Launched at the Geneva Motorshow in 1962, Maserati revealed the 3500 GT’s replacement. The ‘Coupe S’ referenced the American racetrack Sebring where a few years earlier, Maserati had garnered international successes. With the 3500GT effectively saving Maserati during times of economic uncertainty, the ‘Sebring’ as it would become known was the company’s first major update to the car, aimed at the growing American marketplace.
The Sebring was powered by race-bred 3,485cc six-cylinder engine developing 235bhp at 5,500rpm, formerly powering the 350S sports cars during the GT’s development. Final fettling towards its grand touring nature had seen the replacement of its dry sump lubrication for a wet sump along with several other upgrades.
Underneath, a tubular chassis was paired with independent coil spun front suspension and a live rear axle. British manufacturer Girling produced the disc brakes front and rear. Paired with the race-bred engine, the Sebring was to some a surprisingly competent and sophisticated GT car.
The car was offered with a three-speed Borg Warner automatic transmission but more a more involving drive, there was a 5-speed ZF manual gearbox. The Sebring would reach 60 miles per hour in just 8.4 seconds. A fantastic grand tourer balancing performance and usability from the 2+2 seating.
A later update to the Sebring would bring increased use of the automatic gearbox offering, added weight and less pure design. With a car designed predominantly for the US market, RHD examples are rare and sought after. Just 10 were originally built and just 5 are known to survive.
This car was first registered in 1962 by Coombs & Sons of Guildford on the distinctive registration ‘50PK’ which the car retains to this day. Retained initially as a demonstrator, 50 PK was supplied the in the most elegant Rosso Cordoba as presented today. The history file retains copies of the original Buff logbook which describes the car as "Opalescent Maroon”. This fabulous Sebring was supplied new with the fabulous a 5 Speed manual gearbox and was sold a year later to its first private owner located in Sussex.
The Sebring later entered long term enthusiast ownership in Jersey before it was purchased by Mr Hayes of Yorkshire in 1990 who reimported the car the UK. The Sebring underwent a comprehensive restoration with marque specialists, Corley Motors who resprayed the car in a lighter red hue and the interior was re-trimmed. The car saw a complete overhaul of its fuel injection system, engine, suspension as well as all mechanical componentry recommissioned. The car was completed in August 1992 and would continue to be maintained by Corley Motors throughout the 1990s, keeping the car in fantastic form.
It was later purchased in circa 2003 by Don Law owner of Don Law Vintage Motorcycles, joining a collection of historic motor cars and motorcycles. Don upheld the high level of maintenance during his ownership before selling the car in August 2010 to another vintage car collector Mr Jan Korab.
In 2016, this Sebring was inspected by renowned specialists DK Engineering and subsequently benefitted from a cosmetic restoration. 50 PK was returned to its striking original hue of Rosso Cordoba and DK Engineering completed a comprehensive mechanical overhaul of the car at this time to the tune of £100,000. The interior was restored too and as such today the car presents immaculately.
A fantastic ‘matching numbers’ example of an already rare car, this Sebring is one just c.5 remaining RHD Series 1 examples left. Arguably the finest RHD example of Maserati’s 1960s greatest hit, this Sebring affords fantastic value when compared to its period competition, ready to be enjoyed as a fabulous 60s GT car and is available to view immediately by appointment.