Villa Erba

25 May 2013


Lot 101

2009 Maserati Touring Bellagio Fastback by Touring Superleggera

  • Chassis no. ZAMFD39B000036271

Sold for €117.600

395 hp, 4,244 cc DOHC V-8 engine, six-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs, double wishbones and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 3,064 mm (120.6 in.)

  • Built by Touring Superleggera for Italian financier and ex-Ducati President Dr Carlo Bonomi
  • One of only four Maserati Bellagio Fastbacks
  • Bespoke in the finest “shooting brake” tradition

Bespoke “shooting brakes” have long been a part of the English sports car tradition, with prominent coachbuilders turning powerful coupés into stylish, tailor-made fastback motor cars. Italian manufacturers have rarely addressed the same concept; however, in the case of the Maserati on offer today, they have excelled themselves by selecting one of the most desirable Maserati Sports Touring cars of recent years, and by handing the modifications over to the creators of many of the most beautiful and elegant coachbuilt motor cars of the 20th century, Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, of Milan. One of only four to be built on the Maserati Quattroporte platform in 2009, it was specifically constructed for Italian financier and former Ducati President Dr Carlo Bonomi, for use on his estate.

Unveiled at Villa Erba during the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza in 2008, the Bellagio fastback coachwork by Touring Superleggera has been painstakingly constructed to the highest possible levels. Bespoke features of this, the first example built, include twin tilting rear seats with a longitudinal adjustment, a fridge to keep the champagne chilled, and two seven-inch headrest monitors. In keeping with shooting brake tradition, the Bellagio also includes a dog barrier in the back, as well as a concealed rear gun compartment that can hold two pairs of the finest shotguns. The car has also been updated with 2010 taillights, as well as stunning 19-inch forged Borrani Bimetal wheels. It has been finished in an appropriately understated and elegant shade of metallic forest green with delicate gold coach stripes.

With modern sport cars and touring cars today reaching performance levels unachievable on anything but a race track, then surely bespoke coachwork and detailing is where the future lies for the modern, discerning car buyer. Here is an example of tailor-made design and build quality from two of the greatest names in motoring of all time, Maserati and Touring of Milan.

The new owner of this fabulous carriage can rest assured of being valet-parked in front of any five-star restaurant or hotel he desires, and better yet, also having the most impressive coach whilst on the hunt.

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