The first series of the Maserati Sebring was based on the handsome 3500 GT. It was introduced at the Salon International de l’Auto in 1962 and then again at the Salon dell’ Automobile in Turin the following year. The Sebring was constructed on a tubular steel frame that had been topped with a steel 2+2 coupé body from the pen of Vignale stylist Giovanni Michelotti. Its frontal appearance differed from that of the 3500 GT by the addition of newly en vogue quadruple headlights, which were flanked by a bold grille and Maserati’s traditional Trident emblem. Borrowing a bit from its Quattroporte sibling, new side vents appeared on the front fenders, along with new front turn signals. The bumper design was changed to thin horizontal chrome bars, the tail lamps were revised to horizontal from vertical, and the boot lid was reshaped.
Production estimates vary, depending upon the source. It is believed that no more than 446 Sebring Coupés were built from 1962 to 1967, with 348 being Series I Tipo AM101/Ses and 98 being Series II Tipo AM101/10s. By the end of its run, engine displacement had grown to 3.7 litres and then 4.0 (Tipo AM 106/1). Output from the 3.7-litre, twin-cam, twin-ignition inline-six was 265 horsepower, which was fed by Lucas indirect mechanical fuel injection. A ZF five-speed gearbox directed power to the road through classic original steel wheels. With its steel body and luxurious interior, this was not a lightweight sports car but a true grand routier with a top speed of 240 km/h within reach. It was priced to match, with a U.S. list price of $12,800.