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Elegant, Powerful 2008 Maserati GranTurismo to be Raffled for Charity



    NEW YORK, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A troop of classic and contemporary
 Maserati sports and luxury cars will lead New York City's 63rd annual
 Columbus Day Parade up Fifth Avenue on October 8, 2007.
     In a unique display of Italian excellence in engineering and design,
 the Maseratis will range from a one-off, 16-cylinder Maserati Spyder, which
 set the world's speed record in 1929, to a 2007 Quattroporte Automatic
 four-door sedan that goes from 0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds.
     Automotive enthusiasts will have an opportunity to view the cars in an
 exhibition following the parade and to win a 2008 Maserati GranTurismo in
 an exclusive raffle that will benefit the scholarship programs of the
 Columbus Citizens Foundation, which organizes the Columbus Day Parade. The
 GranTurismo being raffled is among the first 10 of Maserati's latest model
 to be imported into the United States this year.
     Among the Maseratis to be featured in the Columbus Day Parade are the
 following:
     -- 1929 / 1931 Maserati Spyder - V16:  A unique model, the 1931 Maserati
        Zagato Spyder was the first super car. Powered by an unusual
        16-cylinder engine, the car set the world's speed record of 152.9 mph
        in 1929. It was later rebodied in 1931 by Zagato as a road-going sports
        car. In 2003, it was a first place winner in the Pebble Beach
        Concours.
     -- 1953 Maserati A6GCS MM Spyder: The first Maserati A6GCS, Series II was
        from the outset a factory race car that immediately earned an
        impressive race history with wins in 1953 and 1954. In 2000, it was a
        first place winner in the prestigious Louis Vuitton Concours at
        Rockefeller Center.
     -- 1955 Maserati A6G54 GT Frua Berlinetta: Exhibited in the Turin Motor
        Show in 1955, this A6G54 was sold to Italian music legend Domenico
        Modugno, who recorded and wrote the music and co-authored the lyrics
        for "Volare," which won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song
        of the Year in 1958. In 2003, the Frua Berlinetta won Best of Show in
        the 2003 Villa d'Este Concours in Cernobbio, Italy.
     -- 1958 Maserati 3500 Vignale Spyder: Approximately 220 examples of this
        car were produced between 1958 to 1964. Many luminaries of the period
        owned this elegant, high-performance model.
     -- 1960 Maserati 5000 GT: This striking automobile, the second of 34 5000
        GTs built, is identical to the model built for the Shah of Iran in
        1959. It was displayed at the 1959 Turin Motor Show and uses the
        Maserati 450 S race car engine and is capable of a top speed of over
        170 mph.
     -- 1970 Maserati Ghibli Spyder SS: The Maserati Ghibli Spyder went into
        production in 1969 and, as an SS model, is extremely rare -- only 25
        were built! The model in the 2007 Columbus Day Parade had only one
        prior owner, a Neapolitan businessman who purchased it in 1970 to help
        win the affection of a woman he considered the most beautiful in
        Naples. They subsequently married and are still together to this day.
     -- 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS: the Maserati Ghibli SS debuted at the 1966
        Turin Motor Show. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who was named Car
        Designer of the 20th Century, the very low and particularly slender
        design was powered by a 360 hp V8, giving it a top speed of 185 mph.
     -- 2004 Maserati MC 12: the MC 12 was developed to signal Maserati's
        return to racing after 37 years. The two-door mid-engine coupe is
        powered by a 6 liter, V12 engine producing 630 horsepower. In 2005, the
        MC 12 won FIA GT Manufacturers Cup with almost double the score of the
        next team.
     -- 2007 Maserati Quattroporte Automatic: The Quattroporte Automatic is
        considered to be the most stylish sedan in production and is powered by
        a 400 horsepower V8 engine.
     Following their appearance in the parade, the Maseratis will be on view
 in front of the Columbus Citizens Foundation until early evening. The
 exhibition will be on 69th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues.
     A Maserati GranTurismo and a Quattroporte Automatic are currently on
 view in a unique exhibition in Grand Central Terminal through October 15.
 The sleek, 2008 Maserati GranTurismo is a rare gem among sports cars. One
 of the most highly anticipated introductions to the U.S. market in years,
 the GranTurismo is styled by Pininfarina with luxury appointments and has a
 powerful 4.2 liter, V8 engine (0-60 in 5.1 seconds).
     Maserati is partnering with the Columbus Citizens Foundation in the
 raffles of the GranTurismo and Quattroporte in recognition and support of
 the Foundation's scholarship programs and of the company's own Italian
 heritage. A Quattroporte Automatic will be raffled at the Foundation's
 Annual Gala Dinner in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on the night of October 6,
 and the GranTurismo will be raffled at 7:00 PM on October 15 in Grand
 Central Terminal.
     Tickets for the GranTurismo are limited to 500 and for the Quattroporte
 Automatic are limited to 300 and cost $1,000.00 each. To purchase tickets,
 call 888-860-8572 or visit http://www.charityfolks.com/columbus. Please
 visit www.columbusraffle.com for raffle details and rules.
     Proceeds of the raffle will benefit the Columbus Citizens Foundation's
 scholarship funds. The Foundation is a non-profit organization in New York
 City that provides financial aid to deserving students from the elementary
 school through graduate school levels and organizes events that promote
 Italian-American heritage and culture. In 2007, the Foundation is providing
 financial aid to 849 students of Italian ancestry. The Foundation has
 organized New York City's Columbus Day Parade since 1929.
     Event:           63rd Annual Columbus Day Parade
                      Monday, October 8
                      11:30 AM to 3:00 PM (Approximately)
                      Fifth Ave., from 44th St. north to 79th St.
 
     Event:           Maserati GranTurismo Raffle
                      October 15, 2007
                      7:00 PM
                      Grand Central Terminal, 42nd St. and Park Ave.
 
     Press Contacts:  Jeffrey F. Ehoodin -- Public Relations Manager
                      Maserati North America
                      T. 201.816.2705 -- F. 201.816.2626
                      jehoodin@maseratiusa.com
 
                      Andrew Decker -- Andrew Decker Communications
                      T 212.222.4688 -- F 212.222.3188
                      adecker@att.net
 
 

SOURCE Columbus Citizens Foundation

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