The singer wanted to add a Maserati to his car collection but the dealership allegedly faked the documentation and marks on the car.
It appears that Maroon 5's frontman Adam Levine is fuming over a bad deal and is all ready to sue. If you are a fan of Levine then you might know the singer's passion for collecting cars, mostly vintage ones. According to The U.S Sun, Levine has a luxurious collection of four-wheelers that amounts to a whopping $2 million. A few years back, he reportedly wanted to add a vintage Maserati in his garage to join his Porsche, Mustang, Ferrari and many others. But the vehicle he bought from a car dealer turned out to be a "fake."
The scorned Levine is now suing the classic car dealer after making allegations that the 50-year-old Maserati he purchased isn't authentic, reports LADbible. The singer acquired the 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Liter Spyder in 2020, in a trade where he handed over two classic Ferraris. Levine believed that particular Maserati was one of the only estimated 25 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Liter Spyders which was ever manufactured by the brand. Hence, it led the singer to make the trade after a member of his Adam Levine Living Trust took it for a drive.
Adam Levine sues classic car dealer, alleging his 1971 Maserati isn't the real deal https://t.co/fQ2GW1J4G4— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 23, 2023
Taking advice from classic car dealer Rick Cole, Levine traded his 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 and a 1968 Ferrari 365 GTC, along with $100,000, for the car. But two years after the trade and purchase, on February 17, 2023, Levine's trust filed a lawsuit against the classic car dealer Cole, accusing Cole and one of his agents of faking the documentation and marks on the car which was given to the singer.
The lawsuit states: "Cole purported to have found an authentic Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Liter Spyder that he described as being 'as good' as an authentic Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Liter Spyder with a clear and indisputable identity that a representative of the Trust had seen and drove in Monterey a year or so earlier, and which was valued at over $1 million."
The car dealer has also allegedly claimed that the Maserati given to Levine had a vehicle identification number (VIN) of AM115.492.1241, while the "real" car with that VIN has apparently been sold years ago to a British luxury car collector named Clive Joy. The lawsuit has also claimed that the "real" car has been in Switzerland in Clive Joy's car collection ever since.
Levine's Trust believed in Cole's claims about the authenticity of the Maserati because the Trust is "not in the classic car business at all." As per the lawsuit, a closer inspection of the four-wheeler was carried out. It was determined that "someone tried to make the vehicle appear authentic by reproducing or stamping a new chassis plate to make the writing seem more like that used by Maserati at the time, in an obvious attempt to convince a potential buyer that the vehicle was the real car."
Now, the lawsuit seeks to undo the $950,000 deal or to get Levine enough money to repair the damages that occurred due to the alleged dodgy trade. We hope the right person gets to keep the money and find the right car someday.