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2017 Maserati Levante

2016 new York Auto ShowWhat’s next … a Ferrari SUV?!?

With sport-utilities being birthed by some very unexpected mothers — including Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini, Jaguar, and now Maserati — we’d no longer put it beyond the realm of possibility. Though we’re pretty sure Enzo would do a barrel roll on his racetrack in the sky.


The Kubang Concept, unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, hints at where Maserati may take the Levante stylistically.

A famed Italian brand issues its first SUV to challenge the likes of Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport. The premium-midsize Levante is a distant cousin of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but promises to uphold Maserati’s reputation for style, performance, and luxury.


Gotham Dream Cars uses this image of the Lamborghini Gallardo on their website.

For Eric, renting a Lamborghini from Imagine Lifestyles in Miami was a transforming experience.

“I felt like I had gone from a regular Joe to Joe DiMaggio!” he beamed.


Car Logo HistoryThrough their logos, many automakers have created a dazzling world of wonder. In logo land, you’ll discover roman gods, prancing horses, and mystical beasts—as well as religious themes such as the Holy Trinity and the Christian Crusades. It’s a universe of stars and planets, ships and rockets, diamonds and domination. One emblem, which is simply a crooked letter, symbolizes a trustworthy handshake.

2012 Maserati GranTurismo in Blu Mediterraneo, a super-pricey matte-finish paint

2012 Maserati GranTurismo in Blu Mediterraneo, a super-pricey matte-finish paint

Everything is so darn expensive these days. When I was a kid, Earl Scheib promised to paint our rides for under 40 bucks. “I’ll paint any car, any color for $39.95,” his slogan went. “No ups, no extras.” Nowadays, a decent paint job will run you four figures.

At least when you buy a new car, you likely will find a color that meets your liking. The 2013 Dodge Dart, for example, comes in a dozen colors, including Citrus Peel, Winter Chill, and True Blue. Some automakers charge extra for “special paint,” but it’s usually reasonably priced—$500, for example, if you want your Dodge Challenger painted in Redline 3 Coat Pearl.

But I’m here to tell you one thing: If you’re in the market for an Italian sports car and want to jazz it up with a unique color/finish, expect to pay through the nose. Special paint jobs on Maseratis, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis are among the most expensive options in the automotive industry. To illustrate . . .

2012 Maserati GranTurismo

The GranTurismo S Automatic starts at $123,000, but matte-finish paint is an extra $20,500. Here it is in Grigio Granito.

1937 Cord 812 Custom Beverly

1937 Cord 812 Custom Beverly

Perhaps it’s my absurdist bent or fondness for underdogs, but Tom Appel’s recent blog on good-looking “middle-age” coupes somehow got me thinking about stylish sedans. No such thing, you say? Then allow me to present seven fab four-doors that can turn heads anywhere. Not only that, but each is a bona fide collectible automobile. (See magazine of the same name. Better yet, subscribe. It helps pay the freight around here.)

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