The Maserati Indy was a front-engined grand tourer named for its Indy 500 racing victories (in 1939 and 1940) built from 1969-1975 under Citroen ownership (seriously). This isn’t the first Indy we’ve featured, and it isn’t the first American V8-swapped Maserati on here either. An automatic transmission is an unfortunate choice for this build, but its price is crazy enough to be picked up by a builder crazy enough to embrace the car’s motif. We’re talking cowl hood, slicks and skinnies, NRA stickers, and an Italian flag windshield banner. Find this 1972 Maserati Indy with V8 swap for sale in Beverly Hills, CA for $10,000 reserve-not-met here on eBay with 3 days to go.
An all-American heart powering this Italian grand tourer, designed by Alfredo Vignale (and if we’re being honest, that name sounds delicious), is probably more logical than other engine swaps we feature. It’s the classic grand tourer equation: a reliable power plant that goes from mundane to manic with one flex of your big toe. Here, you can enjoy the swell of low-end torque without the hillbilly stigma. It’s more like an Italian hillbilly equivalent. With leaf springs and a log axle out back, it plays the part well.
This is where I admit that I’m awful at engine-spotting and accept guesses, educated or otherwise, as to what’s under the hood. In stock form, the current American V8 may not be far from the Maserati’s 320-horsepower 4.9-liter unit. However, it guarantees an enormous aftermarket. This allows daily reliability, or the generation of enough power to make tire smoke waft over Modena.
If most of the interior parts are here, they’re in rough shape. You could probably refinish the carpet and chairs, and expend some elbow grease everywhere else, and call it a day. The exterior needs exactly one capacious hood and that’s all. Well, besides the stickers.
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