Any idea what it will go for?I chatted with the owner a couple of weeks back. It’s now gone back from the auction house to Meridien so they can patch it up to get it through its MOT before the auction.
The history does stack up. But it needs cosmetic work.
I think it’s a decent car from what I’ve been told. £3k or so on bodywork so long as it’s not rotten and it’s a >£20k car. I reckon it’ll reach about £12-13k.Any idea what it will go for?
With bodywork issues isn't £7,500 a bit generous?
Although I can't see Meridien doing a 'patch up' job.
My wife would definitely divorce me as I promised not to buy a toy until we have bought a new house.some people might say that would be a bonus, the wife has threatened to divorce many a time after spending kids inheritance on motors
How the bidding go?I think prices for these are Crazy for you! And with the recent Holiday should turn the corner? Prices do seem Frozen though! Once these engines spin up they are Borderline Erotica and Music to my ears! Not sure I need to Justify My Love for them really because my Papa Don't preach about Italian cars but I don't want to get Hung Up. My max bid shouldn't be Miles Away and I hope that the result will be a Celebration. By the way South West Auctions... This used to be my playground!
Thanks Ewan, I went down to see it last week and had a really good looks at the history, amazing spend by previous owner.Well, including commission and VAT the Ghibli went for £15k. Far too much for a car that's lived outside on a Chelsea street every day for the last 20 years and is in a very poor state of cosmetic condition. If the new owner (who was next to me in the bidding room) takes it down the road to Emblem I suspect he's in for a rude financial awakening!
Anyway, fingers crossed it gets saved before it rots away any further. With something like a £10k spend on bodywork, paint, leather and wood trim it could be a nice example.
Thanks for the detail Ewan, great insites, am new to the classic car world so learning lots as I go.The 1999 cars are actually the best built, with the best bits. When Ferrari finally took full ownership of Maserati in 1997 they closed the factory when seeing how antiquated it was. They then updated it and prepared it for the 3200 production (and the QP IV Evo). When it re-opened, they had enough bodies, engines etc for a few more cars, and the UK ended up with 14. You can tell these not only by their 1998/9 registrations, but more importantly by the high level brake light (in the roof lining).
This green car is the model to buy, and had perfect history. But the fact that it had lived outside its entire life, and had already required two bouts of welding, played against it. But if it goes to right specialists and a decent budget is set, it could be a lovely car once again. Will the new owner make that commitment I wonder?