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Sir Elton John is a rock and roll legend. He's also a gearhead. Some of his past cars have included everything from a Ferrari Testarossa to an Aston Martin V8 Vantage. A quick inventory of his garage also indicates he has a thing for Italian exotics and now he's doing some house cleaning. Sir Elton's 2005 Maserati Quattroporte will be heading to auction on February 18 via the UK's The Market auction house.
Still in outstanding overall condition, the 'Verdi' Deep Emerald Green metallic flake finish appears spotless, with no scratches or dents anywhere to be found on the slick bodywork. There's no evidence of any rust with one every so slight exception: a tiny paint chip on the sill beneath the rear passenger door. It's hardly noticeable. The chrome trim is also in fine shape and despite some past Maserati build quality issues, all body panels fit evenly and the door gaps are tight.
The interior features rosewood veneers and Biscuit leather upholstery, which only shows some minor wear and tear. All of this is to be expected from any 16-year-old car. Not surprisingly, the singer ordered the top-of-the-line Executive GT trim that includes an Alcantara-suede interior roof lining, ventilated and massaging rear seats, veneered retractable rear tables, and rear window shades. There's also a SatNav system and, of course, a Bose surround sound Hi-Fi premium audio system. There's even a front armrest fridge. Gotta keep that champagne chill until you get to the party.
Under the hood lies the wonderful Ferrari-sourced naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 rated at 395 horsepower with power going to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic.
There's a total of just 28,493 miles on its clock, 1,000 of which were added by the current owner, who purchased it in 2016. To prove this car was originally sold to Sir Elton John, the sale includes original paperwork pertaining to that, such as the "Dear Mr. John" letter congratulating him on his purchase.
This right-hand-drive example does not have an estimated value nor a reserve listed, but other similar examples currently available in the US are listed at around $25,000. None of them had a famous and legendary first owner, a factor that'll surely drive this car's price up.