Maserati celebrates the 60th anniversary of the launch of the 5000 GT 2+2 coupé at the Turin Motor Show

Photo credit: Michael Furman

Modena, 29 November 2019 – Sixty years ago, the 5000 GT, a 2+2 coupé, was presented at the Turin Motor Show and was the undisputed star of the event.
Maserati now celebrates the anniversary of this extraordinary car, built to the specific request of the Shah of Persia, Reza Pahlavi.  Just 34 cars of this model were built at the Viale Ciro Menotti plant in Modena, with bodywork added by Italy's top coachbuilders of the period. 

Reza Pahlavi, the then Shah of Persia, and a great enthusiast of high-performance sports cars, test-drove a 3500 GT towards the end of 1958 and was delighted with it. However, he requested an increase in performance, and Giulio Alfieri, Maserati technical director at the time, realised that the car would have to be completely redesigned to satisfy this prestige customer's demands. The resulting AM103 project, continued through during 1959, and was in effect a new car and not merely a customisation: the heart of the design was the V8 engine of the 450S (the famous Maserati racing barchetta), with its bore increased to upgrade its displacement to almost five litres. 
The 5000 GT, a prestigious  2+2 coupé, was born. The car, of which the first bodywork was built by Carrozzeria Touring, was launched at the 1959 Turin Motor Show, and received the nickname "Shah of Persia” in honour of this unique customer. Only three of that special version were ever produced. The next year, in 1960, the 5000 GT was exhibited on the stand at the Geneva International Motor Show, with a few revisions to the engine. 

The most interesting fact of the Maserati 5000 GT was that it was built with bodywork by almost all the leading Italian coachbuilders of the time: from Allemano, Pininfarina, Monterosa, Ghia, Bertone and Frua, not to mention Michelotti for Vignale. 
Its great success led to the production of a number of cars for prestige customers including Prince Karim Aga Khan (car with bodywork by Carozzeria Frua), Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli (Carozzeria Pininfarina), industrialist Ferdinando Innocenti (Carrozzeria Ghia), film star Stewart Granger (Carrozzeria Allemano) and Mexican President Adolfo López Mateos (Carrozzeria Allemano).
Maserati confirmed its ability to create a prestigous product, delivering exclusive elegance, impeccable functionality and absolute comfort, combined with thrilling performance. 
The 5000 GT was a VIP's car, in terms of both exclusivity and performance. Due to its extremely distinctive character and high cost, the total number of cars built was limited to just 34.

Model Type                       5000 GT

Production period              1959/1964

Engine                                Eight cylinders, V - 90°

Displacement                     4937,8 cc (from 1960: 4941,1 cc)

Bore and stroke                  98,5 mm x 81 mm (from 1960: 94 mm x 89 mm)

Power                                 325 HP a 5500 rev/min. (from 1960: 340 HP a 5800 rev/min)

Compression ratio              8,5:1

Valves train                         Dual overhead camshafts per bank

Valves                                 Two per cylinder

Ignition                               Double with two Marelli or Lucas distributors

Engine lubrication               Forced with pressure pump

Clutch                                 Dry twin discs

Gearbox                              Four speeds + R (from 1963: five speeds + R)

Frame                                  Tubular

Front suspensions              Coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers

Rear suspensions               Semi-elliptical leaf springs and telescopic shock absorbers

Brakes                                Power-assisted front discs and rear drums

Wheelbase                         2600 mm

Track                                   Front 1390 mm ; Rear 1360 mm

Body                                   Two doors Coupè, 2+2 seats

Dry Weight                         1500 Kg

Max. Speed                        260-270 Km/h

Build and Price

Every Maserati is like a work of art constructed with the care and attention that only the human hand can provide.
Ghibli
Ghibli
Levante
Levante
Quattroporte
Quattroporte
MC20
MC20

Ghibli

Ghibli
Starting from JOD 110,000
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
267 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD

Ghibli S

Ghibli S
Starting from JOD 123,000
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.9 sec
Max speed
286 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD

Ghibli S Q4

Ghibli S Q4
Starting from JOD 128,000
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.7 sec
Max speed
286 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante

Levante
Starting from JOD 119,000
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
6.0 sec
Max speed
251 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante S

Levante S
Starting from JOD 137,000
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.2 sec
Max speed
264 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante GTS

Levante GTS
Starting from JOD 175,000
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.2 sec
Max speed
292 km/h
Max power
530 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante Trofeo

Levante Trofeo
Starting from JOD 220,000
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
3.9 sec
Max speed
304 km/h
Max power
580 HP
Traction
AWD

Quattroporte

Quattroporte
Starting from JOD 147,000
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
270 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD

Quattroporte S

Quattroporte S
Starting from JOD 165,000
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.0 sec
Max speed
288 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD

Quattroporte S Q4

Quattroporte S Q4
Starting from JOD 173,000
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.8 sec
Max speed
288 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD

Quattroporte GTS

Quattroporte GTS
Starting from JOD 210,000
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.7 sec
Max speed
310 km/h
Max power
530 HP
Traction
RWD

MC20 Coupé

MC20 Coupé
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
3000 cc
Acceleration
<2,9 sec
Max speed
>325 km/h
Max power
630 HP
Traction
RWD
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Build and Price

Every Maserati is like a work of art constructed with the care and attention that only the human hand can provide.
Ghibli
Ghibli

Ghibli

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
267 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from JOD 110,000

Ghibli S

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.9 sec
Max speed
286 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from JOD 123,000

Ghibli S Q4

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.7 sec
Max speed
286 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from JOD 128,000
Levante
Levante

Levante

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
6.0 sec
Max speed
251 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from JOD 119,000

Levante S

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.2 sec
Max speed
264 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from JOD 137,000

Levante GTS

Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.2 sec
Max speed
292 km/h
Max power
530 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from JOD 175,000

Levante Trofeo

Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
3.9 sec
Max speed
304 km/h
Max power
580 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from JOD 220,000
Quattroporte
Quattroporte

Quattroporte

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
270 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from JOD 147,000

Quattroporte S

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.0 sec
Max speed
288 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from JOD 165,000

Quattroporte S Q4

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.8 sec
Max speed
288 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from JOD 173,000

Quattroporte GTS

Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.7 sec
Max speed
310 km/h
Max power
530 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from JOD 210,000
MC20
MC20

MC20 Coupé

Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
3000 cc
Acceleration
<2,9 sec
Max speed
>325 km/h
Max power
630 HP
Traction
RWD
Please enter a Configuration Code.
Open an existing configuration.
Access to your own Maserati using your unique configuration ID.
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