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Fifteen Eleven Design enjoyed a successful debut at the esteemed Salon Privé Concours D’elégance (Wednesday 23 September) by securing the runner-up spot in Class J (Post-War Touring – Closed, four-seater) with their stunning restoration of a 1962 Maserati 3500 GT ‘Iniezione’.

The Bakewell based firm is the classic and prestige arm of World Rally Championship team Mellors Elliot Motorsport and has undertaken a wide range of commissions for classic and historic road and racing cars since their inception.

The Maserati project saw a ground-up, comprehensive rebuild of the rare machine, all to a Concours standard by Fifteen Eleven before having the honour of being displayed at the Salon Privé Week held at Blenheim Palace.

The highly prestigious event is regarded as the most exclusive and important Motor Show in the UK and saw a record number of entries for the 15th running of the event. Some of the most iconic and finest motor vehicles and motorbikes in the world converged on the lawns for intense scrutiny and judging by leading automotive experts with only the best examples receiving a sought-after award.

The Fifteen Eleven Maserati was the marques original press car and it was used at the 1962 British Motor Show, test-driven at Silverstone by Roy Salvadori and featured in Autosport by Gregor Grant. More recently the car featured in a comparison test against an Aston Martin DB4 in Classic and Sports Car written by Martin Buckley.

Presented in its original colour combination of Verde Bosco over tan with factory specification Charcoal carpets and quilted leather boot lining, the painstaking restoration included removal of the body from the chassis to allow repair works to be carried out. The Aluminium Superleggera body was stripped to bare metal and repaired before being repainted.

The 3.5-litre engine, Lucas fuel injection unit, 5 speed fully synchromesh ZF gearbox and Salisbury axle were all overhauled during the painstaking restoration which took over two years.

Completed earlier this year, the Italian Gran Turismo was commended by judges to take second place in the Post War Touring class, an impressive feat on a debut visit to the show.

“It is one of the highest accolades to display a vehicle at Salon Privé, so receiving an award on the first attempt makes us very proud indeed,” said Fifteen Eleven Managing Director Chris Mellors.

“The Maserati is a stunning machine and enjoyed a painstaking restoration of the highest quality by the team. Whilst many people may not recognise the Fifteen Eleven name as the brand has only launched this year, our experience in the industry goes back over 40 years so we were able to bring all that together to present the Maserati to the judges. We are honoured to have received the award and look forward to continuing our success throughout further works within the business.”

Image credit: Chicane Media

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