|Year||1982||Engine capacity||4930 cc|
|Exterior colour||Argento Metalizzato||Engine configuration||V8 with four double Webers|
|Interior colour||Tabacco||Engine number||Matching|
|0 - 100 km/u||8.2 sec||Wheels||Michelin XWX|
|Top speed||230 km/u||Production numbers||2155|
|VIN number||AM33049A004662||Other||Very beautiful and original car|
By the late 1970s, it had become painfully clear to Citroën that the Italians working under French leadership felt like one of Gordon Ramsey’s kitchen helpers. Fortunately, there was an Argentinian with a great sense for what discerning, stylist motorists of the day wanted, and he then set about getting everyone in Modena and Milan onboard. DeTomaso commissioned Giorgetto Giugiaro, of Italdesign, to develop a rear-wheel driven sedan with a traditionally powerful V8 engine under the hood. DeTomaso however did not have access to modern marketing tools or Gallup polling in order to get a sense of what people most wanted in a car. He instead had to trust his instincts, and was proved right when the Quattroporte III went on to become Maserati’s most successful car. By today's mass-production standards, 'only' 2,155 of these cars were ever built - for Maserati the car was a great success at that time. The Italian President Pertini, Luciano Pavarotti, Malcolm Forbes, and the kings of Morocco and Jordan would all eventually own one and ride in style in the car’s lush, Poltrona Frau leather-covered front and back seats. Perhaps in an effort to make life easier for their chauffeurs, these celebrities ordered this the first-ever Maserati to ever come with an automatic transmission. The readily available torque of the powerful V8 renders this car both comfortable and fast. At the time the Quattroporte III was the fastest sedan in the world. And even now the Quattroporte III impresses for both its stunning appearance and superior driving performance. What an impressive torque and thrilling–sounding engine, a truly majestic driving experience, offered by this sleek muscular Italian. Yes, she’s big, yet extremely elegant. And now very affordable.
As standard, a Quattroporte came equipped with air conditioning, power steering, four electric windows and central door locking. Initially, only one interior color was offered, shown here, dark brown leather combined with genuine walnut. The seats are fully electrically adjustable. There is adjustable air conditioning vent in the backseat.
The shape of this rather large Quattroporte looks best when in this color, Argento Metalizzato. The sharp lines render the Quattroporte unique. And big, in every respect. The body is flawless – no damage or stone chips. And of course totally rust-free. The metal sheeting is original - never welded or plastered. Perfect closures all around. The paintwork is exceptionally fine, with a beautiful deep shine. This Quattroporte exudes a remarkable air of originality.
The interior deserves special praise: every element is wholly original, undamaged. No wear or tear anywhere – even the original floor carpeting is flawless, as is the center armrest. The often vulnerable walnut wood on the dashboard and door panels is beautiful and uncracked. The steering wheel is smooth and covered in the original leather. The dashboard and the door panels also feature beautifully double-stitched leather, which is pristine and tight. The leather on the seats is wonderfully soft and of an even color, with the seats retaining their original shape and support. A true time machine: step in and it’s 1982 again.
This Quattroporte has the most powerful 4.9ltr. engine type, with the V8 delivering 280hp with ease, and was once the fastest sedan in the world. The original engine, housed in a pristine engine compartment, runs beautifully, sounds great and does not leak oil or smoke. In the trunk, all is original and pristine, including the original dark brown velour upholstery. In the storage compartment, one finds the spare tire and car tools in two bags. The original, 15-inch Campagnolo wheels have new XWX Michelin tires all around.
Originally sold new in Italy, one of the only 2,155 Quattroporte III’s ever built. It’s clear to see that this is a classic car that has ‘aged beautifully’ - not easy to find one in such mint condition. The previous owner was a collector who, owing to advanced age, is no longer able to properly care for his collection; hence, his mechanic asked me if I was interested. Such a beautiful model simply cannot be ignored, and quite right, too.