It had a 2.9-litre turbocharged V8 in its tail. Only 1337 were built from 1987 to 1998.
The engine and mechanical parts were by Nicola Materazzi and the design was the work of Leonardo Fioravanti.
Displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1987, the Berlinetta was a stunner, although perhaps not as well suited to the desert as a twin-hump camel — but in its favour was its top (tarmac) speed 324km/h – and air conditioning.
The car was found in poor condition in a shed in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan.
It had some years earlier been sent to Turkey for servicing, but the then owner couldn’t pay the bill, so the Turks kept the car for a while until the account was settled.
But quite a few vital parts were missing.
The unnamed owner then tried to sell it for US $300,000 (AU $460,000) but the car is running once again, and the price has shot up to $1.77 million Australian, despite its awful condition.
It shows only 2400 miles (3700km) on its odo.
But there’s a ‘buyer beware’ bit: Uday’s sister, Raghad, still alive and living in Jordan, took to Twitter threatening to sue anyone who takes possession of her family’s stuff.
“We will prosecute everyone who has acquired the family’s personal property, this and other things,” she threatened, adding that “we warn others not to engage in these matters for any reason because they will be subject to legal accountability.”