Maserati 5000GT Coupe by Michelotti

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5000GT Coupe by Michelotti





Maserati 5000 GT (1959–1965) were thirty-two 2-door coupé automobiles, made by Maserati of Italy.

The first car in the Tipo 103 series, was the Shah 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 a Shah of Persia by Touring, was displayed at Salone dell'automobile di Torino 1959

Specifications for the first 5000 GT were: Maserati 450S-derived V8 cylinder, four-OHC, 4937.8 cc, Lucas mechanical injection or four 45 DCOE Weber carburetor (325hp at 5500 rpm), mechanical Magneti-Marelli ignition, dual spark plugs and dual fuel pump, 4-speed ZF (later 5-speed). Front discs, rear drums (later all-discs)

In 1960 the engine got some modifications: received a displacement of 4940cc with a bigger stroke and a smaller bore and were fuel injected; in the new configuration engine As such, the roster of individuals who purchased a 5000 GT new was quite extraordinary and included Giovanni Agnelli, the Aga Khan, and Briggs Cunningham, in addition to the Shah. Of course, all this extravagance came at a price—nearly twice that of the 3500 GT. The 5000 GT was bodied by eight different coachbuilders; with just 34 examples produced, this was an automobile with few peers and perhaps best directly compared with Ferrari’s incredible Superamerica models.developed 340 bhp. The fuel injected 5000 GT was shown at the 1960 Salone di Torino.

After the first two bodies by Touring, the main body partner since 1960 became Carrozzeria Allemano which did 22 of the cars, designed by Giovanni Michelotti. Other builders were Pietro Frua (3), Carrozzeria Monterosa (2), Pininfarina (1), Ghia (Sergio Sartorelli) (1), Giovanni Michelotti (1), Bertone (Giorgetto Giugiaro) (1) and Carrozzeria Touring (2 more).

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