Maserati followed up its stunning, Ghia-styled Ghibli two-seater with the equally elegant Indy 2+2, though the latter, announced in 1968 and noteworthy as the first unitary construction Maserati, was the work of Carrozzeria Vignale. The Indy first appeared publicly on Vignale’s stand at the 1968 Turin Motor Show and was officially launched by Maserati at the Geneva Salon in 1969. Running gear was conventional, with independent front suspension, live rear axle and four-wheel disc brakes, while the power unit was – initially – the Modena firm’s well-tried, 4.1-litre, four-cam V8, with 4.7- and 4.9-litre versions following. With 260bhp on tap, the top speed of Maserati’s luxury four-seater was in the region of 240km/h, a figure the subsequent larger-engined versions improved upon.
In 4.7-litre form the Indy’s claimed maximum increased to 292bhp, which was good enough for a top speed within a whisker of 250km/h, with 0-160km/h achievable in under 18 seconds.
The sleek Vignale coachwork was such that the Maserati Indy was able to carry four people in relative comfort without impairing its performance as a sports car. Autocar Magazine’s summary was one of almost unmatched praise: ‘Classic touring car with V8 engine and 160mph potential. Beautifully smooth power unit, silky gearbox and light, power assisted steering. Good brakes, balanced handling, comfortable ride, superb stability. High price but few disappointments.’
This particular example is finished in metallic midnight blue with a blue interior, with the desirable manual gearbox. The car has had a charmed life, being supplied new in Rome, Italy in 1971 hence the European specification. It then passed to South Africa in the 1980s, where it resided in a private collection from 1995 to 2005. It underwent a restoration in South Africa between 2005 and 2007, and received a mechanical renovation in 2016 to restore it to its former glory. This car comes with an official Maserati Certificate of Authenticity, bundles of paperwork, and is ready to be enjoyed by its next custodian immediately for years to come.