Outstanding six-car Maserati collection headed to RM Sotheby's
RM Sotheby's will auction away six incredible Maseratis with celebrity connections during their London sale on September 5. Here's why they deserve your attention
A jaw-dropping collection of six rare Maseratis are to be made available in individual bidding lots during RM Sotheby’s London Auction on September 5. Many of the examples have been restored and reside in excellent condition.
Headlining the collection is an Allemano-bodied 1962 Maserati 5000 GT, chassis number AM103 026, presented in red with contrasting black leather interior. A matching engine numbers specimen, the 5000 GT was originally sold in 1964 to Alfredo Belponer – the owner and president of the Scuderia Brescia Corse Racing team.
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Belponer used the car to drive to the Italian Grand Prix that year and soon after, it was sold to Italian singer, Antonio Ciacci, otherwise known as ‘Little Tony’.
In the 1970s, the 5000 GT is believed to have belonged to Joe Walsh, lead singer of legendary rock band The Eagles. The Maserati then landed in Seattle with custodian Ken McBride, who restored the vehicle before it went on display at Pebble Beach in 1999. The GT was sold to Hong Kong based collector Ian Wade in 2002, who kept the vehicle on UK soil as part of his collection before selling on to the current owner.
In addition to Pebble Beach, the 5000 GT has been presented at Salon Privé in 2010, and the Maserati Centennial Gathering in September 2014. The estimated final price is £1,000,000 – £1,200,000. Get your chequebook out...
Next on Bonham’s exotic Maserati showcase is a seldom-seen 1972 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9 Spyder. As a factory right-hand-drive example, chassis number AM115/S49 1251 remains rarer than an honest Brexit politician, and it even has its original engine! It’s believed to be one of only four built.
Originally delivered to the former Emir of Qatar and multi-billionaire Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, this unusual Spyder benefits from a world class concours-standard restoration which has just been completed by McGrath Maserati. Estimate is £850,000 – £1,150,000.
Offered alongside the Spyder are a pair of Ghibli SS 4.9 Coupes. Firstly, a 1970 model reportedly owned by various well-known Australian car collectors – including long term owner Peter Garret – is presented in Rosso Rubino. The car underwent restoration in 1994, followed by another substantial recent renovation by marque experts McGrath Maserati. Currently in rude health and offered in the original left-hand-drive configuration, the estimate sale price rests between £200,000 - £240,000.
The other Ghibli SS 4.9 Coupe is a rare beast. Leaving the factory as a 1971 factory right-hand-drive model, the paintwork is finished in its distinct, original ‘Verde Gemma’ color with tan interior. This Ghibli SS 4.9 Coupe has undergone a restoration at McGrath Maserati and is estimated to sell between £220,000 to £260,000.
Furthermore, a 1974 Maserati Quattroporte with Coachwork by Frua originally delivered new to the Aga Khan, current Imam of Nizari Ismailism, will also be heading under the hammer. Built to special order for the millionaire philanthropist and spiritual leader, Maserati themselves had the car transported to coachbuilder Pietro Frua, where designers took six months to craft the bespoke bodywork. A design of which was applied to only one other vehicle experts estimate a £150,000 - £200,000 auction price.
Last but no means least, the sixth car in the collection is a ‘Rosso’ red 1972 Maserati Bora, chassis number AM117 161. Also with matching engine numbers, this specimen is right-hand drive and carries a pre-sale estimate of £125,000 - £175,000.
Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Auction Manager & Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s Europe, said: ‘This year’s London auction will be all the more diverse thanks to this great range of rare Maserati models. This private collection of Italian exotica offers collectors the chance to acquire something truly rare from Maserati’s unique history.'
'Some models were once owned by royals, rock stars and racing drivers, adding real character to the group. We are especially excited to see how the Maserati collection performs as collectors continue to embrace classic models from the Italian brand as true investment opportunities.’
Alongside the Maserati collection consigned for the September 5 London sale, a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P 400 S – once owned by music legend Rod Stewart, will be joined by a drop-dead gorgeous 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT, which enjoys an iconic film connection.
The Aston Martin appeared alongside English actor and comedian Peter Sellers in 1963’s comedy film The Wrong Arm of the Law. Other notable cars include the Lotus Elite Super 95 gifted to race driver Jim Clark by Colin Chapman in lieu of a salary.
You can view the full lot listings on the official RM Sothebys' website.
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