The Giorgetto Giugiaro designed Maserati Quattroporte was built on a chassis closely related to the Maserati Kyalami, which was derived from the De Tomaso Longchamp and the Tom Tjaarda designed De Tomaso Deauville. It was powered by a few crazy complex Maser V8s which cost a fortune when the fail, so today's example seem very interesting. Find this 1982 Maserati Quattroporte here on eBay bidding for $8,099 reserve-not-met located in Monterey, CA with 3 days to go.
The 4Porte was named for its 4-doors, an unusual trait for something from the guys at Maserati, but it sure sounds exotic. Underneath it was fairly exotic with a quad cam V8 up front (fed via 4 weber carbs) and an IRS out back featuring inboard rear-brakes.
Pop the hood on this one and you will see a V8 that looks more at home in Ford Mustang -- it is a 5.0 V8 that is boosted with a supercharger and good for 450 horsepower (yikes!) according to the seller. Mated to a 700r4 transmission the thing breaks the tires loose from a roll and chirps into 2nd and 3rd.
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