until the point it sat for 15 years without any attention. That is, until Jeff showed up at his doorstep. Jeff had been obsessing about finding a Miura and when Earl revealed to Jeff what he had sitting in his dusty old garage, Jeff’s life was changed forever.
Typically 2+2 body styles are less desirable to two-seaters—that’s true of the Datsun 240Z and the Lotus Elan. But with the Lotus the Plus 2 wears the larger size with elegance, and at a still-attainable price point. While not enjoying the valuation of the lighter drophead coupe, the 10 inches of additional width and two feet of length give the classic a character of its own.
Brieuc like other Elan enthusiasts was initially looking for a convertible, but fell in love when he saw this 1972 +2 coupe in Lotus Yellow with matching numbers. Beautifully maintained on the outside with not even a hint of a crack in its fiberglass body, the Elan delights on the inside with its burl wood dash.
“I’m an idiot but I love it. I love this car,” said Brieuc. Seeing the lithe, 2000-pound coupe in motion, we can see why.