1966 Maserati Sebring Series II
1966 Maserati Sebring Series II. 1966 Maserati Sebring Series II. Two months after being manufactured in April 1966, this superb Sebring was sold new by the French importer in Paris. Chassis AM101S*10391* was originally painted in Argento Auteuil and trimmed with blue Connolly leather, and the car has fortunately remained in this wonderful colour combination throughout its life. It is unknown who the first owner was or where they were located, but just ten years later in July 1976 the car was registered to a lady in Toulouse in the South of France. She retained the car until April 1989 when it was sold to dealer in Marseille who promptly sold it to a collector in Paris. Photographs on file show the car in an original and reasonable condition within a warehouse (most likely in Toulouse), with the car still wearing its early style 31 area coded licence plates. A few years later the car was sent to the Modena area of Italy and underwent a body restoration, with the work being completed in about 1995. The car arrived in London to be auctioned at Olympia in January 1996 where McGrath Maserati carried out a brief inspection of the car, and after the auction the car returned to Modena to be mechanically overhauled by specialist Franco Tralli. The car was placed into storage after the work. In early 2001 the current owner decided to acquire a car he had admired for many years as a fortieth birthday present to himself, a milestone he was reaching in October that year. The car within his sights was a Maserati Sebring and after a few months a suitable car was found for sale in Italy; the silver Sebring that will still at Signor Tralli’s workshop. Flights were arranged and a friend recruited for assistance and support, and after inspecting and purchasing the Sebring, the excited new owner drove the car over the Swiss Alps to his home in the west of England. Since the cars arrival in England in the autumn of 2001, all paperwork and documentation associated with the car has been methodically collated in files. Included are copies of the French registration and 1989 sale documents, the forementioned photographs of the car at about the time of its sale in 1989, photographs of restoration work carried out in Italy and in England, many invoices for the work carried out to keep the car in excellent condition both bodily and mechanically, a log summarising the work undertaken during the last twenty years of ownership, and the Maserati Classiche documents. The Sebring has been thoroughly enjoyed by the current owner who has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Maserati Club by participating in both concours events and tours, and winning many prizes along the way. During this time maintenance has been undertaken at regular intervals to ensure the car is as reliable as it is beautiful, and significant works include the Borrani wire wheels being overhauled in both 2003 and 2014, McGrath Maserati overhauling the transmission in 2007, a further body restoration and repaint being completed in 2013, an overhaul of the cars original matching-numbers engine being completed by McGrath Maserati in 2017, and the fitting of new Michelin tyres in 2017. Having seen little use in the past few years the owner has reluctantly decided to part with the car and McGrath Maserati are delighted to be offering it for sale on their behalf. This is a known car in excellent condition and lovely colours, and would be a perfect and enjoyable companion on any road tour around the world.