YOU could wait for months for a Maserati sports car to come along, and then two come at once – and are involved in an accident.
That's exactly what happened when two of the iconic vehicles – worth more than €120,000 – "met" on a Dublin street.
Despite less than 80 of the cars being registered in the entire country, two of them were mentioned in court yesterday during a claim for damages.
A van owner sued for damages to his vehicle and former Meath footballer, stockbroker and Maserati fan Anthony Moyles and his wife Carrie Stewart, were found liable for damages to the eight-year-old van.
Judge Mary Collins heard in the Dublin District Court that Mr Moyles' Maserati – which was being driven by his wife – collided with another Maserati in April this year.
It pushed the second car into the parked van on Upper Baggot Street.
Van owner Brian Fallon, of Windsor Mews, St Margaret's Avenue, Malahide, Co Dublin, sued Mr Moyles and his wife, of Bloomfield Park, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, for damages.
Judge Collins was told that Kevin Dunne, Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4, had been driving his 02-registered Maserati along Upper Baggot Street on Saturday, April 14 last, when the Moyles's 08-reg Maserati pulled out without warning from a parked position.
The court heard Dunne's Maserati pushed Moyles's Maserati into the parked van belonging to Mr Fallon.
Ms Stewart, who said she was driving, denied pulling out at speed and said she checked her mirrors and had looked back over her shoulder before moving out.
She claimed Dr Dunne's Maserati obviously had approached at such speed that she did not notice it before moving out.
Dr Dunne told the court he had been manoeuvring around a taxi and did not have time to refocus before the oncoming Maserati was "just suddenly there".
Garda Valarie Farrell told Judge Collins that the driver's side of Mr Moyles's Maserati was damaged while there was damage to the front and passenger side of Dr Dunne's car.
Judge Collins held that liability lay with the driver pulling out on to the main road and awarded judgment for €3,100 damages to Mr Fallon against Moyles and Ms Stewart. She awarded both Fallon and Dunne their legal costs.
The District Court was not asked to deal with any other damages relating to the two Maseratis.