1966 Maserati Sebring Series 2
The Maserati story is a fascinating one. The Maserati brothers were all involved in the automotive industry in some way or another, however, it was on the 1st of December 1914 that Alfieri, Ettore and Ernesto Maserati officially opened Alfieri Maserati Workshop in Bologna, Italy. The business was focussed on repairing, servicing and preparing cars, however, World War I cut business short and it wasn’t until 1926 that Maserati built its first car, the Tipo 26.
Maserati chose the trident logo to adorn its cars. Its design was based on the Fountain of Neptune in Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore.
It was all about motorsport back then and in 1937 the Orsi family acquired ownership of Maserati which was in desperate need of financial backing to survive. During the Orsi years Maserati grew from a boutique but very successful race car builder to one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hand built sports and GT cars. Orsi sold to Citroen in 1969 and subsequent owners of Maserati included the Italian State, De Tomaso, Fiat, Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler.
Maserati’s first road car, the A6/1500, was shown at the 1947 Geneva Motor Show.
Subsequent models included the A6G/2000, 3500 series cars, 5000GT, Mistral, Quattroporte, Mexico, Sebring and Ghibli. Maserati also continued to build very successful race cars that dominated tracks around the world including the 250F, 300S, 150S, 450S and the Birdcage.
Following on from the very successful 3500 series, Maserati released its replacement model the 3500GTi or Sebring at the 1962 Geneva Motor Show. The Sebring was so named after the famous circuit where Maserati’s mighty race cars had such success many years prior. Like the Spyder variant of the 3500GT, the Sebring was built by Vignale and it retained the old cars wheelbase and basic specifications.
These 1960’s Maseratis are timeless, classic coach built cars and the Sebring is one of the most elegant. With only 600 cars built between 1962 and 1968 the Sebring is also extremely rare.
Oldtimer Australia is delighted to confirm the sale of this 1966 Maserati Sebring Series 2. This is an extremely rare, Australian delivered, factory right hand drive example. The Maserati Classiche documentation on file confirms that this particular car was completed in February 1966 and despatched to Australian importer Alec Mildren Pty Ltd. It was fitted with Maserati’s 3485cc engine, a 5-speed manual gearbox and Borrani spoked wheels. The car was finished in the most stunning colour combination of ‘argento auteuil’ (silver – Salchi code 106E1) with a black interior (Connolly code PAC.1560).
- Maserati Sebring Series 2
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