The Maserati Quattroporte
is a luxury four-door saloon
made by Maserati
. The name translated from Italian literally means "four doors
". There have been five generations of the car, each separated by a period of roughly five years.
Quattroporte I (1963–1969)
In the early 1960s, Maserati's reputation was at a high. With growing sales, Prince Karim Aga Khan
ordered a special Maserati 5000 WP, chassis no. 103,060, designed by Pietro Frua
. The following year, Maserati showed the first-generation Quattroporte of 1963, which bore a striking resemblance to the earlier drawing. While the design was by Frua, construction was carried out by Vignale
This, the 1963 'Tipo 107' Quattroporte, joined two other notable grand tourers, the Facel Vega
and the Lagonda Rapide
, which could comfortably do on the new motorways of Europe. However, the Quattroporte could be said to have been the first car specifically designed for this purpose.
It was equipped with a 4.1 L (4,136 cc/252 cuin) V8 engine
, producing 256 hp (SAE
) (191 kW) at 5,600 rpm, and either a five-speed ZF manual transmission
or a three-speed automatic
. Maserati claimed a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph).
Between 1963 and 1966, 230 examples were made.
In 1966, Maserati revised the Tipo 107, adding twin headlights (already on the US
model) and, from 1968, a 4.7 L, 295 hp (SAE) (220 kW) engine. Top speed increased to a claimed... Read More