Maserati had been building a big four door sedan named the Quattroporte for decades before Ferrari acquired a 50% stake in the company in 1997. However, the new cars wouldn't share much in common with the boxy Marcello Gandini designed cars from the 70s and 90s (or the Georgette Giugiaro designed cars from the 80s), but instead rode on a M139 platform shared with the GranTurismo and Alfa Romeo 8C with styling by Pininfarina. The new Masers put an emphasis on performance with single auto clutch gearboxes and screaming Ferrari V8 power. Find this 2006 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S offered for $13,900 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Now, I know what you're thinking...a 2006 Quattroporte for the less than the cost of a transmission service...what's the catch? And that is exactly it...this thing has the Ferrari SMG transmission and it won't shift into drive and the seller admits it has a "TRANSMISSION FLUID TOO LOW" message before he parked it...so there it sits in his garage. No idea when the outside pics were taken.
Under the hood is a 4.2 liter Ferrari/Maserati V8 that is good for 400 horsepower at a screaming 7000 rpm and 333 ft-lbs of torque at 4750 rpm. I'd hate to tear apart this one of 667 Sport GT S example, but for my cash, I'd buy this and a donor C5 Vette. Shove the LS1/Transaxle into this beast and then take the Ferrari engine and put it into the Vette -- everybody wins.
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