1959 Maserati 5000 GT Scia di Persia

As an imperial request from the Shah of Iran, the 5000 GT was built by Maserati as their flagship model. It combines Maserati’s standard chassis with the potent 4.5-liter V8 from the 450 sports race car. Bodied by the best coach builders in Italy, this model became the best Grand Tourer on the market. Famous owners included Fiat-boss Giovanni Angnelli, Briggs Cunningham and King Saud of Saudi Arabia.

1959 was a transitional year for Maserati which positioned the company from producing Maserati race cars to road cars. The 3500 GT was their first real production car and the only on available until the Shah of Iran visited the factory.

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