The Maserati 5000 GT is a 2-door coupé car made by Italian automobile manufacturer Maserati from 1959–1966. Eight different Italian coach builders produced the bodies for a total of thirty-four vehicles.
The Shah of Persia, the first vehicle in the Tipo 103 series, was given to Mohammad Reza Pahlavi after he had been impressed with the Maserati 3500 during a test drive but had requested a vehicle with a more potent engine.
The 450S racing vehicle driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Jean Behra to victory in the 1957 Sebring 12 Hours provided the Maserati 5000 GT's potent V8 engine. The engine was a 4.9-liter V8 with a 98 x 82 mm bore and stroke. At 5,500 revolutions per minute, it developed 325 horsepower with an 8.5:1 compression ratio. Four disc brakes with servo assistance made up the braking system.
With a top speed of nearly 170 mph (270 km/h) and acceleration from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in under six seconds, performance was unheard of for a road automobile at the time. The first Maserati 5000 GT was created in 1959 as a special order for the Shah of Iran.
Eight different Italian coach builders produced the bodies for a total of thirty-four vehicles. Selling for about $17,000 USD (twice the price of a Maserati 3500), the 5000 GT was in many ways customized to the tastes of its celebrity customers.