Today’s featured car is another 1962 Maserati 5000GT, one of 22 fitted with Allemano bodies.
Unlike last weeks 5000GT this one is said by restorers McGrath Maserati to have been immortalised in the 1978 Joe Walsh song “Life’s Been Good”.
In the song one of the verses starts “My Maserati does One Eighty Five” it actually did more like 162 mph, but goes on with the refrain “I lost my licence, now I don’t drive”.
Apparently Joe did loose his drivers licence, but not by recklessly driving his Maserati as might be inferred from the lyrics, but rather more mundanely after loosing his wallet.
The history of AM103:026 before and after Joe’s ownership is not so well documented on the web, it was the first example of the marque to appear in the Rotunda at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London subsequent to it’s restoration by McGrath Maserati in 2009.
When McGrath Maserati started restoring AM103:026, seen in these photo’s at last years Classic Motor Show, they found significant engine damage that required a new crank and rod set, repairs to the frost damaged block and new valves and guides for the cylinder block.
Thanks for joining me on this “One Eighty Five” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !