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

Model 3500 GT
Maserati internal code Tipo AM101
Production start 1957
Number Produced circa 1000 (1980 GT & GTi coupés combined)
Ignition twin-plug, coil ignition
Lubrication single oil pump
Transmission 4-speed + reverse (5-speed from 1960), rear wheel drive, single dry plate clutch
Reduction 1.03.54
Gear ratios I=3; II=1.84; III=1.3; IV=1; R=3.17
Chassis tubular ladder-frame platform chassis
Front suspension double wishbones, coil springs, Girling telescopic dampers
Rear suspension longitudinal leaf springs, Girling hydraulic telescopic dampers
Brakes servo-assisted hydraulic drum brakes (front discs from 1959)
Steering worm and sector
Cooling system water-cooled
Length 188.19 inches (4,780 mm)
Width 69.29 inches (1,760 mm)
Height 51.18 inches (1,300 mm)
Wheelbase 102.36 inches (2,600 mm)
Front track 54.7 inches (1,390 mm)
Rear track 53.5 inches (1,360 mm)
Dry weight 1,300 Kg
Kerb weight 3,174 lbs (1,440 kg)
Tyres front/rear Pirelli 6.50x16
Wheels steel wheels 5.50x16
Top speed 134 mph (215 km/h)
Bodywork two-door, 2+2 coupé
Fuel tank 16.50 Imperial gallons / 23 US gallons (75 litres)
Production dates 1957-1964
Engine straight 6
Bore and stroke 86x100 mm (3.38x3.94 inches)
Total displacement 3,485.29 cc (212.7 c.i.)
Displacements (unitary) 580.88 cc
Compression ratio 8.05.01
Maximum power 220 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Maximum torque 35 Kgm (254 lbs/ft) at 3,500 rpm
Timing gear two valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts (chain driven)
Fuel feed naturally aspirated, three 42 DCOE carburettors
Fuel & lubricant N.O 98/100 RM