An incredibly rare 1961 Maserati 5000 GT never previously seen at auction will head to Arizona as part of Gooding & Company’s Geared Online Scottsdale Edition sale on January 24, 2022…
The imperious Maserati 5000 GT celebrated its 60th anniversary back in 2019 and the 2+2 Coupé that was originally presented at the Turin Motor Show can retail for twice the price of a contemporary 3500 GT should they ever find their way to auction.
One of the most significant cars of its era, the stylish 5000 GT played second fiddle only to Ferrari’s illustrious Superamerica line, attracting only the rich and famous, and has since become one of the most desirable cars to come from the Italian automakers stable.
Indeed, Reza Pahlavi, the then Shah of Persia, test-drove a 3500 GT towards the end of 1958 and was said to be delighted – but did request an increase in performance.
AM103 Project – Maserati 5000 GT
The end result was the AM103 project which continued through during 1959, and was in effect a new car and not merely a customisation: the heart of the design was the V8 engine of the 450S (the famous Maserati racing Barchetta), with its bore increased to upgrade its displacement to almost five litres.
So rare is the GT, only 34 examples were ever built at the Viale Ciro Menotti plant in Modena, all of which boasted elegant custom coachwork by eight Italian coachbuilders including Allemano, Pininfarina, Frua, Bertone, and Ghia Touring as the example here.
This particular car, chassis AM103.010, is the last of three chassis to receive coachwork by Touring, the famous Milan-based coachbuilder and was first displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1960, then shown later that year at the Torino Motor Show in November. The car remained in Maserati ownership throughout 1961, during which time it was used to test an experimental 3.8-liter V-8 engine.
It was eventually sold to a member of the Orsi family and fitted with the Tipo 103 Lucas fuel-injected five-liter V-8. In 1965, the 5000 GT was again returned to Maserati, where it was rebuilt to special order for Prince Abdel Majid bin-Saud of Saudi Arabia.
Owned by notable American and European collectors since the 1980s, the partially restored 5000 GT is being offered (Estimate: $700,000 – $900,000) from a respected Maserati collector who has owned many of the finest coachbuilt road cars of the 1950s and 1960s.
Full auction details can be found via this link.
Images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company, photography by Mike Maez
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