four-seat Italian supercar with four-door convenience, such as the 1963-1969 Maserati Quattroporte was a rarity in the '60s. It still is, which makes the Quattroporte (Italian for "four doors")
an unusual collectible for high-performance enthusiasts.
Once again, Maserati gave its styling brief to Pietro Frua, who devised an interesting mix of curves and angles for this very large GT. As on his Mistral, the sedan's greenhouse was tall, very glassy, and showed noticeable curvature.
A jutting "mouth" carrying the Maserati trident was flanked by twin rectangular headlamps, changed to four round units on later European and all U.S. models. The chassis was a combination of tubular and box-section elements, and incorporated disc brakes for all wheels.
A de Dion rear suspension was used initially, but was
later discarded in favor of a less troublesome, bog-simple live axle on
semi-elliptic leaf springs.
Power was supplied by a four-cam V-8, essentially a "prodified" version of the mighty 450S racing engine of the late '50s. This would continue as Maserati's main powerplant well into the '70s.
For the Quattroporte, it was destroked to 4.2 liters, then upped to 4.7 with the switch in rear suspension. Of the total number built, approximately 500 cars got the larger power unit. Aside from Iso's unsuccessful S4 Fidia, no other producer of high-performance GTs tried the GT sedan idea, though Aston Martin thought about it.
Maserati gave up on it for a few years, partly due to financial troubles, but brought out another Quattroporte for the European market in 1979.
Pluses of the 1963-1969 Maserati Quattroporte:
- Supercar go with four-door convenience
- Distinctive design
- Sumptuous, spacious cabin
- Fast (130 mph)
- Reliable engine
- Not costly, all things considered
Minuses of the 1963-1969 Maserati Quattroporte:
- Questionable body construction
- Trouble-prone de Dion suspension on early examples
- Costly to restore and run
- Not likely to go up in value very rapidly
Production of the 1963-1969 Maserati Quattroporte:
Specifications of the 1963-1969 Maserati Quattroporte:
Wheelbase, inches: 108.0
Length, inches: 196.0
Weight, pounds: 3,810
Price, new: $15,000 U.S.
Engines for the 1963-1969 Maserati Quattroporte:
|dohc V-8||4136 cc (253 cid)||260||1963-1968|
|dohc V-8||4719 cc (288 cid)||290||1968-1969|
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