An Important Maserati Sale
A forthcoming auction of important and exciting Maseratis.

August 15-16, 2003 Monterey Sports Car Auction

DoubleTree Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California, USA.


Houston Businessman Alfredo Brener To Sell His Assemblage of Rare Grand Touring Maseratis, August 15-16, 2003

BLENHEIM, Ontario, Canada (July 17, 2003) - As part of its 2003 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction, August 15-16, 2003, RM AUCTIONS will offer discriminating buyers a selection of impeccably restored, coachbuilt Maseratis from the personal collection of businessman and avid Maserati enthusiast Alfredo Brener. Ten cars from the extensive Brener collection, all coachbuilt examples from Frua, Michelotti, Allemano, Moretti and Carrozzeria Touring will cross the block at the Doubletree Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf, during the two-day sale.

I would like to thank Terrance D. Lobzun of RM Auctions for his kind permission to reproduce the images and text from their fine catalogue.

LOT 475

1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder

CHASSIS No AM115S491265

The Maseratiís Ghibli was introduced in 1968, and was Maseratiís answer to Ferrariís 365 GTB/4 Daytona. It proved to be a fine performer and good seller. It was, incidentally, until recently, Maseratiís last frontengined super car.

In 1970, Maserati introduced a Spyder (open) version of the Ghibli, and then Maserati introduced the 'SS' version of the Ghibli, with a more powerful 4.9-liter V8, directly descended from the magnificent 450S sports-racer of 1957, replacing the previous 4.7-litre engine. Performance was now zero to 60 in under six seconds and a maximum speed approaching 160 mph. Giorgio Giugiaro, then design head at Ghia, had penned the Ghibliís gorgeous, clean lines.

The Ghibli SS Spyder offered here is very rare with only 125 being built in either 4.7 or 4.9 liter 'SS' tune. The Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder featured is in excellent, mostly original order both inside and out It was ordered when new by Grossman Motors of Nyack, New York. The car is fitted with power steering and the optional Borrani Wire wheels and is finished in black with tan leather.

Destined to be at the forefront of any collection, this Maserati Ghibli Spyder is extremely desirable to those with a love of the finest and of the last of Maseratiís front-engined super cars in existence.

ESTIMATE US $85,000 - $100,000  /  GB £56,000 - £66,000 (approx.)


LOT 476

1974 Maserati Bora


1974 Maserati Bora As a successor to the excellent, front-engined Ghibli, Maserati introduced in 1971, the Bora, a mid-engined car in the then-current fashion set by Ferrariís Boxer. The Bora used Maseratiís familiar, reliable and powerful four-cam V8, in 4.7-liter form first and foremost, followed by the ZF gearbox. Giulio Alfieri, who had earlier designed the immortal 250F Maserati F1 car, was the designer of the Bora (meaning, African Storm) from Ital Design Studios. The Bora had excellent performance, a slippery shape resulting in a top speed of over 155mph and acceleration and handling were of a high order. In 1973, the Bora was uprated with a 4.9 litre engine, as used in the Ghibli SS, and performance was further increased. A total of 571 Maserati Boras were built.

The restored Bora featured here is finished in the very attractive Fly yellow (Giallo Fly) paintwork with black leather interior. The desirable option of air conditioning is fitted along with all the attractive amenities one would expect from Maserati. Engine bay and chassis are both pleasing to the eye and testify to the carís overall care and maintenance. It is also reported by the vendor that the car handles and drives extremely well. While produced in relatively small numbers and considered highly sought-after, this fast and stylish sports car will make a wonderful addition to any collection.

ESTIMATE US $35,000 - $45,000  /  GB £23,500 - £30,000 (approx.)

HIGH BID: US $44,000 (including 10% buyer's premium)  /  GB £27,700 (approx.) - SOLD.

LOT 477

1966 Maserati Mistral Spyder.

CHASSIS No AM109*S1599

In 1962, Maserati, following on from their successful 3500 GT, commissioned Pietro Frua to design a new body to be placed upon an updated Tipo 109 chassis. This new chassis used square-section to replace the old oval tubing and the result was a much more rigid chassis. This new design was named the 'Mistral', after the cold northerly wind that blows in Southern France. Colonel Simon, the French Maserati importer, suggested this name, saying that the new Maserati, "went like the Mistral!" The 3.7-litre Mistral was to be Maseratiís last car to be powered by the straight six twin-plug per cylinder engine that was descended from Maseratiís 350S Sports-racing car of the 1950s, itself a close relation of the engine that powered Juan Manuel Fangioís Championship-winning 250F Grand Prix car. At the Turin Motor Show in November, 1963, the new Mistral made its debut to universal approval and the resulting orders kept the new Mistral in production until 1970, with only slight updating, the engine being enlarged first from 3.5 to 3.7, and later on enlarged again to 4014cc.

The open (Spyder) version of the Mistral was introduced in 1966 and just 120 were built. Inside, the Mistral was a pure two-seater with an excellent driving position and leather appointments. Top speed was close to 150mph with zero to 60mph coming up in just 6.8 seconds. The Mistral Spyder on offer here was built in June, 1966 and sold directly to the U.S. The first owner was Mr. John Cuccio of Westport, Connecticut. The car is finished in red and has recieved new, custom hand-sewn tan leather seats and door panels fitted. It has new, tan wool carpeting and a correct cloth convertible top. The engine has been completely rebuilt to factory specifications. Brakes and suspension components have also been rebuilt. All the metal components such as chrome and aluminum have been re-finished and polished. The engine compartment has been detailed. It is in outstanding condition and drives as well as it looks. A classic front-engined Maserati, this Mistral Spyder has all the great attributes of the marque: Fast, elegant, comfortable and with excellent road manners to match.

ESTIMATE US $70,000 - $90,000  /  GB £46,000 - £60,000 (approx.)

HIGH BID: US $68,200 (including 10% buyer's premium)  /  GB £42,900 (approx.) - SOLD.

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