Fancy a spin? Rare 1957 Maserati could be yours - for £2.5m

Wealthy bidders will get the chance to get their hands on the beautiful cream 1957 Maserati 150 GT Spider when it makes a one-off appearance and goes under the hammer in California.

With its glorious vintage bodywork and iconic appearance, there's no doubt this rare 1957 Maserati is a stunning car - and now it could be yours.

However, petrolheads looking to snap up this unique motor will have to have deep pockets - as it's gone on the market for a cool £2.5m.

Wealthy bidders will get the chance to get their hands on the beautiful cream 1957 Maserati 150 GT Spider when it makes a one-off appearance and goes under the hammer in California.

Until now the car was lovingly in the hands of a private collector in Europe but US auctioneers Gooding and Company have taken hold of the Maserati and are expecting collectors and fans of specialist sports cars from the 1950s to be racing into the auction room.

The vintage beauty packs an amazing 195 brake horsepower but only topples the scales at 860 kg so it's still nippy despite its 46-year-old two litre engine.

Three other vintage cars will also be joining the Maserati for the sale on the 18th and 19th January in Santa Monica, California.

Bidders will also see a 1938 Bugatti 57 C, a 1957 Mercedes- Benz Roadster and a 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra go up for sale.

The Maserati was originally designed as an A6GCS sports racing car and wowed the crowds during the 1954 racing season so is guaranteed to get hands raising in the auction room.

It was later modified into a second prototype, the Maserati 300 S and the result of the two is the 1957 Maserati 150 GT Spider.

Car specialist Steve Hart beautifully restored and rebuilt the convertible car so the lucky bidder will still be able to drive their new pride and joy which has been described as a 'little rocket.'

The 46-year-old motor still proudly sports its original matching numbers engine, gearbox, Grand prix-type brakes and elegant Fantuzzi  coachwork.

David Brynan, Specialist at Gooding & Company said:  "Unlike production cars, which have a track record and comparable sales, one-offs and prototypes make their own market.

"What I really admire about the Maserati 150 GT is its fascinating pedigree, a combination of the best competition and coach built features and its extraordinary originality."

Katie Hellwig, Marketing Manager said: "The Maserati 150 GT Spider we're offering is a one-off.

"It's a prototype so our auction represents a very special opportunity for collectors because we don't know when the car will be presented again publicly."

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