Quattroporte I (First Series)

1964-1966 Maserati Quattroporte I - the classic sports car model in blue
1966 Maserati Quattroporte I - Second Series - interior view of the 5-seater sedan

In the early part of the decade, Giulio Alfieri started to work on a completely new project that would, in retrospect, be seen as a revolutionary concept in the world of high-performance automobiles. Inspired by the success of its Gran Turismo cars, Maserati set its sights on a sedan the equal of its coupes and spyders. The new Quattroporte—Italian for “four doors”—would have to offer the same pedigree and level of elegance, refinement and power for which the marque had become famous. With a top speed of 143 mph, it was the fastest four-door production car at the time. The design was from stylist Pietro Frua, who took inspiration from his original 5000GT, and the bodies were built by Vignale. The car used a modern sheet-steel monocoque structure with box-section rails instead of a traditional tubular frame, and its 4.2-liter V8 engine derived from the unit used in the 5000GT. Seven examples were built with a 4.7-liter engine. Famous Quattroporte I customers included Anthony Quinn, Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi and Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

Data sheet Quattroporte 4.2 Quattroporte 4.7
Model code Tipo AM107Tipo AM107
Body type 4-door, 4/5-seater saloon4-door, 4/5-seater saloon
Design Frua (Vignale)Frua (Vignale)
Production years 1964 - 19661965
Maserati era Orsi familyOrsi family
Numbers produced 2527
Chassis Steel monocoque with front subframeSteel monocoque with front subframe
Dry weight1,810kg1,810kg
Engine configuration 90° V8,double overhead camshaft90° V8,double overhead camshaft
Maximum power 260hp @ 5,000rpm 290hp @ 5,200rpm
Top speed 210km/h230km/h
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