One of only seven UK right-hand drive examples 1967 Maserati Quattroporte Berlina Sportiva Tipo is heading to Silverstone Auctions this week.
The Quattroporte joined the Maserati stable in October-November 1963 when it was launched at the Turin Motor Show, where a pre-production prototype shared pride of place with a Mistral Coupe on the extravagant Maserati stand.
Styled by Frua, the V8-powered Quattroporte was a landmark model for Maserati, being the Modena firm’s first four-door saloon and its first model to utilise unitary construction. The car was powered by a downsized – to 4.2 litres – version of the 5000 GT’s four-cam V8 producing 260bhp and mated to either a five-speed ZF manual transmission or a three-speed Borg-Warner automatic on request. It featured independent front suspension and a De Dion rear axle, though the latter was replaced by a conventional elliptically sprung live axle in 1967.
Car & Driver magazine recorded a 0-60mph time of 8.7 seconds and wound their Quattroporte up to 120mph, estimating that there was another 10mph still to come, all of which was some going for a fully-equipped four-seater weighing close to two tons.
The Tipo 107 was revised in 1966 adding the twin headlights already used on the U.S. model and the interior was completely redesigned including the dashboard which now had a full-width wood-trimmed fascia. Regular production began in 1964 with the Quattroporte competing head-on with the two other established four-door Grand Tourers, the Facel Vega and the Lagonda Rapide looking for wealthy buyers wishing to traverse Europe at 120mph on the ever-increasing network of new motorways.
Swift and luxurious, the Quattroporte was necessarily expensive, with ownership confined to a relative handful of wealthy connoisseurs. Sales never reached the anticipated volumes, and by the time production ceased only 679 examples of the Quattroporte Tipo 107 and 107/A had been produced.
Of these 679, this is one of only seven right-hand drive Tipo 107 Quattroportes and was first registered new on 11/01/67 to a Dr Ernest Kay of London NW11 finished in Grigio Metallizzato with contrasting Nero Perlato roof, trimmed in Pelle Bianca Leather, and fitted with the 4.1-litre V8 engine and manual transmission. It has been enjoyed by only five previous owners (three of which were from the same family) and has covered a total of 73,900 miles. It would appear to have been well maintained by marque specialist McGrath Maserati and is supplied with a comprehensive history file which contains the current V5c registration document, many other bills for maintenance, tax discs dating back four decades, a CD of restoration work carried out in 2010, and many old MOT certificates corroborating the indicated mileage.
Garaged, serviced and used regularly as a daily driver around London by it’s current owner, it has been on a number of major journeys to France and Scotland. One of only seven right-hand drive examples, this is an original and useable 60s Maserati , one that is certain to get a lot of attention for lucky collector… http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/the-heythrop-classic-car-sale