Rare Rides: The Stunning 2009 Maserati Quattroporte Wagon Has Passion, Flair, and NSFW Wheels
Our last Rare Ride was a true bespoke vehicle — a one-of-one Rolls-Royce coupe which drew mixed opinions from our readers. But we’ll have none of that today, as I expect only passionate and flair-y discussion once you’ve reviewed this beautiful Maserati Touring Bellagio Fastback.
The elegantly named Bellagio Fastback was constructed from a standard 2009 Maserati Quattroporte sedan, with design and construction executed by Superleggera Touring.
The company decided to make four examples of the shooting brake, breaking from the Italian tradition of completely ignoring British people and the wagon-type things they create from their inferior British-Leyland vehicles or whatever. The vehicle was ordered by Italian financier and ex-Ducati president Dr. Carlo Bonomi for use around his Italian estate.
And might I say, Dr. Bonomi has excellent taste. Finished in a dark metallic green, the overall look here is one of style and substance. While the standard Quattroporte in its first generation was quite a looker, surely this wagon will get gawks of admiration from the plebs as you growl past.
And growl you will, because the 4.2-liter V8 engine familiar to many other Maserati models is still present.
Another vehicle highlight is the sexy wheels: color-matched Borrani Bimetals. I can’t think of a more suitable wheel choice for this vehicle.
Interior accommodations have received an upgrade here as well. The rear seats recline due to the available space in the luggage area, and there is a champagne cooler back there as well.
Sticking to functionality concerns, there’s a removable dog barrier and a concealed compartment to house a pair of shotguns. In summation: this Italian custom-built V8 wagon is for drinking, shotguns, and your dog. Are you on board yet?
This example is not currently for sale, so you’ll have to track down one of the other three. RM Sotheby’s (do I know someone who works there now?) auctioned the car in 2013 for just over $131,000 USD.
[Images: RM Sotheby’s via Classic Driver]
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