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Maserati celebrates the 60th anniversary of the launch of the 5000 GT 2+2 coupé at the Turin Motor Show

Maserati celebrates the 60th anniversary of the launch  of the 5000 GT 2+2 coupé at the Turin Motor Show

Modena, 29 November 2019 – Sixty years ago, the 5000 GT, a 2+2 coupé, was presented at the Turin Motor Show and was the undisputed star of the event.

-Maserati5000GT-1959MichaelFurman

-Maserati5000GT-1959MichaelFurman

Maserati ahora celebra el aniversario de este extraordinario automóvil, construido a pedido específico del Shah de Persia, Reza Pahlavi. Solo 34 automóviles de este modelo fueron construidos en la planta de Viale Ciro Menotti en Módena, con la carrocería agregada por los mejores carroceros italianos de la época.

-Maserati5000GT-1959MichaelFurman

-Maserati5000GT-1959MichaelFurman

Reza Pahlavi, the then Shah of Persia, and a great enthusiast of high-performance sports cars, test-drove a 3500 GT towards the end of 1958 and was delighted with it. However, he requested an increase in performance, and Giulio Alfieri, Maserati technical director at the time, realised that the car would have to be completely redesigned to satisfy this prestige customer’s demands.

 

The resulting AM103 project, continued through during 1959, and was in effect a new car and not merely a customisation: the heart of the design was the V8 engine of the 450S (the famous Maserati racing barchetta), with its bore increased to upgrade its displacement to almost five litres.

 

The 5000 GT, a prestigious  2+2 coupé, was born.

The car, of which the first bodywork was built by Carrozzeria Touring, was launched at the 1959 Turin Motor Show, and received the nickname “Shah of Persia” in honour of this unique customer. Only three of that special version were ever produced.

The next year, in 1960, the 5000 GT was exhibited on the stand at the Geneva International Motor Show, with a few revisions to the engine.

El hecho más interesante del Maserati 5000 GT fue que fue construido con carrocería por casi todos los principales autocares italianos de la época: de Allemano, Pininfarina, Monterosa, Ghia, Bertone y Frua, sin mencionar Michelotti para Vignale.

-Maserati5000GT-1959MichaelFurman

-Maserati5000GT-1959MichaelFurman

Su gran éxito condujo a la producción de una serie de automóviles para clientes de prestigio, incluidos el Príncipe Karim Aga Khan (automóvil con carrocería de Carozzeria Frua), el jefe de Fiat Gianni Agnelli (Carozzeria Pininfarina), el industrial Ferdinando Innocenti (Carrozzeria Ghia), la estrella de cine Stewart Granger (Carrozzeria Allemano) y el presidente mexicano Adolfo López Mateos (Carrozzeria Allemano).

Su gran éxito condujo a la producción de una serie de automóviles para clientes de prestigio, incluidos el Príncipe Karim Aga Khan (automóvil con carrocería de Carozzeria Frua), el jefe de Fiat Gianni Agnelli (Carozzeria Pininfarina), el industrial Ferdinando Innocenti (Carrozzeria Ghia), la estrella de cine Stewart Granger (Carrozzeria Allemano) y el presidente mexicano Adolfo López Mateos (Carrozzeria Allemano).

Detalles técnicos

 

Model Type 5000 GT
Production period 1959/1964
Engine Eight cylinders, V – 90°
Displacement 4937,8 cc (from 1960: 4941,1 cc)
Bore and stroke 98,5 mm x 81 mm (from 1960: 94 mm x 89 mm)
Power 325 HP a 5500 rev/min. (from 1960: 340 HP a 5800 rev/min)
Compression ratio 8,5:1
Valves train Dual overhead camshafts per bank
Valves Two per cylinder
Ignition Double with two Marelli or Lucas distributors
Engine lubrication Forced with pressure pump
Clutch Dry twin discs
Gearbox Four speeds + R (from 1963: five speeds + R)
Frame Tubular
Front suspensions Coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers
Rear suspensions Semi-elliptical leaf springs and telescopic shock absorbers
Brakes Power-assisted front discs and rear drums
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Track Front 1390 mm ; Rear 1360 mm
Body Two doors Coupè, 2+2 seats
Dry Weight 1500 Kg
Max. Speed 260-270 Km/h

Maserati S.p.A.

Maserati produces a complete range of unique cars with an amazing personality, immediately recognisable anywhere. With their style, technology and innately exclusive character, they delight the most discerning, demanding tastes and have always been an automotive industry benchmark. Ambassadors of this heritage are the Quattroporte flagship, the Ghibli sports sedan, the Levante, Maserati’s very first SUV, and the GranTurismo and GranCabrio sports cars. A range complete as never before, with petrol and diesel engines, rear and all-wheel drive, the finest materials and outstanding engineering.  A tradition of successful cars, each of them redefining what makes an Italian sports car in terms of design, performance, comfort, elegance and safety.

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