Adam Levine’s Million-Dollar Maserati Is Allegedly a Big, Fat Phony

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Levine recently filed a lawsuit “[alleging] that classic car dealer Rick Cole or his agents faked documentation and chassis and engine authentication marks” on the Maserati, which the singer took ownership of after trading a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4, 1968 Ferrari 365 GTC and $100,000.

According to the lawsuit, not only was the former host of The Voice presented with “documentation signed by Maserati expert Fabio Collina as to the authenticity of the car,” documentation which was in fact tied to a separate car in a collection in Switzerland, but the vehicle itself was stamped with fraudulent chassis and engine numbers which corresponded to a real-deal 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9-Liter Spyder.

The suit also says Levine is “not in the classic car business at all,” a point made to emphasize he was relying on the expertise of others. But authenticity issues for highly scrutinized, exorbitantly expensive vintage cars like this arise even among buyers who proclaim to be well versed in the subject. Jerry Seinfeld, for instance, was recently embroiled in dual lawsuits over the provenance of a 1958 Porsche 356 that were settled last summer.

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