The market is changing. In 1957 the 3500 GT road car model announces the transition of Maserati to series production. The standardized bodywork designed by Touring is elegant and modernized, with a lowered tail making an angle with the cockpit.
Before this change of strategy, Carrozzeria Zagato had equipped twenty A6G/54 chassis, one third of the total for that model. These berlinettas in the lightweight technology developed by this coachbuilder were the high end, inviting for the use in GT competition.
One of these cars began its career with an accident at the Mille Miglia in 1956. At the end of 1957 it was sent back again to Zagato for repair after another accident in competition. A few months later Elio Zagato's brother damaged the bodywork during a test.
Zagato replaces this body with a model that will remain unique and will be the last work done at that time by this carrozzeria on a Maserati : it retains the double bubble stiffener in the top while imitating the less bulky forms designed by Touring for the 3500 GT.
This Maserati Zagato berlinetta has retained its original engine and its 1958 body. It is estimated $ 4.3M for sale by Gooding at Pebble Beach on August 24, lot 37. Here is the link to the press release. The image is shared by Wikimedia with attribution By Rex Gray [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons