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Car For Sale: Unique 1959 Maserati 3500 GT By Frua

Car For Sale: Unique 1959 Maserati 3500 GT By Frua

This was Frua’s take at the 3500 GT and Maserati didn’t like it but we do

The Maserati 3500 GT is, arguably, Maserati’s first stab at building a mass-market grand tourer that could challenge both Ferrari as well as its British peers. Many coachbuilders submitted designs to Maserati before the 3500 GT was put into series production and Pietro Frua came forth with proposals for both a fixed-head coupe as well as a convertible.

This very car was his idea of a topless 3500 GT and it is unique because, as it happened, Maserati chose Vignale’s design instead. The car is back on the auction block after previously being among the headliners at Monterey in 2017.

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Maserati Granturismo Spyder spied again

Maserati Granturismo Spyder spied again

The Italian sports car builder Maserati is planning to unveil a drop top version of the Granturismo sports coupe this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The open air GT car will feature the same exterior characteristics as the hardtop, not that the significantly camouflaged GT spyder test mule is any indication of that. The Maserati Granturismo Spyder will go on sale sometime early in 2010 and is expected to be priced at around $130,000.

One of the questions that remains to be asked is whether or not the next GT will have a hard roof structure or if it will be of the cloth variety, thanks to the thick black covering, it looks like we won’t know until Frankfurt. What we do know is that like most Italian works of automotive art, the new Spyder’s body was designed by the fashionistas at Pininfarina and will use the same basic architecture as the fixed roof Granturismo and Quattroporte sports saloon from Maserati. The Granturismo Spyder will also use the same series of high revving 4.3 Liter V8 engines that make 405 HP just like the standard model.

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The new Maserati Spyder will have a canvas roof

The new Maserati Spyder will have a canvas roof

The great debate has finally been resolved. Whether to go hard or soft, the Italian sports carmaker Maserati’s future Spyder will have a canvas roof. Taking a look at what they have learned from the Ferrari California, a model that is apparently not meeting its sales target. The trident wearing sports carmaker has decided to go the same route as their competition, the Bentley Continental GTC.

The rag top Maserati Spyder will be powered by the same 4.2 Liter V8 pumping out 405 HP and 440 HP in the 4.7 Liter S-trim, as in the coupes. As usual, the finished product will be penned by Pininfarina. This is always a good idea for FIAT.

The question is, will the diversification strategy put in place by FIAT pay off? This is a good opportunity to test a strategy and avoid head to head competition. In an economic climate that has reached the luxury segment, will consumers opt for a less expensive option? We will all have to wait and see when the next generation Maserati Spyder makes its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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Maserati Spider rendering

Maserati Spider rendering

Of the two models Maserati is working on (a smaller car that will compete with models like the Porsche Boxster and a Spyder version of its GranTurismo) the GT Spyder is the easiest to imagine. After all just take the current GranTurismo and chop off the top.

There’s nothing new rumored to be going on underneath the skin either. The spyder is expected to share architecture with the Quattroporte and utilize a 399 hp 4.2-liter V8, just like the hardtop version. But the fact there’s no improvements doesn’t matter, it’s still a beautiful Italian. In fact, its a topless beautiful Italian. So we will be first in line at 2009 at the Frankfurt Auto Show to try and find out more.

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Maserati Granturismo Spyder spy shot

Maserati Granturismo Spyder spy shot

Maserati has a lot on its plate for a small car manufacturer. There are rumored plans for new "S" sport models GranTurismo, a GT Spyder version, a new baby coupe and sedan, as well as its already shown off a racing version of the GranTurismo. The Italian boutique Italian firm has so many projects going on, we sometimes question if it will be able to go through with them all. So we are a little comforted to see progress being made on one of the more obviously needed projects, the GranTurismo Spyder.

The spy shot shows a car with a metal folding hardtop, but according to Car Magazine spacial requirements for the trunk require a cloth roof in production. Car’s closer inspection confirmed there will be back seats in the GT’s Spyder (something that was deleted on the 3200 and 4200 drop-top models.)

The new Spyder is designed by Pininfarina and will use the family architecture of the Granturismo and Quattroporte. It will use the same the same 4.2- and 4.7-litre V8 engines. Expect to see an almost finished version in late 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show with sales to begin in 2010.

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Maserati Spyder spy shots

Maserati Spyder spy shots

AutoCar caught testing the future Maserati Spyder at the Nuburgring in Germany. Like the California, it’s based on a shortened version of the Maserati GranTurismo platform. It even gets a metal folding roof that’s similar to the new Ferrari’s.

Under the hood there will be the same 399bhp 4.2-litre V8 found under the bonnet of its larger GranTurismo sibling. And of course it will get the same six-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The Spyder’s front-end is likely to share design cues with the GranTurismo; notably its sharply tapered, aggressive headlights.

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Maserati GT Spyder - photo renderings

Maserati GT Spyder - photo renderings

If you was wondering how the next Maserati GranTurismo Spyder will look like, CWW made a little photoshop and showed us how they imagine will do. Not bad at all I might say.
The Maserati GT Spyder will be powered by a 4.2 litre V8 engine delivering 405 bhp and will feature a 6-speed ZF automatic transmission. It will also feature a retractable hard-top.

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2008 Maserati GT

2008 Maserati GT

At the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, Maserati will unveil a replacement for the current Maserati Coupe/Spider. The GT will go on sale in early 2008 at an estimated price of $110.000. Maserati is considering the new GT a competitor for the Porsche’s latest 911 models and Mercedes SL.

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