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Maserati 5000 GT 

Thanks to the success of the 3500 GT, Maserati had been revitalized, which ultimately led to the creation of the 5000 GT. It didn’t take long for the 5000 GT to establish itself as an equally successful model to the 3500 GT as the 5000 GT began to rival Ferrari’s classic 250 GT models. 

5000 GT Genesis 

After the Maserati 3500 GT became a well-known hit, top of the line car enthusiasts such as The Shah of Iran wanted not only the car but an improved version of the car above the standard model. Maserati felt up to the challenge as they began working on a version of the 3500 GT for the Shah of Iran that would become the 5000 GT. 

Chief Maserati engineer, Giulio Alfieri, fit the 3500 GT with an unused 450S motor. The chassis was then fitted with disc brakes, while the exterior of the car was fitted with rakish coachwork as a sign of elegance. 

Once the 5000 GT was created, it was showcased at the Turin Motor Show in 1959. Following the creation of Shah’s vehicle, two more cars were made with identical mechanical design. Designing the first three models of the new Maserati GT’s allowed Alfieri to make the 5000 GT more agreeable with modern driving. 

The car’s bore and stroke were brought to a slightly bigger displacement, while the Weber carburetors served to be replaced by a Lucas fuel-injection system. 

With adjustments made by Alfieri, the 5000 GT became more:

  • Refined
  • Responsive 
  • Sophisticated 

It didn’t take long for numerous high profile individuals to hop on the emerging 5000 GT trend in addition to the Shah of Iran. With all the additions and modifications that a 5000 GT contained, the car sold for nearly double the price of a 3500 GT at $17,000. 

Miracle 5000 GT Survival

With only 34 5000 GT models produced by Maserati, it’s no surprise that coming across even a disheveled version of the iconic car would be worth a pretty penny. For close to 50 years, a 5000 GT model sat parked in Saudi Arabia, slowly wasting away. 

Originally planned to be crushed, the late 5000 GT owner’s family decided to move the car inside. In August of 2019, the rusty 5000 Maserati GT sold for a stunning $533,000. Part of what makes this vehicle remain sought after is the attention to detail. 

Bespoke design and detailing runs heavy through the 5000 GT. 

Gorgeous quad headlights, unique wheel wells, and bespoke bumpers are just a few of the key elements that place the 5000 GT in a league of its own. 

5000 GT Conclusion

With only 34 models of the 5000 GT Produced, the car stands as one of the most desirable vehicles in the world. Maserati designed the 5000 GT for the best of the best. 5000 GT’s serve as a stunning example of Maserati’s design and engineering capability. 

The 3500 GT put Maserati back on the map, while the 5000 GT kept the company in world view. 

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