We’ve featured a Quattroporte at Rare Rides on two prior events: a good looking first-generation mannequin, and one in its extra trendy kind which was reworked right into a slinky wagon.
Today’s Nineties mannequin is … neither of these issues.
After the preliminary Quattroporte’s run as a reputable and really early instance of a brilliant sedan, the mannequin (like its mum or dad firm) fell on arduous instances. After the primary era wrapped up manufacturing in 1969, Maserati constructed a few particular one-off examples for some dignitaries, then threw within the towel on sedans.
Quattroporte didn’t return till 1976, and when it did it was a really completely different kind of automobile. The massive sedan was front-drive and shared a platform with the decidedly non-sporty Citroën SM. It additionally borrowed its V6 engine from the Maserati Merak. Citroën was kind of out of cash on the time, and the Quattroporte’s second album was round for simply three mannequin years and bought in very restricted markets.
Maserati gave Quattroporte one other attempt in 1979; a brand new era developed with Alejandro de Tomaso now on the helm. The sedan was as soon as once more massive, rear-drive, and V8 powered. It additionally shared a platform with an identical DeTomaso, the Deauville. Gen three lived for a ridiculously very long time and continued in manufacturing via 1990. By that time, it was solely outdated, and Maserati was poor once more. They gave up on providing a big sedan till 1994.
The fourth-gen Quattroporte debuted that yr. The new automotive was developed beneath Fiat possession after De Tomaso bought off his stake in 1992. Fresh and modern-ish, the Quattroporte was a lot smaller than it had been earlier than: a full 23 inches shorter than its predecessor. The shrinkage was right down to its BiTurbo platform, which underpinned nearly all Maseratis of the Nineties. The styling was penned by the legendary Gandini, which confirmed in its wheel arches.
At introduction, it was accessible with a 2.0-liter twin-turbo V6 from the BiTurbo, which was later joined by a 2.8-liter V6. A spread-topping 3.2-liter twin-turbo V8 arrived as an possibility in 1996. Available as guide or computerized, the guide was a six-speed Getrag unit, and automatics had been four-speed and sourced from ZF or BorgWarner.
Mister Clarkson on Old Old Top Gear check drove the Quattroporte in 1996 and completely lambasted its driving dynamics, inside, construct high quality, value, and the washed-up nature of the model itself. Well value a watch.
More possession adjustments at Maserati occurred halfway via the Quattroporte’s run, as in 1997 Ferrari acquired a 50 p.c stake within the model. The people on the prancing horse thought Maserati was a bit crap and began on a mission to replace their manufacturing amenities, manufacturing, and high quality management. This netted a reworked Evoluzione model of the Quattroporte, which had 800 revised components and arrived halfway via 1998.
The Quattroporte lived on in its freshened kind via 2001, however was by no means delivered to North America, and bought very slowly within the markets the place it was on supply. In eight years, Maserati shifted simply 2,400 examples. It was changed by the far more aggressive fifth era in 2003.
Today’s Rare Ride is a stunning pink instance from later within the run. With a V8 engine and computerized, it was one among simply fifty or so accomplished in right-hand drive. It bought in 2017 for round $12,000.