Kiwi-built Maserati at Lloyds - gallery

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

de joux maserati 1 Stunning Maserati tribute was built by Ferris de Joux. de joux maserati 1
de joux maserati 2 Roy Gorring from Lloyds shows off the powerplant. de joux maserati 2
de joux maserati 3 Engine is a 3.5lt Maserati straight six. de joux maserati 3
de joux maserati 4 Massive brake drums are a highlight. de joux maserati 4
de joux maserati 5 Custom-made dash looks just right. de joux maserati 5
de joux maserati 6 A snug fit for two and perfect proportions. de joux maserati 6
de joux maserati 7 The attantion to detail is impressive. de joux maserati 7
de joux maserati 8 It's been road-registered in Queenland. de joux maserati 8

One-off tribute car by Ferris de Joux

One of the stand-out cars at today's Lloyds auction is a 1939 Maserati tribute, build by famed Kiwi designer Ferris de Joux in 1999-2000.

Running a 3.5 litre Maserati powerplant, the car has a fascinating back-story. According to de Joux's entry in WIkipedia: "In 1999 de Joux made a one-off Maserati special. Auckland enthusiast Allan Cattle had a 3.5 litre six-cylinder Maserati engine sitting under a bench in his workshop, after he found it in England beneath another car restorer's workshop bench and brought it home.

"Ferris saw the engine and decided to build a car in the style of a 1937-39 Maserati. The car was pieced together with assorted spare parts over a three years period and completed in 2002."

The car is a stunner in the flesh and we have to say one of the stand-out features is the enormous set of finned brake drums on the front wheels.

Bidding was nudging $50,000 at the time of writing, though we'd expect it to go higher. The car has been registered in Queensland and looks like it's huge fun.

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