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Snapshot, 1989: The lengths people will go for a Maserati this Christmas

Relax — this isn’t an audacious thief attempting to make a hasty getaway with a brand-new Maserati 228. It’s 1989, on Davenport Road in snowy Toronto, and ahead of the opening of the new Maserati Canada retail store, the luxury Italian saloon is actually being brought into the showroom… 

A brand-new, gleaming red, 85,000 US-dollar Maserati 228 sure sounds like an appealing vehicle for this year’s holiday season. However, going through the official channels would certainly be more straightforward than stealing the demonstrator from the new Maserati Canada retail store.

Photos: David Cooper / Toronto Star via Getty Images