Maserati 3500 GT Touring

Maserati 3500 GT Touring

1957 to 1964

Ten years after the introduction of Maserati’s first road car, it was this very model that effectively achieved the marque’s transition from racing car to road car manufacturer. A total of 2,226 3500 GT coupés and convertibles were built between 1957 and 1964.

Two prototypes were exhibited side by side at the Geneva motor show on 20 March 1957, the coupés were penned by Touring and Allemano respectively. Touring’s design was preferred and made it to production with very few modifications. Its roomy four-seater body was built in Milan following Touring’s lightweight Superleggera method. The brand new straight six long stroke engine, with twin camshafts and twin-plug ignition, was the first Maserati engine designed specifically and exclusively for production vehicles, without racing in mind. With three twin-choke carburettors it developed 230 hp and provided plenty of torque. Top speed exceeded 210 kph (130 mph). ZF supplied the four-speed gearbox (five-speed from 1960 and three-speed-automatic on request), whilst other elements were sourced from the best suppliers of the day: Salisbury rear axle, Girling brakes, Alford & Adler suspension, Burman & Sons steering box, Borg & Beck clutch – and so on. Front disc brakes became available as an option from 1959 and Lucas direct injection followed two years later (see 3500 GTi).

The original concept for the car, devised by owner Adolfo Orsi and designer Giulio Alfieri, called for a fast GT that would be exciting to drive but also comfortable and practical for daily use. Maserati demonstrated exceptional attention to the customer and was a pioneer in making after-sales services a key marketing area. Many celebrity owners got behind the wheel of a 3500 GT, including Prince Rainier III of Monaco, the tenor Giuseppe di Stefano, actors Alberto Sordi, Tony Curtis, Stewart Granger, Rock Hudson and Anthony Quinn. Franco Cornacchia – a gentleman racing driver, who later became Maserati’s representative in Milan, regularly drove 3500 GTs between Milan and Modena on the Autostrada del Sole, setting a toll-to-toll record of 39 minutes over approximately 160 km.

Technical specifications

Model3500 GT
Maserati internal codeTipo AM101
Production start1957
Number Producedcirca 1000 (1980 GT & GTi coupés combined)
Ignitiontwin-plug, coil ignition
Lubricationsingle oil pump
Transmission4-speed + reverse (5-speed from 1960), rear wheel drive, single dry plate clutch
Gear ratiosI=3; II=1.84; III=1.3; IV=1; R=3.17
Chassistubular ladder-frame platform chassis
Front suspensiondouble wishbones, coil springs, Girling telescopic dampers
Rear suspensionlongitudinal leaf springs, Girling hydraulic telescopic dampers
Brakesservo-assisted hydraulic drum brakes (front discs from 1959)
Steeringworm and sector
Cooling systemwater-cooled
Length188.19 inches (4,780 mm)
Width69.29 inches (1,760 mm)
Height51.18 inches (1,300 mm)
Wheelbase102.36 inches (2,600 mm)
Front track54.7 inches (1,390 mm)
Rear track53.5 inches (1,360 mm)
Dry weight1,300 Kg
Kerb weight3,174 lbs (1,440 kg)
Tyresfront/rear Pirelli 6.50x16
Wheelssteel wheels 5.50x16
Top speed134 mph (215 km/h)
Bodyworktwo-door, 2+2 coupé
Fuel tank16.50 Imperial gallons / 23 US gallons (75 litres)
Production dates1957-1964
Enginestraight 6
Bore and stroke86x100 mm (3.38x3.94 inches)
Total displacement3,485.29 cc (212.7 c.i.)
Displacements (unitary)580.88 cc
Compression ratio8.05.01
Maximum power220 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Maximum torque35 Kgm (254 lbs/ft) at 3,500 rpm
Timing geartwo valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts (chain driven)
Fuel feednaturally aspirated, three 42 DCOE carburettors
Fuel & lubricantN.O 98/100 RM