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Maserati Sebring

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Maserati Sebring
Maserati
aka Tipo 101/10
Production 1962 - 1969
591 produced
Class Grand Tourer
Body Style 2+2 coupé, 2-seat spyder
Length 175.98 in (4470 mm)
Width 64.96 in (1650 mm)
Height 51 in (1295.4 mm)
Wheelbase 98.42 in (2500 mm)
Weight dry: 2645.5 lb (1200 kg)
Transmission ZF 5-speed
optional Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic, Rear wheel drive
Engine 3.5 litre (3485.3cc) Inline-Six, Lucas direct fuel injection
1964-1966: 3694.4cc
1967-1969: 4012.2cc)
Power 235 hp @ 5500 rpm, 260 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
245 hp @ 5200 rpm, 253 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Similar Ferrari 250
Aston Martin DB4
Designer Alfredo Vignale

Maserati Sebring was a 2-door coupé and convertible made by Maserati of Italy, based on the Maserati 3500, aimed at the American Gran Turismo market. The car was named 3500 GTiS, «S» named after the 12 Hours of Sebring racing victory (1957).

The Series I (Tipo 101.01, 348 made 1962-65) was shown at Salon International de l'Auto 1962 and Salone dell'automobile di Torino 1963. Contemporary tests revealed 137 mph and 8.5 seconds 0-60 mph. Except a different body (not Superleggera from Carrozzeria Touring), the Maserati 3500 technical setup was used. A notable feature was the availability as an option of automatic transmission by Borg-Warner. Although automatic transmissions were by this time par for the course in America and well-established in Britain, the Sebring was the first Italian car offered with an automatic gearbox.

In 1965, a lengthened stroke gave the Tipo 101.S10 (or 3700 GTiS) featuring a 3694.4 ccm (245 mph) engine. The same year also offered the Series II (Tipo 101.10, 243 made 1965-69), which had minor visual changes resemblant of the Quattroporte. It increased the 185x15 to 205x15 Pirelli tyres.

In 1966 started the Tipo 101.A10 series (called 4000 GTiS) using a 4012.2 ccm engine that gave 255 [email protected] rpm. This model continued in production until the end of the decade, when Maserati were forced by financial constraints to rationalise their range and dropped their older models from production.

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