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From an Important Maserati Collection | Purchased New by Eddie Fisher for Elizabeth TaylorEddie Fisher, Las Vegas, Nevada (purchased new as a gift for Elizabeth Taylor in 1962)Anthony Quinn, Beverly Hills, California (acquired from the above in 1962)Paul Zammit, Woodland Hills, California (acquired circa 1968)Penny Anne Vandreel, Los Angeles, California (acquired in 1971)Penelope Phillips, Los Angeles, California (acquired in 1974)Current Owner (acquired in 1999)
The Maserati 3500 GT presented here is surely one of the most significant examples to be found, as it possesses a rich and fascinating history with intimate connections to three entertainment icons – Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor, and Anthony Quinn.
Eddie Fisher was one of the most successful entertainers of the early 1950s. He recorded a string of Top 40 songs, sold millions of records, and hosted his own NBC variety show. In 1959, he divorced his first wife, Debbie Reynolds, and married her friend Elizabeth Taylor, whose third husband, producer Mike Todd, had recently died in a plane crash. The combination of grief and bad publicity took an immediate toll on their marriage. By 1962, Taylor was having an affair with Richard Burton while they were filming “Cleopatra” in Italy.
In January 1962, Eddie Fisher ordered a new 3500 GT from official dealer Cornacchia Automobili, hoping to impress his wife with such a lavish gift. As documented by factory records, the car he purchased, AM101.2102, was completed in February 1962 and finished in the suitably glamorous color scheme of Metallic Gold with white Connolly leather upholstery.
Fisher collected the new 3500 GT in Rome and shipped it to England. There, he wrapped the gold Maserati in a red ribbon and presented it to Taylor. According to Fisher, “She drove it around the block in England, and she didn’t like it. She never did like cars anyhow – she was a horse person!” Disappointed, Fisher sold the car to friend and fellow actor Anthony Quinn, reportedly making a $500 profit on the deal. Quinn, a true car enthusiast, kept the gold Maserati at his home in Beverly Hills. During the 1960s, he purchased two other Maseratis and, by 1968, had sold the 3500 GT. The car remained in Southern California until the 1990s, when it was sold in unrestored condition to the current owner.
Upon learning of the Maserati’s early history, the consignor undertook a concours-quality restoration, employing the best marque specialists in the US and Italy. Throughout the process, the car and its history were painstakingly researched. Factory records were sourced to confirm original details, and an interview with Eddie Fisher was arranged in September 2007.
Today, the Maserati is magnificent to behold, presented in its striking factory color scheme and finished to the highest possible standard. Rarely does one find a 3500 GT that has been so thoroughly and accurately restored.
Offered from an important private collection of coachbuilt Maseratis, beautifully presented, and supported by extensive documentation, this 3500 GT is a wonderful piece of Hollywood history.