CUSTOMER SPECIAL – and a Big fan of the high-performance sports, the Shah of Persia, he was fascinated in 1958 by the granturismo coupe, Maserati 3500 GT, elegant sport that owes its name to the engine 6 cylinders 3500 cc. The 3500 GT was pleased so to order a custom Maserati, that in virtue of the importance of the customer carried out a project ex novo: it is the Maserati 5000 GT, known internally with the code AM103, of which the house of the Trident has celebrated in the past few days the 60 years from the presentation, which took place on the 29th of November 1959.
NEW ENGINE, REVISED CHASSIS – The design of the Maserati 5000 GT was brought forward by Giulio Alfieri, the then technical director of Maserati, which he chose for this car is the V8 engine of 4.5 liters of the barchetta racing Maserati 450S, maggiorandone the bore to bring the displacement to 5.0 litres; the power output was 325 HP, become 340 from the 1960’s. The Maserati adopted the tubular chassis of the 3500 GT, but it’s increased width and length in order to accommodate the bulky 8-cylinder engine, is controlled by a transmission 4-speed manual (5-by 1963). The style was entrusted to car designers more in vogue of the era, starting from Carrozzeria Touring, who built a special series of 3 specimens was in fact nicknamed the Shah of Persia, in honour of his illustrious buyer.
Sheath SILHOUETTE with UNIQUE – The Maserati 5000 GT the Shah of Persia has four circular headlights in the wide grille and the fascia of chrome, which give the whole look even more exclusive. They are typical of the Shah of Persia also the bulge of the bonnet, where there is a beautiful view of the the Trident of the Maserati, and the short roof, which makes for a unique silhouette of this car: the pavilion harvest creates an obvious contrast with the pronounced front and rear parts. The 5000 GT the Shah of Persia, followed in subsequent years, other customizations of well-known coachbuilders, including those of the Pininfarina (to buy it was Gianni Agnelli), of the Carrozzeria Ghia (chosen by Ferdinando Innocenti) and Carrozzeria Allemano, ordered by the president of Mexico, Adolfo López Mateos.