2009 Maserati Quattroporte BellagioEnlarge Photo
Wagons are truly a beautiful thing. The long roof creates a wonderfully stretched canvas for the eyes, and the proportions are often perfect. Additionally, wagons offer up extra utility without taking away any performance. As opposed to a crossover or sport utility vehicle the center of gravity remains low, and the fun factor can remain high.
Not everybody feels this way, which is why not every automaker offers up a wagon version of their machines. The wagon lover is forced to find other ways to fulfill wagon fantasies. Enter the 2009 Maserati Touring Bellagio, and we wagon lovers go weak in the knees.
Officially called the Maserati Touring Bellagio Fastback, this long roof is a one-of-four vehicle built for Dr. Carlo Bonomi, the former president of Ducati. Starting with a standard Quattroporte, the Bellagio Fastback was crafted by the coach builders from Touring Superleggera. Under the hood is a 4.2-liter V-8 engine that's good for 395 horsepower and heart-melting noise.
If you fancy this wagon, you're in luck. The car is heading to the RM Auctions block. It's a no-reserve sale and pre-auction estimates see the car selling for between €80,000 and €120,000. That's about $103,000 to $154,000, and we say that's a steal. This is an ultra-exclusive exotic with room to party in the back.
We do mean party too, because the car is outfitted with a champagne fridge, a rear dog barrier, and a concealed gun compartment.
This is money well spent. We need more exotic luxury wagons in our lives.