Maserati’s survival strategy for the 1960s centred on establishing the company as a producer of road cars. The Modena marque’s new era began in 1957 with the launch of the Touring-bodied 3500GT. A luxury ‚2+2‘, the 3500GT drew on Maserati’s competition experience, employing a tubular chassis frame and an engine derived from the Alfieri-designed 350S sports racing car unit of 1956. Suspension was independent at the front by wishbones and coil springs, while at the back there was a conventional live axle/semi-elliptic arrangement. Power output of the twin-cam six was around 220bhp initially; later examples produced 235bhp on fuel injection. Built on the short-wheelbase but otherwise similar chassis of the Vignale-bodied 3500GT spyder, the Sebring 2+2 coupé arrived in 1962. By now a five-speed gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes and fuel injection were standard equipment, while automatic transmission, air conditioning and a limited-slip differential were options. Introduced in 1965, the Sebring 3700 (or Series II) came with a 3.7-litre, 245bhp engine. Some cars left the factory with 4.0-litre units towards the end of Sebring production in 1969, by which time only 242 Series II cars had been made.