1961 Maserati 3500 GT Frua Coupé


1961 Maserati 3500 GT Frua Coupé

1961 Maserati 3500 GT Frua Coupé

Two Maserati 3500GT chassis were shipped to workshops of Pietro Frua for distinct Coupé Speciale bodywork. The design was very similar to the A6G Allemano Coupe with double headlights and unique details. Later Frua used the design for the Quattroporte series of cars and a unique 5000 GT.

Our feature car is only one of two Frua Coupés and the only surviving example. Chassis AM101.1496 was first delivered in red with light brown Connolly leather interior to Jacques Bordier in Switzerland.

By 1976 the Frua Coupé had made it was stateside. In 2001 John Bookout did extensive research to determine the car’s first chassis number. Not long afterward it was subject to a thorough restoration by Chris Charlton of Oxford, Maine for a debut at the 2011 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

The car was offered for sale at the the 2012 Scottsdale Auction by Gooding & Co. They achieved a result of $297,000 USD.

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In Detail

tags Maserati 3500GT
submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at Italy
production 2
engine Inline-6
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
fuel feed 3 Weber 42 DCOE Carburetors
displacement 3485 cc / 212.7 in³
bore 86 mm / 3.38 in
stroke 100 mm / 3.94 in
compression 8.5:1
power 164.1 kw / 220 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 63.13 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 152.78 bhp per tonne
torque 344.38 nm / 254.0 ft lbs @ 3500 rpm
body / frame Aluminum Body over Steel Tube Frame
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Steel Discs
front tires Pirelli 6.50×16
rear tires Pirelli 6.50×16
front brakes Hydraulic Drums
front wheels F 40.6 x 14.0 cm / 16.0 x 5.5 in
rear wheels R 40.6 x 14.0 cm / 16.0 x 5.5 in
steering Worm & Sector
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Girling Shock Absorbers
r suspension Live Axle w/Longitudinal Leaf Springs, Girling Shock Absorbers
curb weight 1440 kg / 3175 lbs
wheelbase 2600 mm / 102.4 in
front track 1390 mm / 54.7 in
rear track 1360 mm / 53.5 in
length 4780 mm / 188.2 in
width 1760 mm / 69.3 in
height 1300 mm / 51.2 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.00:1, 1.84:1, 1.30:1, 1.00:1
top speed ~230.1 kph / 143.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~7.6 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~22.5 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~15.5 seconds
fuel capacity 75 litres or 19.80 gal

Maserati 3500 GT Coupe Speciale Frua Auction Sales History

1961 Maserati 3500 GT Frua Coupé

1961 Maserati 3500 GT Coupe Speciale Frua AM101.1496 – sold for $660,000 The sole survivor of two cars built in 1961 to this striking Frua design. Formerly owned by John Bookout and Keith Duly. Beautiful show restoration by Duly and Chris Charlton. Original build documentation. A fascinating “baby 5000 GT”. Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions