1962 Maserati Sebring
Maserati’s hand-built Sixties grand tourers exude an understated quality, typified by this example
This Sebring has had only three owners from new, the first for 31 years, and today remains in very tidy, gently patinated condition. The well preserved interior is original, but the body and engine underwent a complete rebuild in the early Nineties, the body being repainted twice by different workshops within two years.
The paintwork and panels look to be in good overall condition, with straight sides, even shut-lines and no sign of rust. There are a few tiny chips to leading edges, such as the door edges or the side of the petrol cap, but the overall impression is first-rate. The paintwork exudes the more gentle lustre of an older restoration, but nevertheless retains a deep gloss finish.
Likewise, chrome and window rubbers are generally good, with a little cracking in the longer curves, such as the rear window rubber, and one or two pin-prick specks of pitting on the chrome bumpers. Badging is all present.
The engine bay reflects the high overall level of care. The engine looks clean and leak-free, and the car is accompanied by a sheaf of invoices and hand-written records testifying to its maintenance, including many bills from reputable specialists such as Bill McGrath. The original Lucas mechanical fuel injection system has been carefully rebuilt and set up by Cheshire Classic Cars – a nice touch as so many of these cars have been switched to Weber carburettors.
The engine, with two spark plugs per cylinder, fires up readily and settles to an even idle. One satisfying feature of this Sebring is its crisp throttle response and eagerness to pull – the fuel injection system certainly appears to be well-sorted, cruising smoothly and always ready to get back on the power. Water temperature sits around 75 degrees, and oil pressure around 85-90psi on the move.
The steering is precise with no vagueness around the straight-ahead position and the ZF five-speed gearchange is quick and positive – well-matched to the breadth of torque of the big straight-six. Handling is sure-footed and enjoyable, and the ride is supple, with no embarrassing or worrying clunks or wallowing in bends. It’s a beautiful driver’s car.
In proper Italian fashion there’s a niggle in the form of a rather recalcitrant heater fan, but this will be sorted before the car goes to its new owner.
Maseratis may not be as pretty as their Ferrari rivals, with lower values reflecting this, but they often drive much better, as this car demonstrates. Its asking price reflects the Sebring’s place in the Maserati aristocracy as well as this example’s transparent history and sound condition. It’s likely to be a solid and satisfying choice.