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Lot 342 - 1965 Maserati Sebring Series 2

One of Four RHD Examples

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£194,440

Auction “True Greats” December 2015
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Lot Number 342
Reg. Number EU Registered
Chassis Number AM101/10/011
Year 1965
Make Maserati
Model Sebring Series II

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Introduced in 1962, the Sebring was one of the final manifestations of the landmark 3500GT, which had been the linchpin of Maserati’s programme to establish itself as a manufacturer of road cars. Despite numerous racetrack successes that included Juan Manuel Fangio’s fifth World Championship – at the wheel of a 250F – and runner-up spot in the World Sports Car Championship with the fabulous 450S – both in 1957, the marque’s most successful season – Maserati was by that time facing a bleak future. Its parent company’s financial difficulties forced a withdrawal from racing and Maserati’s survival strategy for the 1960s centred on switching production from competition to road models.

Introduced in 1962, the Sebring was one of the final manifestations of the landmark 3500GT, which had been the linchpin of Maserati’s programme to establish itself as a manufacturer of road cars. Despite numerous racetrack successes that included Juan Manuel Fangio’s fifth World Championship – at the wheel of a 250F – and runner-up spot in the World Sports Car Championship with the fabulous 450S – both in 1957, the marque’s most successful season – Maserati was by that time facing a bleak future. Its parent company’s financial difficulties forced a withdrawal from racing and Maserati’s survival strategy for the 1960s centred on switching production from competition to road models.

Built on the short-wheelbase chassis of the spyder and likewise styled by Vignale, the Sebring 2+2 coupé arrived in 1962. By now a five-speed gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes and fuel injection were standard equipment, with automatic transmission, air conditioning and a limited-slip differential available as options. Introduced in 1965, the Sebring Series II came with a 3.7-litre, 245bhp engine while some cars left the factory with 4.0-litre units towards the end of production in 1966, by which time 591 Sebrings had been built, around 400 of which were in the first series.

Chassis Number 11 dates from 1965, and is believed to be the first of only 4 Right Hand Drive Series 2 Sebrings manufactured, also, the only known example fitted from new with Borrani wire wheels.

This fabulously original example was purchased by dignitary Prince Zu Hohenlohe from who we understand was its first owner, whilst he was studying in London around 1980. He went on to own his beloved Sebring for the next 35 years, during which he returned to his native Germany.

An unrestored example, in Prince Zu Hohelohe’s ownership it has been painted once, but otherwise remains startlingly original. The bodywork is said to be in excellent condition with no signs of rust, and shows good gaps to the opening panels. Showing just 72,000 miles from new, and finished in silver metallic with a contrasting black leather interior, this lovely GT shows a lovely patina which is unattainable in restored examples.

Offered with a German title and current German TüV documents, this is a wonderful example of a rare and desirable GT car. A  Maserati for the true connoisseur.


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