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LOT 190

1963 Maserati Sebring Series I Coupé Coachwork by Carrozzeria Vignale Chassis no. 101.01741

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Lot 190
1963 Maserati Sebring Series I Coupé
The Zoute Sale|8 October 2023, 13:00 CEST|Knokke-Heist, Le Zoute

1963 Maserati Sebring Series I Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Vignale

Chassis no. 101.01741

• 1 of only approximately 400 built
• Matching numbers chassis and engine
• Professionally restored by Maserati Specialist Leo B. Peschl 2018-2020
• Close to €100,000 of restoration invoices on file
• Little used since completion

Introduced in 1962, the Sebring was one of the final manifestations of the landmark 3500GT, which had been the linchpin of Maserati's programme to establish itself as a manufacturer of road cars. Despite numerous racetrack successes that included Juan Manuel Fangio's fifth World Championship, at the wheel of a 250F, and runner-up spot in the World Sports Car Championship with the fabulous 450S - both in 1957, the marque's most successful season - Maserati was by that time facing a bleak future. Its parent company's financial difficulties forced a withdrawal from racing, and Maserati's survival strategy for the 1960s centred on switching production from competition to road models.
The Modena marque's new era began in 1957 with the launch of the Touring-bodied 3500GT, its first road car built in significant numbers. A luxury 2+2, the 3500GT drew heavily on Maserati's competition experience, employing a tubular chassis frame and an engine derived from the 350S sports car unit of 1956. Suspension was independent at the front by wishbones and coil springs, while at the back there was a conventional live axle/semi-elliptic arrangement. The 3500GT's designer was none other than Giulio Alfieri, creator of the immortal Tipo 60/61 'Birdcage' sports-racer and the man responsible for developing the 250F into a World Championship winner. The twin-overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine was a close relative of that used in the 250F and developed around 220bhp initially, later examples producing 235bhp on Lucas mechanical fuel injection.

Built on the short-wheelbase chassis of the Spyder and likewise styled by Carrozzeria Vignale, the Sebring 2+2 coupé arrived in 1962. By now a five-speed gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes, and fuel injection were standard equipment. Introduced in 1965, the Sebring Series II came with a 3.7-litre engine while some cars left the factory with 4.0-litre units towards the end of production in 1966, by which time 591 Sebrings had been built, around 400 of which were in the first series.

According to information supplied by the Archivio Storico Maserati (email on file), the car finished production on 27th May 1963 and was destined to its first owner in the Paris region. The original colour was Amaranto Roma, a very elegant metallic dark red, paired with a black interior. The Sebring had also been fitted with Lucas fuel injection and a ZF five-speed gearbox from new. It was enjoyed then by an American, a William H Brown. Mr Brown owned the Maserati for many years, and the car would then enjoy two more custodians in the USA up to the time it next changed hands in 2015. In 2018 the new owner decided to undertake a comprehensive restoration, entrusting the work to the renowned marque specialists Leo B. Peschl in Cologne, Germany. Carried out to an exemplary standard, the work took until 2020 to complete. The Sebring has covered relatively few kilometres since the restoration and is presented in commensurately excellent condition. Restoration invoices totalling nearly €100,000 are on file and the car also comes with an expertise (2018) and various other historical documents. Rare and highly desirable, this recently restored Maserati Sebring is worthy of the closest inspection.

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