The first car in the Tipo 103 series, was the Scia of Persia, delivered to Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who had been impressed by the Maserati 3500. He commissioned Maserati's chief engineer Giulio Alfieri to utilize a slightly modified 5-litre engine from the Maserati 450S on the 3500GT's chassis. Carrozzeria Touring developed the superleggera tubing and aluminum body of the two-seater coupe. The second car, also by Touring, was displayed at Salone dell'automobile di Torino 1959. Specifications were
- Maserati 450S-derived V8 cylinder, four-OHC, 4937.8 ccm litre,
- four 45 DCOE Weber carburetor engine (340 bhp at 5500 rpm),
- mechanical Magneti-Marelli ignition, dual spark plugs and dual fuelpump
- 4-speed ZF (later 5-speed)
- Front discs, rear drums (later all-discs)
In 1960 the engine got Lucas fuel injection (325 bhp). After three bodies by Touring, the main body partner since 1960 became Carrozzeria Allemano which did 22 of the cars. Other builders were Pietro Frua (3), Carrozzeria Monterosa (2), Pininfarina (1), Ghia (1), Michelotti (1) and Bertone (1). At least one convertible Allemano was made.
The 5000 GT was sold at prices around USD 17000 (twice the cost of a Maserati 3500), and in many respects individualized to the desires of its celebrity buyers, including Aga Khan, Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli, sportsman Briggs Cunningham, actor Stewart Granger, Ferdinando Innocenti, Basil Read, count Giuseppe Comola, and president Adolfo Lopez Mateos. Over time, some of the cars were added to Alfredo Breners collection, that was auctioned in 2003.
- Maurice Khawam, Maserati 5000 GT - A Significant Automobile.
- maserati-alfieri.co.uk on the 5000
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