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Japanese Car Auction Finds: Maserati Gran Turismo

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Along with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage I wrote about the other day, the Maserati Gran Turismo has to be one of the most elegantly designed cars available today. Notice that I did not say it is necessarily the most exciting, or the most cutting-edge. Just as is the case with the Aston, the elegance comes from the excellent proportions and the sense of “poise”.

The Gran Turismo updates the modern Maserati styling cues from the Quattroporte and applies them to the two-door format. The result is that the already reasonably attractive Quattroporte is completely eclipsed by this sportier model. And despite the 2-door design, it still retains a decent amount of cabin space for its two plus two seating arrangement.

This one at auction in Japan is the “base” model with a mere 405 horsepower engine, which is still sufficient to pull it to 60 mph in 5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 178 mph. More than enough for the autobahn and, to be honest, pretty excessive on Japan’s crowded streets.

Looking at the previous sales history for a very clean grade 5 with just 15k KM on the clock, I would think this one will sell for around 10 million Yen.

(c) Integrity Exports Co. Ltd. – Japan car auction buyer and exporter.

Japanese Car Auction Find: 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Cabriolet

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 7th, 2011

It is hard to know what to do with a car like this: It’s V8 engine begs you to drive it hard, preferably down a switchback road above Monaco (although this one probably spent more time at traffic lights in Shibuya, Tokyo), but on the other hand it is an amazing piece of automotive artwork that you just want  to walk around and savor. The rear is particularly well done, which is a good thing from the non-owner’s perspective as this is what most people will end up looking at as it cruises past with absolute ease.

This particular white Vantage Cabriolet is a 2008 model that is coming up for auction in Japan next week (January 11th). With an overall grading of 5, this particular one is a RHD model in absolutely immaculate shape with just under 7,000 KM on the clock. The fact that it is RHD is quite unusual even though Japan is an RHD country and Aston Martins are from the UK, which is another RHD country. The thing is a lot of higher-end non-Japanese cars in Japan are actually LHD for the “snob value”.

(c) Integrity Exports Co. Ltd. – Japan car auction buyer and exporter.