Press Release

Date

29 Nov 2019

Maserati celebrates the 60th anniversary of the launch of the 5000 GT 2+2 coupé at the Turin Motor Show

Modena, 29 November 2019 – Sixty years ago, the 5000 GT, a 2+2 coupé, was presented at the Turin Motor Show and was the undisputed star of the event.

Maserati now celebrates the anniversary of this extraordinary car, built to the specific request of the Shah of Persia, Reza Pahlavi.  Just 34 cars of this model were built at the Viale Ciro Menotti plant in Modena, with bodywork added by Italy's top coachbuilders of the period.

Reza Pahlavi, the then Shah of Persia, and a great enthusiast of high-performance sports cars, test-drove a 3500 GT towards the end of 1958 and was delighted with it. However, he requested an increase in performance, and Giulio Alfieri, Maserati technical director at the time, realised that the car would have to be completely redesigned to satisfy this prestige customer's demands.

The resulting AM103 project, continued through during 1959, and was in effect a new car and not merely a customisation: the heart of the design was the V8 engine of the 450S (the famous Maserati racing barchetta), with its bore increased to upgrade its displacement to almost five litres.

The 5000 GT, a prestigious  2+2 coupé, was born.

The car, of which the first bodywork was built by Carrozzeria Touring, was launched at the 1959 Turin Motor Show, and received the nickname "Shah of Persia” in honour of this unique customer. Only three of that special version were ever produced.

The next year, in 1960, the 5000 GT was exhibited on the stand at the Geneva International Motor Show, with a few revisions to the engine.

The most interesting fact of the Maserati 5000 GT was that it was built with bodywork by almost all the leading Italian coachbuilders of the time: from Allemano, Pininfarina, Monterosa, Ghia, Bertone and Frua, not to mention Michelotti for Vignale.

Its great success led to the production of a number of cars for prestige customers including Prince Karim Aga Khan (car with bodywork by Carozzeria Frua), Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli (Carozzeria Pininfarina), industrialist Ferdinando Innocenti (Carrozzeria Ghia), film star Stewart Granger (Carrozzeria Allemano) and Mexican President Adolfo López Mateos (Carrozzeria Allemano).

Maserati confirmed its ability to create a prestigous product, delivering exclusive elegance, impeccable functionality and absolute comfort, combined with thrilling performance.

The 5000 GT was a VIP's car, in terms of both exclusivity and performance. Due to its extremely distinctive character and high cost, the total number of cars built was limited to just 34.

Technical Details

Model

Type 5000 GT

Production period

1959/1964

 

 

Engine

Eight cylinders, V - 90°

Displacement

4937,8 cc (from 1960: 4941,1 cc)

Bore and stroke

98,5 mm x 81 mm (from 1960: 94 mm x 89 mm)

Power

325 HP a 5500 rev/min. (from 1960: 340 HP a 5800 rev/min)

Compression ratio

8,5:1

Valves train

Dual overhead camshafts per bank

Valves

Two per cylinder

Ignition

Double with two Marelli or Lucas distributors

Engine lubrication

Forced with pressure pump

 

 

Clutch

Dry twin discs

Gearbox

Four speeds + R (from 1963: five speeds + R)

 

 

Frame

Tubular

Front suspensions

Coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers

Rear suspensions

Semi-elliptical leaf springs and telescopic shock absorbers

 

 

Brakes

Power-assisted front discs and rear drums

 

 

Wheelbase

2600 mm

Track

Front 1390 mm ; Rear 1360 mm

 

 

Body

Two doors Coupè, 2+2 seats

 

 

Dry Weight

1500 Kg

 

 

Max. Speed

260-270 Km/h

 

Maserati S.p.A.

Maserati produces a complete range of unique cars with an amazing personality, immediately recognisable anywhere. With their style, technology and innately exclusive character, they delight the most discerning, demanding tastes and have always been an automotive industry benchmark. Ambassadors of this heritage are the Quattroporte flagship, the Ghibli sports sedan, the Levante, Maserati’s very first SUV, and the GranTurismo and GranCabrio sports cars. A range complete as never before, with petrol and diesel engines, rear and all-wheel drive, the finest materials and outstanding engineering.  A tradition of successful cars, each of them redefining what makes an Italian sports car in terms of design, performance, comfort, elegance and safety.

For further information:

MASERATI

Maria Conti – Head of Brand and Communication -  maria.conti@maserati.com
Davide Kluzer – Product Communication Responsible - davide.kluzer@maserati.com 

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