Maserati Touring Bellagio Fastback for sale by RM Auctions
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
Rich people converting luxury sedans into station wagons and shooting brakes is something we can get behind. And there are plenty on offer, from Aston Martin and Ferrari, to Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Usually, they're done by Italian coachbuilders who then add plenty of flair, or at least look-at-me flashiness, and sell perhaps a handful to a select clientele.
So when legendary Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera got its hands on a Maserati Quattroporte back in 2009, it created the Maserati Touring Bellagio Fastback. (phew!) The enormously named station wagon shared the same vociferous V8, and most of the body panels, but the roof, rear doors and entire structure aft of the B-pillars was enhanced. Sure, some of the lines must be challenging from some angles, and the armrest-installed cellphone looks straight out of 1997, but bear with us.
Those colour-matched Borrani alloy wheels drove me insane when I first spotted this after its introduction, but four years on and I have to say they've aged well. Not sure about the Forest Green with tan interior, a combination more befitting something from Jaguar or the Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer's littering the streets during my teens.
The car is being put on the block at RM Auctions' event at Villa d'Este in Italy in conjunction with the Concorso d'Eleganze held this coming week.
Of course, the rarity will play into this too - this is one of only four built. The original owner was, according RM's elegant explanation, "Italian financier and former Ducati President Dr Carlo Bonomi" and the car was presented to him "for use on his estate."
That's gotta be nice.
Anyway, while RM figures it'll sell for somewhere between €80,000 to €120,000 (or about $105,000-$150,000 Canadian), it's by far the least-expensive vehicle that'll be up for bidding... Bugattis and Ferraris and MG's, oh my!