1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7 Coupe

1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7 Coupe
Dirk de Jager, courtesy of Bonhams

Introduced in 1962, the Sebring was one of the final manifestations of the landmark 3500 GT, which had been the linchpin of Maserati’s program to establish itself as a manufacturer of road cars. The Modena marque’s new era began in 1957 with the launch of the Touring-bodied 3500 GT, its first road car built in significant numbers. A luxury 2+2, the 3500 GT drew heavily on Maserati’s competition experience, employing a tubular chassis frame and an engine derived from the 350S sports car of 1956. The 3500 GT’s designer was none other than Giulio Alfieri, creator of the immortal Tipo 60/61 “Birdcage” sports racer and the man responsible for developing the 250F into a World Championship winner. The twin-overhead-camshaft, 6-cylinder engine was a close relative of that used in the 250F and developed around 220 bhp initially, with later examples producing 235 bhp on Lucas mechanical fuel injection.

Built on the short-wheelbase chassis of the Spyder and likewise styled by Vignale, the Sebring 2+2 coupe arrived in 1962. By now a 5-speed gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes and fuel injection were standard equipment, with automatic transmission, air conditioning and a limited-slip differential available as options. A 3.7-liter, 245-bhp engine became available as the original developed into the Series II (introduced in 1965), while some cars left the factory with 4.0-liter units towards the end of production in 1966.

A manual-transmission model, this matching-numbers Sebring was delivered new to an unknown Italian owner in 1966. Between 1968 and 1984, the car was in Parma and from ’84 to 2000 in Milan. From 2000 to 2014, it belonged to Dr. Noel Martine in Belgium and since then has been owned by a Maserati collector in Holland. The engine and fuel-injection system were rebuilt in 1997, and the car has covered only 12,000 kilometers (7,456 miles) since, while more recently (in 2014) it received new tires and new brakes. Air conditioning was installed in 2015 and a service carried out. Finished in maroon with black leather interior, this beautiful and rare Maserati coupe is presented in generally very good condition and offered with Netherlands registration papers and roadworthiness certificate.