The worldwide success of the 3500GT drew much attention to the Maserati brand. Some however desired from Maserati a Gran Turismo that was even more exclusive. On specific request of the Shah of Persia the 5000GT was born. Chief engineer Giulio Alfieri used only the very best components available to build this extraordinary car. Its powerful V8 engine originated from the 450S racing car with which Juan Manuel Fangio and Jean Behra won the 1957 Sebring 12 hours race, and the vehicle used a reinforced 3500GT chassis. The braking system was servo-assisted with four disc brakes. Performance was unprecedented for a road car at the time. Only 34 units of the 5000GT were built and the bodies were created by the world’s most famous coachbuilders: Touring, Pinin Farina, Monterosa, Allemano, Ghia, Bertone, Vignale and Frua.

Data sheet 5000GT
Model code Tipo AM103
Body type 2-door, 2+2 coupé
Design Touring, Pinin Farina, Monterosa, Allemano, Ghia, Bertone, Vignale, Frua
Production years 1959 - 1966
Maserati era Orsi family
Numbers produced 34
Chassis Tubular steel or aluminium ladder-frame platform
Dry weight 1,652kg
Engine configuration 90° V8, double overhead camshaft
Displacement 4,941cc
Maximum power 325hp, 340hp with Lucas ignition
Top speed 260 - 270km/h
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