Back in 2008 no one cared about price and availability; it was enough to know that someone--Touring Superleggera, in this case--could build a custom Maserati Quattroporte-based station wagon without it turning out to be a fugly mess.
Well in 2013, with several economic and financial earthquakes, worldwide Occupy rallies, and thousands of Panameras, Cayennes, and Teslas in the rear view mirror, it's time to take stock of the Touring Superleggera Maserati Bellagio Fastback. And guess what, its value has dropped faster and farther than your house and your pension plan combined.
Basically only four were made, one for each person on earth who actually wanted one enough to pay for it. And four years on, one of those four just sold at auction for €117.600, or roughly 3x the resale value of a run-of-the-mill 2009 Quattroporte. That price includes an armrest with a chain, like the door to a root cellar; and this lovely, leatherwrapped garment rack across the back, absolutely free!
But there are intangibles, too, which you can't put a price on:
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.Meanwhile, that sound you hear is the Sultan of Brunei marking all his custom wagons to market.
Villa Erba, May 25, 2013 Lot 101: 2009 Maserati Touring Bellagio Fastback by Touring Superleggera, Sold for €117.600 [rmauctions via dt auctionshark dt]
Previously: Bellagio Fastback: Finally, A Maserati Cinqueporte I Can Get Behind