Bastian Voigt Collectors Cars is offering you a comprehensively restored Maserati Quattroporte I with an original interior in great condition.
In the 1960s, more and more of Maserati’s clients asked for a fast sedan with four doors. So, at the Torino Salon in November 1963, Maserati presented the Quattroporte. That was the birth of the four-door sportscar, a then new class that remains popular until today.
A body designed by Pietro Frua was placed on the significantly extended chassis of the 5000 GT. It offered a spacious passenger compartment but still looked light thanks to large windows and narrow columns. The bonnet, which sloped forward, was a visual link to the Maserati sportscars.
The car was powered by a newly designed eight-cylinder engine based on the 5000 GT engine. A manual five-speed transmission or a three-speed automatic were also available.
Options such as electric windows, air conditioning, power steering and automatic transmission provided the comfort required for a luxurious sedan.
Between 1963 and 1970, a total of 776 Quattroporte I cars were built. The 260 or so cars of the first series (until 1966) had rectangular headlights. With its 4.1-litre engine, the car reached speeds of up to 230 km/h with the manual transmission and 210 km/h with the automatic one. An independent front wheel suspension, the De-Dion rear axle and a dual-circuit servo brake system provided driving characteristics praised by testers.
The second series was launched in 1966: in order to make the vehicle run more smoothly on poorer roads, a rigid axle was used instead of the previously used De Dion rear axle. In consideration of the American market and in the style of the Maserati Sebring, four round headlamps were installed in the second series. Wooden trim now adorned the dashboard, and air conditioning was now standard equipment. This made the Maserati the only car of its time with an air conditioning as standard, alongside the Rolls Royce Silver Cloud.
The Quattroporte I pleased not only the testers, but also the celebrities. Among others it was driven by Peter Ustinov, Marcello Mastroianni, Anthony Quinn, Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev and Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
The vehicle for sale was firstly delivered to Italy in the summer of 1969. It thus belongs to the second series. It was delivered with the 208 PS (153 kW) 4.1-liter engine. Presumably the car came directly afterwards to Germany, where in 1977 with a mileage of 27,668, it unfortunately had an engine failure. This is based on an original damage report from 1977, which also noted the mileage at that time. The car was then bought by a German collector, who later exhibited it in his private car museum in Bavaria. Altogether the car remained there with the same owner for nearly 30 years without being moved, which is why it is preserved in a very beautiful original condition.
About 15 years ago the car was bought by its current owner. He is an experienced restorer and has expertly restored the Quattroporte. Due to the long time in the museum, the base was excellent, and the original interior looks like new. Since the engine was replaced in 1977, it no longer has “matching numbers”, but the car has been preserved so well for exactly this reason. In addition, the car has been restored to a condition that is rarely found on a Quattroporte.
The car is available for an inspection by appointment only in 33415 Verl, Germany. We are happy to show you the car and the documents and have a lift available as well.
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