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Maserati marks 60th anniversary with special editions

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Maserati is marking the 60th anniversary of its first production car, the Maserati 3500GT, with two special editions – the GranTurismo and GranCabrio.

The 3500GT made its debut at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show laying the foundations for today’s Maserati range.

It was a ground-breaking car for Maserati with more than 2200 units sold in both coupe and cabrio versions.

This figure was impressive for the time given the fact the cars were made completely by hand in the Modena plant.

Only 400 examples of the special edition cars will be produced for sale worldwide, based on the GranTurismo and GranCabrio Sport.

Unique features include the New Rosso Italiano three-layer paint for the exteriors, reinterpreting the red of Fangio’s Maserati 250F – the F1 champion in 1957.

The wheels are MC-design 20 inch alloy wheels with a new glossy black finish that matches the Special Edition logo centre wheel caps.

The interiors have also been re-imagined: the new interior design revolves around Poltrona Frau leather or leather/Alcantara upholstery and new interior stitching available in four different combinations.

Other distinguishing features include are carbon fibre door sills featuring the Special Edition logo and the numbered plate on the central tunnel with a carbon fibre holder.

Both special editions are powered by one of the most captivating engines of all time, a 4.7 litre 338kW normally aspirated V8.

It’s coupled with a 6-speed MC Auto Shift gearbox,  Skyhook adjustable suspension, Brembo brakes and an exhaust system that remains fully open to provide the full V8 experience at all times.

The V8 propels the Maserati GranTurismo Special Edition to 100 kmh in 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 298 km/h – where the law permits.

The Maserati GranTurismo Special Edition is priced from $309,990 while the Maserati GranCabrio Special Edition has a recommended retail price of $349,990 – both prices exclude on-road costs.