These days bespoke coachbuilt automobiles are very few and far between, this is primarily because of the extreme costs involved in creating a bespoke, hand crafted coachbuilt vehicle. However, high costs are not the only reason because today coachbuildingis something of a lost art and only a few coachbuilding firms remain in business. It wasn’t always this way though because if we rewind to the 20th century coachbuilt automobiles were in high demand, and even ultra-luxurious auto makers turned to the coachbuilding industry to create hand crafted bodies to fit their rolling chassis, these ultra-luxurious auto makers included the likes of Bugatti, Cadillac, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce and Delahaye.
However, just after World War II the demand for coachbuiltvehicles declined dramatically and by 1950 more durable all-steel automobile bodies replaced coachbuilt units and this saved time and ultimately money. However, coachbuilding remained a common practice amongst high end, exotic auto makers but the industry did eventually die out in the late 1960’s. As a result, these days getting your hands on a genuine coachbuiltautomobile is not only hard, but it is also time consuming and costly. However, if a coachbuilt vehicle is something that you must have there is a few coachbuilding firms left that will happily build your dream vehicle for you.
Luckily, some people are more than willing to explore this route and as a result, every so often a truly unique coachbuilt vehicle may get listed for sale or go up for auction. Like the vehicle featured on this article for instance, what you are looking at ladies and gentlemen is a Maserati Quattroporte Shooting Brake. If you know a thing or two about Maserati’s then you will no doubt know that the Italian auto manufacturer never offered the current sixth generation Quattroporte in Shooting Break form, so how and why are you looking at a sixth generation Maserati Quattroporte Shooting Brake?
Well, eleven years ago world famous Italian coachbuildingfirm Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera unveiled the Maserati Bellagio Fastback Touring, which was a 5-door Shooting Brake based on the previous fifth generation Maserati Quattroporte. According to numerous motoring publications, CarrozzeriaTouring Superleggera produced just four examples of the Maserati Bellagio Fastback Touring with one example crossing the auction block back in May 2013, eventually selling for a decent €117,600. However, one enthusiast of the Maserati Bellagio Fastback Touring was so disappointed that he missed his chance to acquire the vehicle at auction, he decided to build his own Quattroporte Shooting Brake and the vehicle featured in this article is the finished product.
The vehicle featured in this article originally started life as a 2015 Maserati Quattroporte, however it was first registered in 2016. In order to bring his dream automobile to life, the owner/creator of this Maserati Quattroporte Shooting Brake turned to numerous UK based coachbuilding firms, but as mentioned earlier in this article the costs involved were extremely high and this stalled the project for a while. However, the owner/creator of this bespoke Maserati eventually found Adam Redding, who is a top class automobile restorer and after going over the budget and a few renderings the owner/creator of this Quattroporte Shooting Brake commissioned Mr Redding for the build and the project was back on track.
After roughly 1,500 man hours, this Maserati QuattroporteShooting Brake was born and it looks absolutely fantastic. As you can see from the images featured in this article, the entire Shooting Brake conversion has been expertly done, in fact the quality of the Shooting Brake conversion is so good one could easily think it was produced by Maserati themselves. Besides the eye catching Shooting Brake body style, on the outside this Maserati Quattroporte Shooting Break features a gleaming Gunmetal Grey Metallic exterior paint finish and a set of 20-inch Mercurio alloy wheels. Inside, this Maserati QuattroporteShooting Brake features an immaculate solid Nero (black) leather interior with piano black interior trim pieces and it is fully loaded with niceties which include satellite navigation, a sunroof, heated seats, an electronic tailgate, keyless entry, keyless start and a reverse camera just to mention a few.
Under the hood, you will find a 3.0 litre, turbocharged, V6 diesel engine which delivers a modest 271 hp (202 kW) and 600 Nm of torque. As this one of a kind Maserati QuattroporteShooting Brake retained the factory standard Maserati powerplant, we at Enzari are pretty sure it has also retained the factory standard 8-speed automatic transmission. If this is indeed the case, the 8-speed automatic transmission will send all available power directly to the rear wheels which ultimately allows this Maserati Quattroporte Shooting Brake to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.4 seconds and on to a manufacturers claimed top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Considering all the work that has gone into this vehicle, I think the diesel powerplant lets it down slightly and I am positive I am not the only one that thinks this.
However, despite it’s disappointing diesel powerplant this Maserati Quattroporte Shooting Brake has covered a mere 14,023 kilometers (8,714 miles) since new and it has had just one owner in it’s three year life. As mentioned earlier in this article, this 2016 Maserati Quattroporte Shooting Brake has been listed for sale and it is currently being offered by UK based exotic automobile dealership Autostorico. Unfortunately, no asking price for this one off Maserati has been listed on the Autostorico website but taking into account all the custom work that has gone into this vehicle, I am pretty sure it won’t be cheap. However, according to Autostorico “this exquisite, one of a kind, Maserati is surely the only way to transport five adults with their luggage in an icon of Italian elegance” and we at Enzari agree one hundred percent.
Steve & Chris Parry are contributors from stevespeedza.blogspot.com