3 Marvelous Maseratis Are Heading to Auction
It was in December of 1914, that Maserati was officially founded under the premise of building beautiful, breathtaking Italian luxury cars the likes of Europe had never seen. Today, the company is still very much re-inventing the luxury segment—for better or worse—but it’s those iconic classics that leave enthusiasts frothing at the mouth. In the upcoming Bonhams Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction on Sunday, June 15th, three stunning examples of iconic Maserati design and performance will cross the auction block. All three represent the best of the iconic Italian marque. 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Superleggera Coupe Estimate: $170,000 - $200,000
A long name for such a simply beautiful car, the 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Superleggera Coupe signified a sort of revival for the then struggling marque. After a few successful seasons on the circuit, the company was amidst financial issues, thus having to shift its focus from the track to the road.
The 350 GTI Superleggera Coupe was one of the first new vehicles for that new strategy, designed by none other than Giulio Alfieri, the same man behind the iconic Tipo 60/61 Birdcage race car. Under the hood was the six-cylinder engine off the 250F, tuned even further to produce 220 horsepower in its base application. Even newer examples of the 3500 churned out upwards of 235 horsepower with a new Lucas fuel injection system.
The one in question is a survivor; nearly 55-years old and still equipped with the rarely seen Lucas fuel injection system. It runs and drives extremely well, says the auction house, and remains nearly a complete original, aside from an older respray and some minor aesthetic enhancements.
1973 Maserati Bora 4.9
Estimate: $160,000 - $200,000
Ten years after the 3500, still riding high off the successful switch from track cars to road cars, Maserati introduced the now iconic Bora. Taking center stage at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, the Bora was developed to be a mid-engine V8 sports car—following in the footsteps of Ferrari—but without too many of the frills found on exotics of the day.
Italdesign was rung up to conjure this unique look, and the Bora was often—and still is—compared to cars like the BMW M1, DeTomaso Mangusta, and even the DeLorean DMC 12. With a big 4.9-liter V8 introduced in 1973—up from the original 4.7—the Bora became a true Italian GT car. And the one you see here is a perfect example of that.
The car landed in California from Modena, Italy, and was part of bay-area enthusiast Tom Price’s collection since the early 1990s. It was only three years ago that it found its way to a collection in Connecticut, where now it’s set to cross the auction block for the first time.
1982 Maserati Quattroporte III Sedan
Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000
The original Maserati Quattroporte was introduced in 1963. On and off for almost 50 years, it’s been the centerpiece of the Maserati lineup, and has sprung a number of different variants, even some more oriented for the track.
This one comes to us from the not-so-distant past of 1982. One of the more successful years for the Quattroporte, the car in question bore an all-aluminum, evolutionary version of the iconic V8, and was the last version of the Quattroporte ever built by hand in Modena.
This one is a gem; a one-owner, showroom-kept example of the iconic saloon car. It was part of an Oregon collector, Ron Tonkin’s personal stash, where it sat in a showroom since new for the past 30 years. Only 18,000 miles are on the odometer, and it’s probably the cleanest example of the car you’ll ever find.