Though It may be hard to find a fourth-generation Quattroporte in good shape, this one looks nicely preserved, sporting a sportier look and mechanics revised by Ferrari, let alone the juicy Maranello-derived. Boasting just 3 owners and a low mileage, this model was also chosen for and spotted during 007’s latest, epic adventure, on the streets of Matera. Is it you, Mr. Bond?
Marcello Gandini completed his design of Maserati’s fourth series Quattroporte with his signature, a slashed rear wheel arch style. When Ferrari took over control of Maserati in July 1997, one of the main objectives was to radically improve the quality of vehicles, who lacked in reliability problems, and the result was presented in 1998: these revised Quattroporte can be recognized be the “Evoluzione” label on the front wings.
Internally named “Tipo 337”, while a total of just 2400 Quattroporte IV’s are believed to have been manufactured between 1994 and 2001, only 340 are thought to have been equipped with a powerful 3.2-Liter, 335hp and 332-lb ft of torque, twin turbo V8 matched with a rare 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox.
Coming in a stunning Silver Grey paintwork, this Quattroporte Evoluzione is offered with a honest mileage and a desirable manual transmission, very requested among the enthusiasts. The only reported available optionals were power windows, alloys, sports suspension and a wooden steering wheel, which are featured in this very model.
The external paintwork is in great shape, showing just a minor scratch on the front bumper’s right top corner, just under the right headlight, as shown in the gallery. The vendor reports the car has never been repainted before and also states that no signs of significant repairs were found along the body during his inspection.
Furthermore, the stock 17” alloy wheels shine unkerbed, with no reported damage, while matched with Michelin Pilot Sport, 225/45ZR17 for the front and 245/40ZR17 for the rear, which appear in good condition and are reported as new. The plate appears to be period-correct.
Internally, the Blue leather appears to be lowly worn on the seat sides and around the wooden perimeter of the steering wheel. The door panels, handles and center dashboard all sport preserved wooden trims and a jubilee of shiny, dark blue leather, which were reportedly in this state when the car was purchased 6 years ago.
All instruments are perfectly working as stated by the vendor. The mechanical odometer has been photographed at just over 73’000Kms.
As for the mechanics, the vendor pointed out that this Quattroporte requires a fresh service and a clutch replacement, though - by the underside - the car appears in complete order, with no sign of rust whatsoever, as it’s always been parked indoors. It is understood that the previous two owners performed routine checks and maintenance, as reported in the documents.
This Maserati was firstly registered in Italy in September, 1998 and was purchased in November 2016 by its current and third owner in the same current overall conditions. The vendor reports that this vehicle is CRS (“Certificato di Rilevanza Storica”) eligible in Italy.
The purchase of this preserved Quattroporte will include all its stock documentation, ownership papers, service books and a pair of original keys.