But for a real old-money glamour among those who have seen and done it all? A vintage exotic has few peers — it is so inherently extra, superfluous and special.
This breathtaking 1963 Maserati 3500 GTi certainly impresses at all times.
More than external vainty, though, the 3500GT makes you feel quite special inside. That gorgeous oval grille with oversized Trident badge as large as a dinner plate. The somewhat upright glasshouse shape for the 2+2 cabin, formal nose and tail, and yet innovative performance and real speed (at the time…).
Its beauty and effortless elan make it a seminole getaway car for dozens of films and real-life adventures of its era. Even Ian Fleming mentions Bond driving a 3500GT Spyder briefly in the book of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. It would be 1989’s License to Kill before Bond drove a Maserati as his hero wheels… but the villainous appeal of the 3500GT is very intact in person in 2016.
All that being said… this 3500GTi — like most original cars its age — is not flawless. The Touring Superleggera bodywork shows some cracks in its thick oil-based paintwork. The chrome might need a re-shine or even a re-dip to glow like new. And the cabin’s soft almond leathers both feel — and smell — like they have seen a few butts in their lifetime.
The blatt of those long pipes in back will make it all worthwhile, however, once this orange beauty is out on the open road.
This 3500GTi goes across the block at Mecum Kissimmee Florida’s massive car auction this week.