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Huge US Maserati collection heads to auction

49 vehicles from the Riverside International Automotive Museum, including 25 Maseratis, will be sold at Auctions America and RM Sotheby’s upcoming auctions.

Auctions America’s upcoming Santa Monica sale on 25-26 June is hotting up, as a further 34 cars – offered from the Riverside International Automotive Museum in South California – have just been confirmed as late entries into the sale. All, including a large number of Maseratis, will be offered with no reserve.
The museum has decided to sell 49 cars from its collection, with some going in this Auctions America sale, and the remaining cars – including the 2005 Maserati MC12 – going to parent auction house RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction in August. 
Highlights from the Auctions America auction include a number of modern and classic exotica, including a 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, showing just 3300 miles ($250,000-$300,000), a well-optioned 1900-mile 2006 Ford GT ($250,000-$300,000) and the the 200mph-busting 1994 Jaguar XJ220 ($225,000-$275,000).
Although the more valuable Maseratis will be heading to the more high-profile RM Sotheby’s sale, there is still a great selection from the great Italian marque on offer. These range from a 1967 Maserati Mistral Coupe ($110,000-$140,000) right through to a 2006 Maserati GranSport Victory Cambiocorsa ($55,000-$75,000).
The 20,000-square foot museum was initially opened to the public in 2007, however it was a collection started years previously by racing enthusiasts Ray and Doug Magnon. The father-son team focused on the rich history of California’s motorsport heritage, with a distinct theme appearing to tie in with the family’s Italian roots. The museum features one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Maserati road cars in the United States, including an example of every Maserati model that has been made available in the USA since 1951. 
After Doug Magnon’s passing last year, a small selection of vehicles from the collection were chosen for sale in the two auctions.
David Swig, Car Specialist from RM commented: ‘The collection is truly representative of the genuine enthusiasm of the Magnon family, specifically Ray and Doug, for the Maserati marque and AAR Eagle Indy cars in particular. When it comes to the Maseratis, it’s unprecedented to have the opportunity to offer such a complete ‘library’ collection, and certainly an occasion we expect will command the attention of Maserati enthusiasts worldwide.’
Images: Karissa Hosek/RM Group of Companies 

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