1979-1989 Maserati Quattroporte

1979 Maserati Quattroporte sedan, part of the 1979-1989 Maserati Quarttroporte line of collectible cars
1979 Maserati Quattroporte sedan

The 1979-1989 Maserati Quatrroporte was Maserati's second luxury sedan, not counting the aborted Bertone-styled, V-6-powered "Quattroporte II" of 1974 (only five built). It was like the Kyalami, another early Alessandro de Tomaso idea for putting Maserati back in the black after he took control following the end of Maserati's short-lived "marriage" with Citroën.

However, the 1979-1989 Maserati Quatrroporte was apparently difficult to finalize and market: the debut came in 1976, but deliveries did not start in earnest until 1981-1982. It was sized close to Jaguar's XJ6 and even had a similar independent rear suspension, but it was somewhat heavier owing to a robust separate chassis and full-house equipment.

It was initially offered with the small 4.1-liter version of Maserati's brilliant twin-cam V-8, but the 4.9 option was standardized in 1985 for best performance and because customers had been ordering it.

A five-speed manual gearbox was available in Europe, but the three-speed Chrysler TorqueFlite automatic was the sole transmission during an on-again/off-again U.S. sales effort that ended shortly after Maserati announced the smaller, more affordable Biturbo as its mainstay seller. The QP continued elsewhere, though, and 1987 brought slightly more power, extra equipment, and a new name -- Royale -- before assemblies ceased some two years later.

Pluses of the 1979-1989 Maserati Quatrroporte:

  • Surprising performance (with automatic, 0-60 under 10 seconds, 120+ mph all out)
  • Fine handling despite size and weight
  • Leather-lined opulence
  • Rare everywhere

Minuses of the 1979-1989 Maserati Quatrroporte:

  • Parts/service support rare, especially in the U.S.
  • Thirsty
  • Head room slim
  • Detail finish less than Teutonic
  • Sedan configuration works against it as a collectible

Production of the 1979-1989 Maserati Quatrroporte:
NA, but limited

Specifications of the 1979-1989 Maserati Quatrroporte:
Wheelbase, inches: 110.2
Length, inches: 196.0
Weight, pounds: 4,750Price, new: $63,000-$67,000

Engines for the 1979-1989 Maserati Quatrroporte:

Type Size Horsepower Years
dohc V-8 4,136 cc (252 cid) 260 1979-1984
dohc V-84,930 cc (301 cid)288 1985-1989

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