More than just a handsome face, the Maserati Sebring has a direct connection with such historic names as Sterling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, and of course, the famed Florida race track.

In the 1950’s, not even Ferrari could touch the workmanship and performance of Maserati.  And their GP cars were simply among the best, as Fangio ended his last four career championships with the triumphant Maserati 250F.

Moss and the Maserati 250F

Moss and the Maserati 250F

On the back of Fangio’s incredible wins, Maserati began leveraging their track successes on road cars, the first being the Maserati 3500 GT, which later became this car, the Maserati Sebring.

1963 Maserati Sebring

1963 Maserati Sebring

Penned by Michelotti, Carozarria Vignale was chosen to transform the 2+2 design into reality.  Fit and finish were unmatched in this hand-built steel-bodied Grand Tourer, while underneath, a tube frame chassis connected body and drive train.

Sebring Details

Sebring Details

 

Maserati Twin Plug Motor

Maserati Twin Plug Motor

With a twin plug ignition, the 2.5-litre fuel injected in-line six produced 235bhp and 0-60 mph came up in just 8.5 seconds, and the ZF 5-speed transmission made long distance European cruising effortless.  With a top speed of over 135MPH, in 1959, Maserati wisely adopted front disc brakes and continued them throughout the Sebring Series cars.

Careful details make the interior the GT of its time with adequate back seating and a voluminous trunk that could easily swallow a week’s worth of luggage.

Maserati Sebring Dash

Maserati Sebring Dash

Power Windows

Power Windows

Adequate Rear Seats

Adequate Rear Seats

Luxurious, stylish, the Maserati Sebring made Jeromy Clarkson’s all time top 100 list.

This particular 1963 Sebring is one of only 348 Series 1 cars built in and was delivered new to Bologna, Italy.

After its original delivery in Italy, it was purchased by Joe Turley, then Chief Engineer at Buick, who owned it for over twenty years until his death.

Bits and pieces of things were changed along the way, including the installation of Weber carburetors, but a few years ago, Skip McCabe of McCabe Automotive Restoration in Mundelein, Illinois, fully restore the Maserati to its factory configuration.

It was refinished in its original color combination of Amaranto with a new interior featuring black Connolly leather and Wilton wool carpets.

The car was purchased by its current owner two years ago, and it has remained in his collection in the Midwest ever since. In his custody, the restoration has been well preserved, and the car has been maintained as necessary.

I spent some time behind the wheel of this Sebring.  Delightful to drive, this car is a wonderful alternative to a Ferrari 250 Series car like the PF coupe.

At Continental AutoSports in Hinsdale, IL., stop by for a test drive and tell them Dave sent you…

 

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