The Maserati Quattroporte broke cover back in 1963. The first production Maserati with to have more than two doors, it was also the first to be powered by a V8 engine meaning the Pietro Frua-designed Quattroporte set the tone for an almost unbroken run of luxury sports cars, cars that are now on their sixth iteration.
The car you are looking at here is one of the fourth generation of Quattroporte. Designed by Marcello Gandini and built between 1994 and 2001 it’s based on a stretched version of the Biturbo’s chassis architecture including the sublime twin-turbocharged, 24-valve V6 engine; this 2.8-litre version has 284bhp at its disposal allowing the Maserati to streak past 62mph in 5.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of almost 160mph.
All had a six-speed Getrag manual gearbox as standard, although buyers could ask for a four-speed automatic, a choice that suited the car’s nature better than you might think.
Of course, all were luxuriously appointed with extensive hide and lashings of walnut veneer.