“The Quattroporte is billed as the world’s fastest sedan. It is a highly refined automobile with a four-passenger cruising capability in excess of 100mph, with enough attendant luxuries to compare favourably with non plus ultra of all luxury sedans, the Mercedes-Benz 600 and the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.” Car & Driver.
Styled by Frua and introduced in 1963, the V8-powered Quattroporte was a landmark model for Maserati, being the Modena firm’s first four-door saloon and its first car of unitary construction. Styled by Frua and introduced at the 1963 Turin Show, the Quattroporte was powered by a downsized – to 4.2-litres – version of the 5000 GT’s four-cam V8 and beneath the skin featured independent front suspension and a De Dion rear axle, though the latter was replaced by a conventional elliptically sprung live axle in 1967. Car & Driver recorded a 0-60mph time of 8.7 seconds and wound their Quattroporte up to 120mph, estimating that there was another 10mph still to come, all of which was some going for a fully-equipped four-seater weighing close to 2 tons.
The successor Quattroporte II deployed the V6 engine and front-wheel-drive package of the Citroën SM in a body by Bertone, but did not long survive Maserati’s take-over by Alessandro De Tomaso. Its successor – the Ital Design-styled Quattroporte III – arrived in 1978. Maserati V8 power was restored for this, the third of the line – the options being a 4.2- or a 4.9-litre unit – and the ‘III’ reverted to rear wheel drive using a lengthened Kyalami floorpan and all-independent suspension. The ‘Quattroporte’ name was revived for a fourth series in 1994.
The car on offer today is equipped with the 4,900cc Maserati engine; it is in very good condition. The light blue metallic colour is stunning. One of the fastest luxury saloons of its day, it is offered at auction with its Italian papers, and represents an excellent investment on a brand that will only continue to provide its owner with great satisfaction.
Das hier angebotene Auto im fantastischen hellblau-metallic, ist mit dem 4.900cc-Motor von Maserati ausgestattet und ist in einem sehr guten Zustand. Es ist einer der schnellsten Luxuslimousinen seiner Zeit, wird mit italienischen Papieren übergeben, bietet eine ausgezeichnete Investition auf eine Marke, die seinem Besitzer fortwährend große Freude bereiten wird.