However motoring historians of the era saw the 3500GT as more than just a replacement, instead representing the gradual evolution of Maserati from the racing car manufacturer to fully fledged road car builder.
Immensely stylish for the times, the 3500GT was Maserati's first model that was designed to be produced in commercial quantities.
Responsible for the beautiful body design was Giovanni Michelotti, lead designer for the Turin based workshop Vignale, who would go on to enjoy a long and fruitful working relations ship with Maserati.
The front end was similar to the A6G/2000, although containing a recessed egg crate-patterned grille with round trident insignia in the centre.
Grilled air intakes were installed on the lower cowl and an air-scoop in the hood. The design was the work of Giulio Alfieri (Maserati's chief engineer).
The release and market consolidation of the 3500GT was, in fact, a major triumph for Maserati, with the new model going on to form the basis for several later models, enhancing the company's reputation and providing confidence and financial ability to start building some real supercars to take on Ferrari. Maserati did not just emphasise speed, but marketed their cars on opulence as well, making for a more inviting environment than you would find in an equivalent luxury sports car of the era.
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