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1959 Maserati 5000 GT (Touring)

Maserati 5000 GT (Touring), 1959 - 'Shah of Persia'
Maserati 5000 GT (Touring), 1959 - 'Shah of Persia'
Maserati 5000 GT (Touring), 1959 - 'Shah of Persia'
Maserati 5000 GT (Touring), 1959 - 'Shah of Persia'
Maserati 5000 GT (Touring), 1959 - 'Scia di Persia'
Maserati 5000 GT (Touring), 1959 - 'Scia di Persia'
Maserati 5000 GT 'Scia di Persia' (Touring) - 1959 Turin Auto Show
Maserati 5000 GT 'Scia di Persia' (Touring) - 1959 Turin Auto Show
Maserati 5000 GT (Touring), 1959 - Interior
Maserati 5000 GT (Touring), 1959 - Interior
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While Reza Khan Pahlavi, the Shah of Persia was taking delivery of his 5000 GT (#103.002) in Teheran, Maserati were diplaying a similar 5000 GT 'Scia di Persia' (#103.004) at the Salone di Torino. This car was purchased by Basil Read, a South African businessman. Two 5000GT were built this year – both with Touring bodies.

Maserati 5000 GT (#103.010), 1961 - was the third Touring built car that was re-manufactured for Prince Abdel Majid Bin Saud in 1965. (renumbered as #103.090)
The Maserati 5000 GT sports car was truly a car 'Fit for a King', for it was the Shah of Persia, now Iran, who instigated the concept of this true supercar.

When in 1958 the regulatory body of motor sport, the FIA, decided to reduce the maximum engine size for the World Sportscar Championship to 3000cc, Maserati, who had had a real championship contender in the 450S, were left with several 5-litre V8 engines on their hands.

In 1959 the Shah, a great Maserati enthusiast, commissioned a road going sports car with the 5-litre race engine. Maserati decided to mount the engine in a modified 3500GT chassis. This car became known as the 5000GT 'Shah of Persia' and gave rise to a limited production of 'custom made' 5000GTs.

The term 'custom made' can easily be applied to this model for no two cars were identical even if some of the differences were only minor. Some of the world's richest and most influential people wanted to own a 5000 GT most notably the Aga Khan, Italian industrialist Giovanni Agnelli and American multimillionaire sportsman Briggs Cunningham.

The most common, if you can call 22 out of a total production of 34 cars built between 1959 and 1965 common, 5000 GT was the car with coachwork by Allemano. Allemano's 5000 GT was conservative in design when compared with the other examples by Touring (3), Frua (3), Monterosa (2), Pinin Farina (1), Ghia (1), Michelotti (1) and Bertone (1) but still oozed class.


Вскоре после того, как компания Maserati освоила серийное производство "3500GT", она прекратила свое участие в спортивных соревнованиях. Причиной тому трагедия, произошедшая с одним из ее 4,5-литровых автомобилей на этапе чемпионата мира среди спортивных машин в Каракасе (Венесуэла). К этому несчастью прибавились огромные финансовые потери на заказе технологического оборудования для спортивных машин.

В результате у Maserati остался небольшой, но очень ценный запас двигателей V8 для гоночных машин "450S". Это подтолкнуло компанию к созданию автомобиля "5000GT" с данным мотором. "5000GT" представлял собой сочетание 5-литрового двигателя V8 с четырьмя распредвалами и заимствованной у "3500GT" ходовой частью, получившей передние дисковые тормоза.

Так появилась первая дорожная модель Maserati с V-образным 8-цилиндровым двигателем, впервые показанная на Туринском автосалоне 1959 г. и поставленная на производство в октябре того же года. Кузова для нее поставляли лучшие итальянские фирмы. Больше всего кузовов - 22 штуки - изготовила Allemano ("Аллемано"), по 3 поставили Touring ("Туринг") и Frua ("Фруа"), 2 - Monterosa ("Монтероза") и по одному - Ghia, Pininfarina, Michelotti ("Микелотти") и Bertone ("Бертоне"). Варианты от Allemano и Frua отличали блок-фары – большая экзотика в то время.

Такие изготовленные вручную автомобили, чрезвычайно дорогие и очень скоростные, быстро подняли международный авторитет компании Maserati. Она стала признанным производителем суперавтомобилей. Maserati 5000GT конкурировала с Ferrari V12. Продавалась она по огромной цене. Всего выпустили чуть больше тридцати штук. Первый экземпляр достался иранскому шаху, все остальные были раскуплены «сливками» общества, которых не отпугивала неприлично высокая стоимость данного автомобиля. Кузов шахского автомобиля был создан миланской фирмой Carrozzeria Touring. Делался он из алюминия.
Source: www.classiccarcatalogue.com; www.maserati-alfieri.co.uk; avtoclassika.com
Coachbuilder: Touring
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