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Celebrity 6-Pack: RM Sotheby’s lands Maserati collection for London sale


The collection

RM Sotheby’s has added a collection of six rare Maseratis to the docket for its London auction, scheduled for September 5. Several of the cars have ownership histories certain to pique the interest of those interested in celebrity vehicles.

For example, the 1962 Maserati 5000 GT originally was sold to Alfredo Belponer, owner of the Scuderia Brescia Corse Racing team, who drove it to the 1964 Italian Grand Prix, and then sold the car to singer Antonio Ciacci, otherwise known as “Little Tony.”

1962 Maserati 5000 GT

RM Sotheby’s said the car “was understood to have been owned by Joe Walsh,” yes, of The Eagles. 

Ken McBride of Seattle acquired the car in 1988 and had it restored and displayed at Pebble Beach in 1999. He sold the car in 2002 to Ian Wade of Hong Kong who eventually sold it to the current owner, who displayed it at Salon Prive in 2010 and the Maserati Centennial Gathering in 2014.

1972 Ghibli SS 4.9 Spyder by Ghia

The 1972 Ghibli SS 4.9 Spyder is one of only four with right-hand drive and originally was delivered to the former Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. 

The 1974 Quattroporte was one of only two produced and this one with coachwork by Frua. The car was specially built for and sold new to the Aga Khan, Iman of Nizari Ismailism. 

1974 Quattroporte by Frua

Also part of the collection are a 1972 right-hand drive Bora and a pair of Ghibli SS 4.9 coupes, a 1970 and 1971 (both? right-hand drive) with long histories of Australian ownership. 

The ’62 5000 GT and ’72 Ghibli SS both have pre-auction estimated values of more than $1 million.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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