Maserati is considered by many to be a timeless brand, with connotations of prestige, desirability and bespoke design attached to their fleet. Aesthetic design, desirability, rarity and low production volumes are all factors that can lead to high prices at auction; feats that Maserati has seemed to accomplish so naturally over the years, along with their ‘effortless, signature sounding power’, which Maserati credits as their main factor of setting them apart from rivals. Unsurprisingly, Maserati is featured a few times in the top one hundred most expensive cars to sell at auction, and the mid to late 1950’s period is the most prestigious and desired among classic car enthusiasts, with all five of the most expensive Maseratis coming from this era.
5) 1957 Maserati 150 GT
This was a car that started life as an A6GCS sports racing car. It enjoyed an active time on the circuits in 1954, before being modified by the factory to serve as the prototype for the three-litre 300S, Maserati’s contender for the World Sports Car Championship. The development of this model was never finalized as it was just too expensive to build, with the Italian company choosing to opt for a less competition-focused 3500 GT instead. After coming back to glistening condition through intense restoration by marque specialist Steve Hart, the GT Spider sold for a cool $3,080,000 (£2,358,356) at a Gooding & Co auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2013.
4) 1957 Maserati A6G/54 Spider
1957 was obviously a stellar year for Maserati, with not one but two cars from that year of production featured in the list of cars that auction goers chose to pay top dollar for. This car is extremely rare, being one of ten Frua spiders ever produced on the A6G/54 Chassis. The car fetched an impressive $3,300,000 (£2,526,810) at a Gooding & Co auction in Pebble Beach, California last year.
3) 1959 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage
This is a car that was truly built for racing, and took part in several sports car racing events including the highly attended 24 hours of Le Mans endurance classic. The car initially received its nickname ‘The Birdcage’ by using an intricate tubular space frame chassis, containing about 200 chro-moly steel tubes welded together, making the car more rigid and lightweight than other sports cars at the time. The Birdcage sold for $3,520,000 (£2,695,264) at a Gooding & Co auction in Pebble Beach, California in 2012.
2) 1956 Maserati 250F
Number two on the list of the most expensive Maserati’s ever sold at auction is the prestigious 1956 250F. Once a 1956 Italian Grand Prix winner, driven by Sir Stirling Moss, his iconic formula one car has changed hands multiple times in its illustrious life. The 250F was transported to America and then across the Atlantic to England before coming back to the US to be sold at a Pebble Beach auction in 2014 for no less than $4,620,000 (£3,536,610); an auction which was highly anticipated for such a legendary vehicle.
1) 1955 Maserati 300 S
Finally, the highest price ever paid for a Maserati automobile can be credited to the 1955 Maserati 300 S. The 300 S is, once again, glorified in racing history, described by Sir Stirling Moss as ‘one of the easiest, nicest, best balanced racing cars ever made’. The car commands legendary status after being co-driven by Bill Spear and Sherwood Johnston in the 1955 Sebring 12-Hours race. The 300 S sold for a world record fee of £4,033,500 at a Bonham’s auction in London in 2013.
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