Pick of the Day: 1972 Maserati Indy

The Maserati Indy is a low-mileage car said to be in excellent condition
The Maserati Indy is a low-mileage car said to be in excellent condition

One of the most beautiful four-seater coupes ever produced was introduced by Maserati in 1969, the streamlined Indy designed by the great Giovanni Michelotti for Vignale. A more-accommodating alternative to the fabulous Ghibli, the Indy was conceived as a fast luxury transporter for long-distance touring.

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1972 Maserati Indy in the striking color combination of Arancia (a pale orange) with a black leather interior. The St. Louis, Missouri, dealer advertising the Masser on ClassicCars.com describes it as being in “spectacular condition.” Continue reading

Maserati Ghibli heads Mecum’s flagship sale in Florida

The 1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder after its $920,000 sale | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder after its $920,000 sale | Mecum Auctions photos

A Maserati Ghibli Spyder led Mecum’s auction of just under 2,000 collector vehicles during the mammoth sale last week in Kissimmee, Florida, considered to be the biggest annual collector car auction in the world. With nearly 2,700 vehicles offered, the auction boasted a 75 percent sell-through rate and a total of $86 million in sales, not including auction fees.

The Road Art auction that accompanied the collector car sale had a 93 percent sell-though, with 1,260 pieces of automobilia, parts and collectables sold for a total of $2.5 million, not including fees.

Additionally, ticket sales were up 20 percent compared with last year, the auction house reported, and a record number of page views during the 10-day event were garnered on its website.

Mecum had a record number of ticket sales
Mecum had a record number of ticket sales

But the overall results were down from last year’s.  Sales totaled nearly $95 million with the buyer fees added, compared with the year-ago record number of more than $100 million with fees added. The 2016 auction was boosted by million-dollar-plus results for two Hemi-powered Plymouth ‘Cuda convertibles and a Dodge Challenger Hemi convertible, which added about $6.6 million to the bottom line.

This year, there were no seven-figure cars. The top-selling 1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder hammered at $920,000. The bright-yellow Maserati was followed by a 1967 Chevy Corvette 427 convertible, the only-known 435-horsepower Vette originally painted black with a blue interior, that went for $775,000. All reported Mecum results are hammer prices without buyer fees.

A modern supercar, a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, reached third-highest at $625,000, while a famed 1963 Chevrolet Impala Z11 race car with the nickname “Old Reliable IV” went for $525,000. A specially equipped 1957 Chevrolet Corvette “Big Brake Airbox” was hammered at $450,000.

The top-10 sales for Mecum’s annual Florida auction were:

1. 1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder at $920,000
2. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible at $775,000
3. 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at $625,000
4. 1963 Chevrolet Impala Z11 “Old Reliable IV” at $525,000
5. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Airbox at $450,000
6. 1963 Pontiac Catalina Swiss Cheese at $430,000
7. 1980 BMW M1 at $400,000
8. 1963 Chevrolet Impala Z11 at $340,000
9. 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition at $327,500
10. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe at $300,000

(All Mecum sales results are hammer prices without auction fees)

Mecum’s next sale is its inaugural Los Angeles Auction, held February 17-18 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. For information, visit the Mecum website.

Pick of the Day: 1967 Maserati Mistral

1967 Maserati Mistral on display at the 2016 Cobble Beach concours
1967 Maserati Mistral on display at the 2016 Cobble Beach concours

Between 1963 and 1970, Maserati produced the Frua-designed, Maggiora-bodied Mistral — a few more than 800 coupes and 125 Spyders. Pick of the Day, a 1967 Mistral, is one of only 189 coupes carrying the optional 4.0-liter version of the road-going version of Maserati’s straight-6 Grand Prix racing engine. Continue reading

What Andy likes at Auction America’s Hilton Head auction

Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos
Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos

This marks the second year for the Auctions America Hilton Head auction held as part of the Hilton Head Motoring Festival.  Just as last year’s, this sale literally has something for every kind of collector regardless of interest.

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Pick of the Day: 1974 Maserati Merak

The Maserati Merak is a rarely seen mid-engine Italian exotic
The Maserati Merak is a rarely seen mid-engine Italian exotic

During the 1970s and ’80s, mid-engine Italian sports cars offered amazing looks, strong performance and tremendous curb appeal. These cars were racing derived by their layout alone, and by the high-strung Italian engines that powered them.

One major drawback they have, besides high service costs, is the lack of driver comfort. There is, however, an Italian exotic from that era that offers amazing comfort: the Maserati Merak.

The Merak's interior is roomy and comfortable for two
The Merak’s interior is roomy and comfortable for two

The Pick of the Day is a 1974 Maserati Merak that the seller, a classic car dealer in Marina Del Rey, California, describes as in good driver condition. Continue reading

Musty Maserati ‘barn find’ heads for Gooding Scottsdale auction

The 1962 Maserati Spider Vignale is a rare model in 'barn-find' condition | Gooding photos
The 1962 Maserati Spider Vignale is a rare model in ‘barn-find’ condition | Gooding photos

Enid, Oklahoma, doesn’t seem like the sort of place where you might unearth a rare and valuable coachbuilt Maserati convertible, but that is where this dusty “barn find” was discovered after at least 20 years stored inside a private garage.

In as-found condition and still wearing British license plates, the 1962 Maserati 3500 GTi Vignale Spider will be auctioned during Gooding & Company’s sale January 29-30 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Continue reading

Supercars star at Russo and Steele in Newport Beach

The Porsche Carrera GT on the block at the Newport Beach auction | Russo and Steele
The Porsche Carrera GT on the block at the Newport Beach auction | Russo and Steele

Three modern supercars from three different continents led the bidding at Russo and Steele’s third annual Newport Beach auction, which reported a 71 percent jump in total sales compared with year-ago figures.

In preliminary results, the auction reported sales of $7.2 million, which is $3 million more than the total for the 2014 event. Continue reading

Classic Profile: Maserati wins 1939 Indianapolis 500

Wilbur Shaw in the Maserati 8CTF at Indy | Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Wilbur Shaw in the Maserati 8CTF at Indy | Indianapolis Motor Speedway

In 1938, Ernesto Maserati developed the Maserati 8CTF to compete with the likes of Mercedes and Auto Union on the European GP circuit. Although not particularly successful on the Continent, the car gained fame stateside with a historic victory at the Indianapolis 500. Continue reading

Maserati, Ferrari prototypes set for RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction

The 1968 Ghibli Spyder prototype was used by Maserati as a show car | RM Sotheby’s photos
The 1968 Ghibli Spyder prototype was used by Maserati as a show car | RM Sotheby’s photos

Two significant Italian sports-car prototypes, the first Maserati Ghibli Spyder and the original U.S.-spec Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, will be offered by RM Sotheby’s at its Monterey auction in August.

The 1968 Ghibli is documented as the first Spyder built, with some key differences from production models. The convertible, with VIN 1001, features styling by Ghia and wears its original color combination. Continue reading

Historic ‘time capsule’ Maserati racer to Gooding sale

The 1956 Maserati sports racer retains its original factory engine and bodywork | Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding
The 1956 Maserati sports racer retains its original factory engine and bodywork | Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding

A groundbreaking 1950s Maserati sports racing car driven by some of the greatest names in motorsport history headlines Gooding & Company’s classic car auction in March at Amelia Island, Florida.

The 1956 Maserati 200 SI, the first car built on the 200S chassis, has an illustrious competition history as a works development car and factory team racer.

Gooding describes the Maserati as being in “time capsule” original condition.

The purity of this 200 SI race car is unparalleled for this era.”

“Boasting an outstanding racing record, chassis 2401 participated in all the great European and South American events during its racing career, capturing podium finishes at Nurburgring, Napoli, Caracas and Bari,” Gooding says in a news release. “It has competed in many renowned races, including the Cuban Grand Prix, Mille Miglia, Monza, Targa Florio, Grand Prix of Rome, and driven by famed racing drivers Stirling Moss, Jean Behra, Guiseppe Musso, Luigi Bellucci and Piero Taruffi.”

In more-recent years, the Maserati has competed successfully in key vintage racing events as well as concours showings; it won best in class at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

Despite all that track activity through the years, the Maserati remains in essentially original condition, Gooding says: “Retaining its factory-delivered engine, chassis and bodywork, the purity of this 200 SI race car is unparalleled for this era.”

The pre-auction value estimate for the Maserati is available on request from Gooding, but judging by the soaring values for such historic competition cars from Europe, the bidding should go well into seven figures.

“With substantial and thorough documentation, extensive competition history, beautiful, purposeful patina and its distinctively exposed original bodywork, this 1950s two-liter racing car will be a coveted offering among all Amelia Island auctions,” Gooding states.

The Gooding auction starts at 11 a.m. on March 13 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. For more information, see goodingco.com.