History of the Maserati Quattroporte | Maserati of Daytona Beach
The quintessential Maserati brand, the Quattroporte, dates back to 1962. Pietro Frua, famed coachbuilder from the Turin region of Italy, was charged to create the body for a new line of vehicle based on his work for the 1962 Maserati 5000 GT. This one of a kind 5000 GT was designed especially for Imam of Nizari Ismailism, Prince Karim Aga Khan.
Frua created the design for the Quattroporte alongside the construction talents of the Vignale Company. The new vehicle was formally introduced to the world at the Turin Motor Show of October-November 1963.
Series I production began in 1964 after the highly successful Turin Motor Show unveiling. The first line of the vehicle, the Tipo 107, boasted the following specs:
• Top speed of 124 mph (200/km/h)260 hp
• 4.1 L V8 engine
• 5 speed manual or 3 speed automatic transmission
• As the car was exported to the United States, a slightly different version of the headlights replaced the rectangular lights of the European version due to federal law. This initial generation of Quattroporte was also quite unique because of its independent front suspension and unibody steel structure. The Series I was limited to 230 total units between 1963 and 1966.
The Series II of the Quattroporte began in 1966 as Maserati decided to overhaul the Tipo 107. The European design of the headlights was changed to match the rounded headlights of the United States model, and a solid axle replaced the De Dion tube axle that previously stood. The Series II also completely remade the interior with a wood trim. The Series II also upgraded the performance specifications:
- Buyers had a choice of the 4.1 L or a new 4.7 L engine
- 286 hp
- Top speed 158 mph (255 km/h)
At the time, the Quattroporte was the fastest four door saloon in production. Just over 500 of the Quattroporte Series II were produced, and the line was ended in 1969.
The quality of the first Quattroporte lines were so renowned that many of the features from the 1960 models stand today. For instance, the aluminum quad cam engine remained a staple of Maserati for quite some time after, and was introduced to the world through the Quattroporte.
The third generation of Quattroporte took features from show cars desiged by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Medici I and II, which in turn were based on the Kyalami coupe. November 1976 saw the formal introduction of the Quattroporte III to the world, although the production line did not start until 1979.
The Maserati Royale was produced as a luxury upgrade of the Quattroporte. The Royale was a built to order vehicle with electric adjustable seats, a 4.9 L engine, rear door tables and a mini bar. It also introduced alloy wheels and side sills colored in silver. Only 53 of this luxury vehicle were ever produced.