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Pick of the Day: ’65 Maserati Sebring grand touring coupe

The understated design was part of the Italian automaker’s classic era

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Maserati is an interesting company that has built some of the most stunning sports and GT cars in the world. The classic era of the company was in the 1950s and ’60s, and the last of the true classic Maserati GT is the Sebring.

The Sebring name came from Maserati’s outright racing win in 1957 at the Florida track of the same name. The coupe was the final evolution of the 3500GT powered by the same engine and with what is basically the same chassis, which was slightly shortened, and freshened bodywork by Giovanni Michelotti, who was then working for Vignale.

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The Pick of the Day a great example of one of these cars, a stunning 1965 Maserati Sebring 3500 GTI finished in its original colors of Rosso Cordoba with a tan leather interior.

The St. Louis, Missouri, dealer advertising the Maserati on ClassicCars.com describes the car in great detail stating that “this 1965 Sebring 3500 GTI is a superb example of Maserati’s handsome high-performance grand tourer. This car is exceptionally well-documented with factory records.”

maserati, Pick of the Day: ’65 Maserati Sebring grand touring coupe, ClassicCars.com Journal

The Rosso Cordoba paint quality is excellent, panel gaps are tight and even, and the doors fit properly, the ad says. “The brightwork is superb, with straight alloy window surrounds, and sill trims, and lovely bumpers showing only some light polish marks on the surface.”

The Sebring offers a strong bargain when compared with similar-era cars from Ferrari. The grand touring cars from Maserati offer something a little different from the Ferrari 250 and 330 models, more of a gentleman’s GT than an outright sports car.

maserati, Pick of the Day: ’65 Maserati Sebring grand touring coupe, ClassicCars.com Journal

The Series 2 Sebring, like this one, is also quite rare with only 94 built with the injected 3.5-liter inline-six. Many of these cars have had their fuel injection replaced with Weber carbs, but this example still has its original fuel injection system.

The seller adds that Lucas specialists Power Props of the Netherlands completely restored this complex fuel system, and it remains in proper working order. In the spring of 2019, the brake system, clutch hydraulics, cooling system, and ignition received comprehensive servicing, the seller says.

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I honestly do not think that these spectacular cars will stay at their current price levels for long but will climb in value, as they just offer too much great classic Italian motoring enjoyment for the dollar.

This Maserati with an asking price of $265,000 seems like a real deal when compared with the value of a Ferrari 250 PF coupe, and for a much more civilized car.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I remember as a 16 year old working at a transmission shop at 22nd and Powell in Portland, my boss had a 65 Maserati coupe 2 door that had the 6 cylinder hemi. I put a head gasket in it as the o-ring and copper sealing system from the factory was idiotic at best. We had a head gasket made of regular Felpro type material. The studs were a bad idea to get the head past the cowl. The engine was supposed to be pulled to do this. We removed the engine mount and dropped the engine like a Pacer and I pulled the head. Used axle grease for a sealer and the car ran for over 2 decades this way. Was a fun car to drive, especially at 16. You can imagine. It cornered like it was connected by a slot car track fitting. Later my boss bought an Aston Martin V8 Lagonda, we will talk about that later…

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