This rare 1961 Maserati 5000 GT Coupe BarnFind will cross the block at RM Monterey, 15-17 August! The ninth example of 34 built and the only example with coachwork by Ghia, this 5000 GT was displayed at the 1961 Turin Auto Show, finished in its original color combination of silver over black.
The car found its way to an enthusiast in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s, where it sat unmoved for decades, long thought to have been lost. After his death several years ago, his heirs brought the car inside to prevent further decay. Arabic spray paint on the side of the door marked it as abandoned and due to be scrapped, but thankfully it was saved just in time.
The 5000 GT is in remarkably complete condition and would be an ideal example to restore to its former show-car glory. Remnants of its original silver and subsequent blue paint are visible. Original pencil drawings from Ghia can be seen on the inside of the driver’s-side door panel where the leather has peeled back, and the original glass remains in excellent condition. Although difficult to read, the odometer shows just 15,561 km.
As a one-off coachbuilt example of Maserati’s ultimate road car, it is eagerly awaiting its return to the limelight.