Maserati 3500 GT Convertibile

Maserati 3500 GT Convertibile

1959 to 1964

Spyder became the official designation for foreign markets as of 1961. Master coachbuilder Alfredo Vignale of Turin won the contract to produce the open-top version of Maserati´s first full-production GT car. The car’s styling – penned by Giovanni Michelotti – differed from that of the Touring coupé with a slightly more angular and muscular design language. Touring had also proposed a drop-top version of its coupé, of which just three were produced; while Vignale built several pre-production prototypes showing differences in various details before the final production design was settled. In six years, some 243 spyders were sold.

Mechanically, the car shared its design with the coupé but its wheelbase was shortened by 10 cm. Lucas direct injection and 5-speed-gearbox available for both the spyder and the coupé from 1961 onwards, all round disc brakes from 1962. The body was made of steel, but the doors, bonnet and boot lid were in light alloy, as was the optional hardtop. Electric windows came as standard. Performance was perfectly suited to open air motoring with a top speed of 220 kph (138 mph) for the 3500 GTi version.

Technical specifications

Model3500 GT Convertibile
Maserati internal codeTipo AM101/C
Production start1959
Number Produced245
Ignitiontwin-plug, coil ignition
Lubricationsingle oil pump
Transmission4-speed + reverse (5-speed from 1960), rear wheel drive, single dry plate clutch with flexible coupling and hydraulic drive
Reductiontubular ladder-frame platform chassis
Reduction1.03.54
Gear ratiosI=3; II=1.84; III=1.3; IV=1; R=3.17
Front suspensiondouble wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar
Rear suspensionlongitudinal leaf springs, hydraulic telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar
Brakesservo-assisted, front discs, rear drums, (rear discs from 1961)
Steeringworm and sector
Cooling systemwater-cooled
Length175.19 inches (4,450 mm)
Width64.37 inches (1,635 mm)
Height51.18 inches (1,300 mm)
Wheelbase98.42 inches (2,500 mm)
Front track54.7 inches (1,390 mm)
Rear track53.5 inches (1,360 mm)
Dry weight3,267 lbs (1,482 kg)
Tyresfront/rear Pirelli 185x16
Wheelssteel wheels, 5.50x16
Top speed143 mph (230 kmh) - with fuel injection: 149 mph (238 kmh)
Bodyworktwo-door, two-seater cabriolet
Fuel tank16.50 Imperial gallon / 23 US gallon (75 litres)
Production dates1959-1964
Enginestraight 6
Bore and stroke86x100 mm (3.38x3.94 in.)
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 (235 bhp at 5800 rpm from 1961 with fuel injection)
Maximum torque35 Kgm (254 lbs/ft) at 3,500 rpm (36 Kgm at 3,600 rpm from 1961 with fuel injection)
Timing geartwo valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts (chain driven)
Fuel feednaturally aspirated, three 42 DCOE carburettors (or Lucas indirect fuel injection from