Maserati 5000 GT
|Maserati 5000 GT|
The Shah of Persia, body by Carrozzeria Touring.
33 units 
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door coupé|
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 use 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 coupé. 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 (325 bhp 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 was modified: the displacement increased to 4940cc with a bigger stroke and a smaller bore, with fuel injection added. The new engine 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).
Reza Pahlavi's or the first 5000 GT, front three quarters
In 1961 Bertone made a 5000 GT, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. The car had a Tipo 104 chassis and a different engine, therefore purists don't qualify it as a true 5000 GT.
The 5000 GT was sold at prices around US$17,000 (twice the cost of a Maserati 3500), and in many respects individualized to the desires of its celebrity buyers, including Karim Aga Khan, Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli, sportsman Briggs Cunningham, actor Stewart Granger, Ferdinando Innocenti (Ghia-bodied 5000 GT), Basil Read, count Giuseppe Comola, and president Adolfo López 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. ISBN 978-0-9715215-5-1.
- Maurizio Tabucchi, Nel segno del Tridente. ISBN 978-88-7911-259-8.
- Michael Sedgwick & Mark Gillies, A-Z of Cars 1945-1970, Haymarket Publishing Ltd, 1986, page 122
- Nebiolo, Gino (1 November 1959). "Colori e linee gentili delle auto richiamano signore e profani". La Stampa (in Italian). p. 5. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
- Bernabò, Ferruccio (10 March 1960). "Il Salone di Ginevra quest'anno batte per ampiezza tutti i primati". Stampa Sera (in Italian). p. 9. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
- "L'Aga Khan compra auto a Modena". La Stampa (in Italian). 24 June 1960. p. 5. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
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