" Some cars are ripe for modification, and some should be left alone. But in the middle of these polar opposites, a huge grey area lies. Maserati's eighties coupé the Shamal is one of those cars that on the one hand "
Maserati Bellagio Fastback
It’s no secret we’re into shooting brakes – or estates, station wagons – whatever you want to call them. We like the gentlemanly fusion of style and utility that these cars represent. And in terms of practical steeze – it’s hard to beat the Maserati Bellagio Fastback.
Just four of these gorgeous creatures were produced by Touring, the famous Milano coachhouse – and this particular example was apparently created especially for Italian financier and ex-Ducati President Dr Carlo Bonomi.
The rump car was that Quatropporte – with an 395 hp, 4,244 cc DOHC V-8 engine, six-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs, double wishbones and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Apparently the bodywork was typically painstaking and the beautiful interior win tilting rear seats with a longitudinal adjustment, a fridge to keep the champagne chilled, and two seven-inch headrest monitors.
There’s also a dog barrier in the back, as well as a concealed rear gun compartment that can hold two pairs of the finest shotguns. RM auctons recently sold the car for Euro117K. Bargain, we reckon.
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