Company AF “Grand automotive” the official distributor of Maserati in Ukraine, a structural unit of UkrAVTO Corporation, shows that sixty years ago, 5000 GT, 2 + 2 coupé was presented at the Turin motor show and was the favorite of the event.
Maserati is celebrating the anniversary of this unusual car designed by special request of the Shah of Persia Reza Pahlavi. Only 34 cars of this model were produced at the Viale Ciro Menotti plant in Modena, with a body of the leading companies for the production of bodies of that time.
Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Persia was fond of sports cars and test car, the 3500 GT in 1958, was delighted with his performance. However, he wanted a more powerful engine. Giulio Alfieri, who was technical Director of Maserati, decided that the car needs to be completely changed to meet the need of this prestigious client.
Development lasted during the whole of 1959 and the resulting project АМ103 the car was brand new model and not just a form of customization. He received a superior five-liter V8 engine from a race car the Maserati 450S. So there was a premium car of the legendary 5000 GT, 2+2 coupe.
The first car body that was made Studio Carrozzeria Touring, was presented at the motor show in Turin in 1959, and received the unofficial title of “Shah of Persia”, in honor of the unique customer. Total produced three versions of this car.
In 1960 the engine got some changes: slightly increased the volume to 4941,1 cm3 with a large swing and a smaller channel for the fuel injection; in the new configuration, the engine had a capacity of 340 HP the Updated car presented at the Turin motor show 1960.
The most interesting fact of the Maserati 5000 GT was that it was built in the back from the leading Italian manufacturers of the time: Allemano, Pininfarina, Monterosa, Ghia, Bertone, Frua, Michelotti.
The car was a great success and was later produced customized for many famous people, including: Prince Karim Aga Khan (the car in the back Carozzeria Frua), Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli (Carozzeria Pininfarina), actor Stewart Granger (Carrozzeria Allemano), the President of Mexico, Adolfo lópez Mateos (Carrozzeria Allemano), businessman Ferdinando Innocenti (Ghia Carrozzeria).
Maserati has confirmed its ability to create a prestigious product that provides exceptional elegance, impeccable functionality and absolute comfort combined with exciting characteristics.
The 5000 GT was the car of VIP, both from the point of view of exclusivity and performance.
Due to its very distinctive character and high value, the total number of cars produced was 34.
|Model||Type 5000 GT|
|The period of production||1959/1964|
|Engine||Eight-Cylinder V – 90|
|Engine size||4937,8 CC (1960: 4941,1 CC)|
|Power||325 BHP at 5500 rpm./min (1960: 340 HP at 5800 about./min.)|
|The compression ratio||8,5:1|
|Track||Front 1390 mm ; Rear 1360 mm|
|Dry weight||1500 kg|
|Maximum speed||260-270 km/h|
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