Finding a super rare and exotic Italian sports car is the dream of many barn finders, but more often than not the discovery of a rare beauty is a mix of excitement and sadness. Most of the Italian barn finds we have come across are in dismal condition and while they deserve to be saved, are likely to cost enormous amounts of money to rectify. This 1965 Maserati Sebring II 4.0l was discovered in a barn where it had been stored for 30 years, but is in a sad state now. It can be found here on eBay.
When we first saw this car we thought the seller was exaggerating about the rust issues, but then we saw the front of the car. The sides and top of the car don’t look all that bad, but the underside is a different story. The seller is at least up front about the severity of the rust, but we wish they would have included photos of the undercarriage. They feel this car would be best used as a parts car, which may be all it’s good for. It would be sad to see it end up parted out, as there were only 98 of these ever built and only a handful came with the 4.0 liter engine.
The majority of the Series II Sebrings came with a 3.7 liter, but a small number were delivered with a 4.0 liter straight six. This twin cam fuel injected six was good for 255 hp and gave this car a top speed slightly over 150 mph.
Given the shape of the car, the interior is surprisingly solid. All the gauges are there and in respectable condition, even the original leather seats could be salvaged. It’s too bad that the previous owner didn’t protect it from the elements better. Given how serious the rust issue appears to be, it likely won’t be saved. Hopefully someone will have compassion on it and give it a second chance at life. Do you think it’s salvageable or should it just be parted out?