An almost unique Maserati 5000  was among one of the main talking points  at the recent Gooding & Company's Geared Online Scottsdale Edition auction held in late Janauary 2022.

The particular variation is one of only three produced  by renowned coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera of Milan, Italy
Distinguished by its unusual façade strongly reminiscent of Maserati's series 250Fs dominant on the Grand Prix circuit of the late Fifties and early Sixties.

the 5000  made its debut at the  Geneva Motor Show in March 1960. Ever aware of public opinion, Maserati held back release until the Torino Motor Show in November 1960, after some modifications.

After the show, Maserati continued to keep the  5000 close to their chest for another few months as they searched for the ideal powertrain, eventually fitting a 5.0-litre fuel-injected V8, making the  5000 the first Maserati production car to be V8 powered.

At this point, the Maserati 5000 Touring fell into the category, albeit for a short time,  of the world's fastest and most expensive production car.

The same engine would go on to power such Maserati production cars as the Indy, Khamsin, Kyalami and  Mexico, among a few others.

In 1965, the Maserati underwent another refit to meet the requirements of its new owner  Prince Abdel Majid ben-Saud of Saudi Arabia.

Reporetedly the Prince moved the Maserati on sometime during the Eighties, after which it changed hands a number of times till it arrived at its current owner, a well-known collector of top-end classics.

The Maserati 5000 has been put up for auction in partially restored condition, having been totally repainted in its original  Azzurro Vincennes shade, looking particularly spectacular alongside its black leather upholstery.

Bidding was brisk for the Maserati, which was eventually sold for $924,000- making for the most expensive vehicle sold at the online auction - less than the speculated figure of one million dollars, but still a record for the model at auction.

Online auctions are becoming increasingly common in the Covid age , with Gooding & Company presenting an imposing list of top-end classics from the UK, Europe and the United States.

This year’s auction, the second to be held, was described by the organisers as an outstanding success, with total sales of just less than seven million dollars  for the week, with 50  out of the 57  vehicles entered sold, most of them reaching their reserve and more..

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