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Maserati Quattroporte (1963 - 1971)

Last updated 26 March 2013

 
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Fast four-door, with few rivals in its day, V8 engine is a gem
Frua styling is less than happy

Introduction

The Tipo 107 Maserati Quattroporte was significant because it was the first of its cars to be powered by the new 'Indy' V8 engine - initially in 4.1-litre form (later 4.7). The family resemblance with the Mistral was strong, as it was also a Frua design; while underneath it was built on a sports car-like tubular frame.  

The 1963 'Tipo 107' Quattroporte was capable of more than 130mph, which made it rare four a four-seater - the Facel Vega Excellence and Lagonda Rapide being its principal rivals. And nothing from Italy - significantly. Iw as available with either a five-speed ZF manual transmission or a three-speed automatic, and set a marker for many supercar manufacturers to try and emulate.

 

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