1961 Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder

Tim Scott ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’sdon

This example of Vignale’s elegant open-top interpretation of the 3500 GT spyder was originally finished on February 23, 1961. Several months thereafter, an English lord chose to buy the unsold Maserati. The car was then delivered to Mrs. Teresa Mitarachi at her address in London in July. As originally ordered, the spyder was Bianco Andalusia over a black leather interior. The car was also equipped with the 5-speed ZF gearbox and the optional Borrani wire wheels.

Several owners thereafter, the Vignale Spyder was acquired by Mr. Michael Miles on December 5, 1970. Interestingly, Mr. Miles also owned a 3500 GT coupe, chassis AM101088. Upon selling 1129 on 18 July 1975, he records the car as being equipped with the engine from his Touring coupe. In 1977, ownership passed to Frank Wilbur of the United States. Wilbur then sold the car to MIE Corporation in 1988; it then passed to Ivan Ruiz of Georgia, and an extensive five-year restoration was immediately embarked upon. In 2007 the 3500 GT returned to Europe, and further restoration work was carried out by German Maserati specialists.