(It’s wonderful how comments appear years later that put a picture we’ve posted into context. This was originally titled “Why Couldn’t I Have Been Wally Schirra’s Son?“, a lament on the lack of cool cars I had to wash as a kid. Well, it turns out Wally’s son wasn’t all that lucky either, in terms of the Maserati. Two years later, the following comment was left by FRLIII):
It’s a ’63 3500 GT – Superleggera body. I was the lucky kid who’s dad bought the Maser from Wally Schirra the day this picture was taken.
My mom, dad and fellow Apollo 7 astronaut, Walt Cunningham were standing next to the camera man watching this Life magazine photo shoot. Wally sold the car to my dad because he was afraid his 16 year old son would get himself hurt in it, or possibly worse. Wally had bought it from the first owner, who was also the owner of Churchill Downs. It was an amazing car with an amazing exhaust note. My dad loved it, but mom didn’t enjoy driving it because it had no power steering and “took an acre to turn around”, as she would say. She did wind up owning Walt Cunningham’s Porsche 911S, (also featured in the same Life magazine article as this picture), and thoroughly enjoyed that car, (who wouldn’t). It was an awesome garage with the Maserati, the 911S, a Shelby GT350, and Gus Grissom’s Cadillac Sedan DeVille. Lots of great childhood memories with all these wonderful cars!