1962 – 1968
It was the 23rd of March 1957. At 10 pm fireworks appeared over the Sebring International Raceway, Florida, United States. It was the signal of the end of the 12-Hour Florida International Grand Prix, an annual motorsport endurance race for sports cars. The second round of the F.I.A. World Sports Car Championship. It was a magnificent triumph for Maserati: coming in first were Juan Manuel Fangio and Jean Behra at the wheel of their Maserati 450S, while Stirling Moss and Harry Schell came in second with their Maserati 300S. That’s why the first Maserati not to be called by a mere model number was named after this circuit: Sebring. The Sebring was a perfect example of an early ‘60s Italian grand tourer. Its short wheelbase, its pointed nose and its airy greenhouse lent it a character that was both dynamic and powerful: it was the perfect car to stand side-by-side with the 3500GT.