Maroon 5 Band Lead Adam Levine Sues Classic Car Dealership For Allegedly Selling A Fake Maserati

  • Feb 24, 2023
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The pop star had traded in a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4, 1968 Ferrari 365 GTC and some cash for the Maserati in 2020

Scams and frauds are ubiquitous. And being famous or rich doesn’t help either as Adam Levine, the lead singer of the Maroon 5 band, will tell you. The singer claims to have been sold a fake 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Liter Spyder SS, which he acquired back in 2020 by trading in two classic Ferraris and a bit of cash.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the lawsuit was filed on Friday, 17 February, after incorrect stamping threw its authenticity into question. It states that the documents of the vehicle had been faked by the car dealer or his agents who had altered the chassis and engine authentication marks to make them look authentic. 

The issue surfaced when the font and the styles used to denote the engine and chassis did not match the style of writing that Maserati used at the time. Moreover, the lawsuit alleges that the vehicle with identification number AM115.492.1241 was in fact sold to a collector in Switzerland several years ago and states that the Adam Levine Living Trust (Adam Levine’s trust) blindly trusted the collector as the singer had no prior experience in the classic car business.

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If things weren’t already shady enough, the lawsuit claims that the singer was repeatedly dissuaded not to sell the car, which is when the red flags became all the more prevalent. The lawsuit claims that there is some sort of immoral activity involved and says that even if the car is an original Ghibli Spyder, it is not the same vehicle as the VIN it was assigned.

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It also suggests that the car could be a Maserati Ghibli Coupe that was converted into a Ghibli Spyder, which again, diminishes the value of the purchase made by the pop star. The car collector, Rick Cole, has been sued for a staggering $950,000 (Rs 7.86 crore) or a reimbursement enough to make the damages right.

Was it an original 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Liter Spyder SS, an original Ghibli Spyder with a 4.9-litre engine fitted, or a converted Ghibli Coupe? Now that’s something only the court will settle.

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