The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 162
1982 Maserati Quattroporte III 4.9

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1982 Maserati Quattroporte III 4.9


• One of Italy’s definitive high-performance/luxury cars
• Legendary and powerful Maserati DOHC V-8 engine
• One of several Quattroportes enjoyed by George Finley
• Accompanied by spare Maserati V-8 engine and leather interior

Tipo AM330/49. 4,930 CC DOHC V-8 engine, four Weber twin-choke carburetors, 280 HP at 5,600 RPM, Chrysler Torqueflite three-speed automatic transmission, fully-independent suspension, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 2,800 mm (110”)

Succeeding the short-lived and unloved front-wheel drive Maserati Quattroporte II of 1974-78, which was based on a lengthened Citroën SM chassis, the third-generation Quattroporte marked a highly anticipated return to rear-wheel drive with “true” Maserati V-8 power. This welcome resurgence at Maserati was the result of the famed company’s purchase by Alejandro De Tomaso in the wake of the 1975 bankruptcy of Maserati and its French corporate parent, Citroën. Designated Tipo AM 330, the new Quattroporte III featured a new exterior designed by prolific Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, with the new production model influenced by elements of his Maserati-based Medici I and Medici II show cars of 1974-76.

Featuring all-steel unibody architecture, the Quattroporte III was closely related to the Maserati Kyalami, itself derived from De Tomaso’s own Longchamp and Deauville high-performance luxury sedans. Underpinnings were sophisticated, including double wishbones and anti-roll bar up front and a Jaguar-style independent rear suspension system incorporating a Salisbury-type limited-slip differential (Torsen from 1984-on) and inboard disc brakes. Powering the Quattroporte III were available DOHC 4.1- and 4.9-litre V-8 engines delivering 252 hp at 6,000 rpm and 276 hp at 5,600 rpm, respectively. Four Weber twin-choke carburetors provided induction for both engines. A choice of ZF five-speed manual and Chrysler A727 Torqueflite automatic transmissions delivered the ample power output of the Quattroporte III.

Spacious, richly trimmed leather interiors and abundant wood grain accents, plus comprehensive instrumentation and useful luggage space rendered the Quattroporte III an ideal “businessman’s express” in the finest Grand Touring tradition. Performance was breathtaking for the 4,100-pound Quattroporte III, with the 4.9-litre, automatic-transmission cars capable of nearly 140 mph. Production began in 1978 and continued until 1990, with total production reaching 2,145, including 69 4.2-litre cars, 2,025 4.9-litre examples and 51 final-series Royales.

Produced during June 1981, this 1982 Maserati Quattroporte III is one of four such cars owned by George Finley, who recently related that he immensely enjoyed owning and driving these powerful, fast and luxurious Italian driving machines when new. Fewer than 25,400 miles of use were indicated at the time of cataloguing for the example offered here. Equipped with all the expected luxury and power features and amenities, plus automatic transmission and Blaupunkt AM/FM cassette stereo, this 1982 Maserati Quattroporte III also benefits from having had its carburetor airbox made less restrictive with louvering by Shook Enterprises for lower intake-air restriction allowing the legendary DOHC engine to perform at its full potential. An additional stand-mounted engine and leather interior, liberated from a donor car, accompanies this low-mileage 1982 Maserati Quattroporte III at auction.

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