3500GT and 3500GTI Spyder

Master coachbuilder Alfredo Vignale of Turin won the contract to produce the open-top version of the first series-production Maserati GT. The car’s styling, penned by Giovanni Michelotti, expressed a more angular and muscular design than that of the Touring coupe. Touring had also proposed an open-top version of its coupe, of which just three were produced, and Vignale built several pre-production prototypes showing differences in various details before the final production design was established. In six years, 250 examples of the Vignale Spyder were sold. Mechanically, the car shared its components with the coupe, although its wheelbase was shortened by 10 cm. Lucas direct fuel injection and a five-speed gearbox were available for both the Spyder and the coupe in 1961, with four-wheel disc brakes available in 1962. The Spyder’s body was made of steel, with aluminum doors, hood and trunk lid, as was the optional hardtop. Electric windows came as standard. Performance was perfectly suited to open-air motoring, with a top speed of 137 mph for the 3500GTI version.

Data sheet 3500GT Spyder 3500GTI Spyder
Model code Tipo AM101 Tipo AM101/Iniezione
Body type 2-seater spyder 2-seater spyder
Design Vignale Vignale
Production years 1958 - 1963 1958 - 1963
Maserati era Orsi family Orsi family
Numbers produced 204 56
Chassis Tubular ladder-frame platform Tubular ladder-frame platform
Dry / kerb weight 1,440kg 1,440kg
Engine configuration Straight six, double overhead camshaft Straight six, double overhead camshaft
Displacement 3,485cc 3,485cc
Maximum power 220hp @ 5,500rpm 235hp @ 5,800rpm
Top speed 215km/h 220km/h
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