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Maserati Sebring (1963 - 1969)

Last updated 17 September 2013

 
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Excellent performance, beautiful styling, fully equipped
Not quite as focused a sports tourer as the Ferrari 250

Introduction

First shown in 1962, and based upon the Maserati 3500GT, the Sebring was a graceful addition to the supercar ranks. Styled by Vignale and mounted on the short wheelbase 3500GTI convertible chassis the Sebring seemed to have it all. Originally, the car was called the 3500GTI, but almost instantly it became the Sebring instead, the name reviving Maserati’s past glories on the racetrack. It was publicised as a 2+2, but rear seat accommodation was really unsuitable for anything other than hand luggage.

Although most of the body was made out of steel, an alloy bootlid and bonnet were fitted, and because the American market was so important to it, the options list was long. Buyers could add air conditioning; radio, a limited slip differential and a three-speed automatic transmission to their Sebrings. Standard equipment was important where it mattered - disc brakes on all four wheels, fuel injection and a five speed manual gearbox. The Series II was introduced in 1965, was powered by a larger 3694cc or 4014cc engines and more power. Externally, cosmetic changes were less noticeable. The quad headlights received hoods; the rear lights were redesigned and the bonnet air intake remodelled.

 

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