The launch of the new 3500 GT at the Geneva Motor Show in 1957 further emphasized Maserati’s commitment toward strengthening its line of GT cars. Stretched thin due to participation in a trio of different sports car classes as well as Formula One racing, the company needed a commercial success to stay on its feet and continue its success in racing. The 3500 GT was intended to provide just that.
Utilizing the company’s proven inline six-cylinder motor that now had 3.5 liters of displacement, the car delivered at a time when it was needed most and proved to be the success Maserati was looking for. Nearly 2,000 examples were produced over the course of eight years, a massive number for a company previously known for its hand-built, low-production sports cars.