Major Collector Reviews Vignale 1121
Cold start after sitting for 7 months
This 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder with matching engine and original color combination is one of approximately 240 examples built between 1959 and 1964. It is anyone’s guess as to the number of cars that have survived. Perhaps 60% have been destroyed.
Built by Vignale and designed by the great Giovanni Michelotti who was an Italian freelance designer who died at the young age of 59 in January of 1980.
Michelotti will long be remembered for his timeless classic designs of Ferrari, Maserati Alfa Romeo and dozens of other manufactures he worked with in secret. His Vignale Spyder is proof of his astounding sense of style and scale.
Chassis number AM101.1121 (1121) was ordered on Feb 20th 1961 by Maria Piera Merli Brandini in Fraschetti of Via Della Balduina n.59 in Roma. Maria special ordered the car in “Verde Scuro” (Dark Green) Max Meyer Code 10.550)
Most would call this color “British Racing Green” Only 4 cars were painted this beautiful color.
The car was fitted with brown Connolly leather code PAC.1386, also known as Cognac.
1121 was ordered with 3 weber 42DCOE8 carburetor’s, a 5-speed transmission and disc brakes. It was delivered with Borrani aluminum rims with steel centers and hub caps.
Period correct Borrani Wire wheels were later installed.
The car was built on March 8th 1961 and delivered to Maria on May 31 1961 (sixty years ago) It took 3 months and eleven days to build and deliver.
The declared purchase price was Lire 4,950,000, and registered Roma 461946. Over the next 38 years the car was sold no fewer than 10 times until in 2000 it came to the America and was auctioned by RM and purchased by Symbolic Motors of San Diego.
The current owner Maserati Author, historian and super enthusiast Francis G. Mandarano purchased the car in 2015 and began the process of bringing the car into a very high state of tune.