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Coachwork by Vignale, Design by Frua
Constructed by Vignale and designed by Frua, the Quattroporte was unveiled at the Torino Motor Show in 1963, and the model went into production shortly thereafter. Destined to be a highly exclusive motorcar, just 679 examples of all variants of the Quattroporte were built, and with a top speed of nearly 140 mph, this lavishly equipped, superbly elegant car was easily the fastest four-door saloon of its era. Essentially without peer, it became the favored transport among many of the world’s elite, including Anthony Quinn and Prince Rainier of Monaco.
This 1966 Quattroporte Series II, identifiable by its revised dashboard and quad headlights, presents in remarkably original condition. Refinished in dark blue, the Maserati’s leather interior retains a wonderfully inviting patina, with an original look and feel. The brightwork, interior wood accents, instruments, and switchgear suggest decades of careful upkeep. The consignor acquired the Quattroporte a decade ago from Dee Elias, curator at the Riverside International Automotive Museum in California, and has since kept it in his private collection.
The Quattroporte recently received a new clutch and tune-up service, and shows less than 56,000 miles. This rare and sympathetically maintained Maserati exudes a decidedly analog-era personality, and is poised to reward its next owner with many miles of luxurious cruising in mid-century Italian style.