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The featured car is 1962 Maserati 5000 GT Coupe by Allemano.
As described by rmsothebys.com where this car will auctioned off on January 28th:
- One of twenty Allemano-bodied 5000 GTs produced
- Perhaps the most significant and glamorous road-going Maserati
- Best in Class at the 1997 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Thanks to the commercial success of the 3500 GT, Maserati had been pulled away from death’s doorstep and was beginning to get back on its feet. The 3500 GT challenged Ferrari’s legendary 250 GT models and quickly became highly desirable automobiles to own, drive, and enjoy. It quickly proved to be one of the marque’s most successful models.
Eager to please, Maserati tasked engineer Giulio Alfieri to reinforce a 3500 GT chassis and fit it with an unused 450S motor. The chassis was then fitted with disc brakes, and Carrozzeria Touring was selected by the Shah to clothe the Maserati in rakish coachwork that hinted at the car’s combination of performance and unmatched elegance. Maserati unveiled their newest creation at the Turn Motor Show in November of 1959. Following the Shah’s own car, two more cars were built to identical mechanical configuration.
After these first three cars, Alfieri modified the design to make the 5000 GT more agreeable in everyday road-going conditions, as the 450S engine was famously unruly. To make the powerplant more compliant, the bore and stroke were brought to a slightly larger displacement, while the Weber carburetors were replaced with a Lucas fuel-injection system, and the noisy gear-driven camshafts were replaced with a triple-strand cam-chain. All said, this was a more refined, responsive, and sophisticated powerplant befitting of such an automobile.
Completed by the factory on April 15, 1962, chassis number AM103 040 was originally finished in Blue Sera with a Red leather interior and delivered new to Switzerland through the Swiss Maserati Importer Martinelli & Sonvico of Chiasso. It was subsequently purchased new by Dr. Adriano Gorni, a lawyer also based in Chiasso. It remained with him until 1966 and, at that time, was sold to an unknown owner and exported from Switzerland.
By the 1970s, the car had been imported to the United States via another Swiss Maserati dealer, Garage Ruf-Oftringen. In 1978, it was noted as being in the ownership of Benjamin Bauer of Houston, Texas. Chassis AM103 040 then passed into the ownership of Norbert Reuter of Switzerland, who commissioned Richard Gorman of Vantage Motorworks to refurbish the paint and upholstery and rebuild the motor. In 1997, the car was displayed by Mr. Reuter at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, appearing in the Custom Coachwork – Postwar class, in which it handily won. Following Reuter’s ownership, the car was sold to another collector in the United States and has remained there ever since.
With only 34 examples produced over the course of the car’s production run, the 5000 GT is one of the most compelling cars ever produced by Maserati.