For this coveted 1957 Maserati 150 GT, a one-of-a-kind prototype, the trident emblem on its grill represents more than just automotive branding. It also symbolizes the car’s three lives. After its owner, a European collector, purchased the two-seat convertible in 2006, he found that the chassis described in the car’s documentation didn’t match its actual chassis. Detective work with a Maserati historian revealed that the car originated in 1953 as a 2-liter A6 GCS, a decorated race car that was then overhauled into a 3-liter 300S prototype the following year. Even more modifications followed in 1957, when the car became its current self, complete with a new lightweight-alloy body by famed Italian workshop Carrozzeria Fantuzzi. No additional models were made, however, with Maserati opting instead for the mass-volume 3500 GT. Gooding & Co. will auction the 150 GT in Scottsdale, Arizona, in January and expects the “little rocket”—a title bestowed by the owner because of its incredible power-to-weight ratio—to fetch more than $3 million. Good things always come in threes, after all.
1957 Maserati 150 GT