Project Description

Maserati Sebring 4.0 Litre

Maserati Sebring (Second Series) 4.0 Litre* - Nr #3 of just #19 cars produced.

Price

€POA

Year

1966

Mls/Kms

44,506 kilometers

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History

Our Michelotti (Vignale)-designed Maserati Sebring 4.0 is a rare gem, one of only 19 of the final 4.0-liter models produced, following its predecessors with 3.5 and 3.7-liter engines. This particular Second Series 4.0 example, confirmed by Maserati as number #3 out of the limited run, was built between 1966 and 1968 before making way for the Ghibli model. Chassis number AM101/S10*537 was crafted on September 21, 1966, and found its first home in Chiasso, Switzerland. Interestingly, the original Swiss dealer requested a 4.0-liter engine for this car before the completion of full 4.0 homologation, resulting in its earlier Tipo number AM101/S10, rather than the later AM101/A10. In Switzerland, it saw two owners before undergoing a part restoration in the early nineties, including a striking repaint in a vibrant solid red hue. Acquired by a prominent German collector in 2000, it became a cherished member of a vast collection of over 300 cars, enjoying continuous registration and regular use for over two decades. Its enthusiastic owner ensured its participation in several European classic rallies over the years, including the Ennstal Classic, Silvretta Classic Rallye Montafon (twice), and the Jochpass Oldtimer Memorial Bad Hindelang (three times). In 2021, Cathedral Classics facilitated the sale of this remarkable vehicle to a discerning enthusiast who embarked on further restoration efforts, including a return to its original exterior color, alongside other enhancements amounting to an investment of nearly €50,000. Now, Cathedral Classics is delighted to present this rare automotive treasure once again to the discerning marketplace.

Exterior

The timeless design of the Giovanni Michelotti (at Vignale) exterior remains an iconic representation of 1960s “super car” aesthetics. Originally unveiled at the Salon International de l’Auto in 1962 and later showcased at the Salone dell’automobile di Torino in 1963, it has secured its place in automotive history. Meticulously restored to its factory-original color of Grigio Inglewood (a sophisticated mid-dark metallic grey – Salchi code 106E9), under the expert supervision of marque specialist Marcus Böhning in Bad Essen, Germany, the finish is nothing short of breathtaking. Every detail has been carefully attended to, with doors, bonnet, and boot flawlessly realigned following a thorough cavity sealing conservation treatment. The external bright-work, which abounds on this model, gleams in superb condition, adding to the overall allure.

Interior

Step inside to discover a surprisingly spacious cabin highlighted by impeccably preserved biscuit sports leather seats that exude elegance. Commanding attention at the center is the Nardi Torino wood and chrome three-spoke steering wheel, a tactile delight for any enthusiast. Recent enhancements include the renewal of several famous toggle switches, while the original radio has been tastefully replaced with a period Becker radio featuring Navigation CD, complemented by period speakers discreetly positioned behind the front seats. The interior is adorned with abundant bright-work, all in superb condition and perfectly encapsulating the style of the era. Despite its sports car pedigree, the driving position offers remarkable comfort, with a notable sense of elevation possibly attributed to the generous use of glass throughout the cabin, creating an airy and inviting atmosphere.

Engine & Transmission

Under the hood lies a potent straight-six engine boasting double overhead camshafts and a displacement of 4014cc, delivering an impressive 265bhp at 5,200 rpm and enabling a top speed of 250 km/h. These performance figures are sourced from Maserati.com and their official Sebring website. Notably, this particular example, confirmed by Maserati as matching numbers, houses an early *4.0-liter unit, specifically number #3 out of the total #19 units produced, and was assigned a pre-homologation tipo number AM101/S10537, a designation associated with the earlier smaller 3.7-liter engines. Approximately 18 years ago, the engine underwent a comprehensive overhaul under the ownership of the first German owner. More recently, the second owner completed a thorough fuel injection overhaul, resulting in exceptional performance and an exquisite exhaust note that enhances the driving experience. The original ZF S 5/20 speed gearbox operates smoothly, engaging gears with its characteristic long through movement. Further enhancements include a complete overhaul of the engine bay and steering box, as well as seal replacements, ensuring optimal performance and reliability for the discerning driver.

Wheels, Tyres & Brakes

Recently refurbished at a considerable expense of over €8000, all five Borrani wheels gleam with renewed elegance, complemented by the addition of brand new Michelin 207/70 R15 tires. The braking power of this vehicle is substantial, effortlessly bringing the car to a halt in a straight and precise manner. Reflecting the hallmark Maserati attention to detail, the generously sized brake and clutch pedals exude purpose and exemplify the marque’s commitment to superior design and functionality.

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