Maserati’s first four door model made its debut in 1963. The new car, known as the Quattroporte – denoting four doors – had a graceful saloon body styled by Frua and was powered by a 4.1 litre V8 engine featuring the usual four camshafts and four Weber carburettors, while there was a choice of manual or automatic transmission. As could be expected from a car of such pedigree, it attracted the rich and famous as buyers.
This fabulous example is no exception and is 1 of only 8 produced in right hand drive and one of only 2 to be in existence today.
It was ordered by French importer, “Agence Maserati” (Thepenier) on 14th November 1967 for His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan and delivered to the importer on 22nd December 1967 who then delivered it to the Prince in Paris on 4th January 1968. Although ordered and delivered through Maserarti Paris, the factory confirms that the car is an original right hand drive example, finished in dark blue with neutral (white) leather interior and first registered as SHM 24F as it still is today and registered on the 10th January 1968 to Princess Aly Khan at 76 Eaton Square, London.
The car remained in single ownership for a further 25 years during which time the Princess re-married to the 2nd Viscount Camrose, the former chairman of the Daily Telegraph and she was latterly known as Viscountess Camrose.
The car returned to the factory in Modena in July 1971 for a maintenance check prior to going into dry storage in 1972 although frequently driven around the Hackwood estate. It was subsequently purchased direct from Viscountess Camrose by the second and current owner in 1993.
The mileage upon purchase in 1993 was 20,118 kilometres as shown on an MoT certificate from March of that year and subsequently it has covered a total of 45,571 kilometres (28,300 miles) at the last MoT which was carried out in July 2014. The car is accompanied by 17 old MoT certificates confirming the low mileage. The car has been well maintained including an engine rebuild by Maserati specialists in 1999 and is supplied with many other bills for work carried out including invoices from Maserati specialist Bill McGrath.
Garaged, serviced and driven every year since ’93 it has been on two major journeys with four on board; once to France of 1,500 miles and to Scotland totalling 2,000 miles and gave trouble free motoring. The owner informs us it’s in original condition inside and out and comes with the original tool kit and report that the car has not been involved in any accidents.
With a comprehensive history file including the original log book with Princess Aly Khan listed as the first owner along with a current V5 document bearing the current owners details. The file also contains a signed letter from Lady Camrose to the current owner confirming the sale of the car in January 1993.