Behold: the 1959 Maserati 5000 GT Coupe – nicknamed the ’Shah of Persia’ after the man who commissioned it the previous year.

The 5000GT is a 5.0l, V8 version of the similarly sleek 3500GT with a superlight aluminium chassis and bodywork designed by Carrozzeria Touring.

One of the rarest Maseratis, only 34 were ever built and you can’t have this one. It’s only for looking at.


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  1. Otis Blue

    Stunning car.

    As an aside the car’s owner, Reza Shah Pahlavi was the last Shah of Iran, overthrown by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. One of his General’s, Nader Jahanbani, was at that time the owner of Straffan House, later to become the K Club.

    During the revolution Khomeini ordered Jahanbani’s arrest. He was charged and convicted with “Association with the Shah’s idolatrous regime; Corruption on earth; Unspecified anti-revolutionary offense; War on God, God’s Prophet, and the deputy of the Twelfth Imam”

    His last words prior to execution were “long live Iran”.

    Following his execution Straffan House came into the ownership of the flamboyant property developer and banker, twentysomething Patrick Gallagher. The young Gallagher was a close friend of CJ Haughey and Ben Dunne. His business failed spectacularly and he was subsequently jailed for fraud.

    I think the K Club is on the market if anyone fancies there chances.

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