Cotswold Classic Car Restorations are delighted to be acting as agents for the sale of 33 DYM. This Maserati 3500 GTi has a provenance like no other. As the Maserati press car it was used for the 1962 British motor show and was also featured in Autosport by Gregor Grant, along with other various comparison tests and magazine articles at the time.
This matching numbers car being the press car was bristling with features including disc brakes all around. The enormous history file includes the original buff log book and many thousands of pounds worth of receipts dating back decades from the famed Maserati experts McGrath showing this car has always had the right people working on it. There is also included in the history file a black and white photograph showing Roy Salvadori testing it at Silverstone. The vehicle has several notable owners, including the composer Geoffrey Burgon who instigated a number of works to the car which culminated in a respray using the original Italian Lechler paint in the original body colour and a full re-trim again in original colours. These works were completed by Cotswold Classic Car Restorations to the expected high standards they have become famed for. Geoffrey Burgon’s widow, the noted musician Jacqueline Kroft, inherited the car and only sold it to its current owner when she relocated to London.
A copy of the original Autocar road test is included in the history file which makes for interesting reading. Below are some extracts from the article dated 24th August 1962, written by the noted journalist Gregor Grant.
“Where the Maserati scores in the application of components, and the superb standard of development attained. For example, the Girling disc brakes fitted to the car have been brought to a state of efficiency which is the result of a great deal of experimental work. Notwithstanding servo assistance, they are the smoothest and most powerful brakes that I have ever experienced on a passenger car, providing a safety factor of immense value on such a fast road vehicle.
Having driven the carburettor version on the Continent, I was able to compare the 3500GT a inezioe with the Weber-equipped machine. In every way the car is transformed”.
“The suspension is very good indeed, and the Maserati technicians are to be complimented on bringing a rigid rear axle design to such a high state of efficiency”
“One of the most delightful features of the 3500GT is the all-sychromesh, five speed gearbox. This is practically foolproof in operation, providing extremely rapid changes up and down, and having ideal ratios. The clutch with its flexible coupling, is commendably smooth and completely judder-free.”
“The interior is in keeping with the car’s thoroughbred appearance, and the seating is as comfortable as one could wish.”
“All in all, this car offers high-speed travel with luxurious comfort, and is one of which Officine Alfieri Maserati can be proud. It is, of course, expensive, but the kind of person who will go in for a 3500GT realises this full well. It is not a competition machine, but the long experience of the Modena concern in the construction of racing cars has been incorporated in one of the most fascinating big high performance cars of our time.”
Most recently 33 DYM has been featured in a comparison test against a DB4 in the August issue of Classic & Sportscar written by the highly experienced author Martin Buckley. Mr Buckley concluded this comparison test with these words: “If you feel jaded by the continual hype that surrounds the Aston marque and the ‘60s model in particular – you will feel naturally disposed to finding the Maserati prettier, or at least less familiar. Today, thanks to the mystical ‘Aston tax’ (and the exploits of a certain fictional secret agent), this DB4 could command well over double the £200,000 that it would take to part the fully restored Maserati from its current owner. Such a price differential is obviously nonsense but it must make the 3500GT some sort of bargain. “
The condition of the car’s interior trim and exterior paint work look and feel as fresh as you would expect, the engine bay is clean and tidy with the engine showing good compression on all cylinders, always starting eagerly with never a sign of smoke or dubious rattles but importantly retaining a wonderful sense of originality, having not been subject to an interfering full nut and bolt rebuild that so many are subject to today. The interior is freshly re-trimmed and feels very designer whilst smelling Connolly. The exterior design with its large centre grill, gentle sloping rear screen, plenty of bright work integrating unique design details and with a purposeful stance makes this very rare car photogenic from any angle.
In short this is a unique opportunity to own not only a rare RHD Maserati 3500GTI but to own 33 DYM and hopefully to continue adding to its history and enjoying all it has to offer as one of the finest original classic GT's ever built.