Maserati first used the name Quattroporte (literally four doors) in 1963 on the Pietro Frua designed masterpiece, but the name continued (and continues) to be used on 4-door luxury sedans from the Italian car builder. The 3rd generation was built during the Alejandro de Tomaso reign at Maserati from 1979 through 1990 with styling coming from a guy named Giorgetto Giugiaro. Find this 1980 Maserati Quattroporte offered for $8000 in Manhattan, NY (or get it with 2 more running/driving QPs for $10k). Tip from Cory.
The 4Port makes quite a statement sitting on the street in Manhattan or rotting away in a garage in Idaho, but I’m really not sure what the statement is. Sure, it looks cool, and has the trident badge on the side…but this is a car that is about as reliable as prison sushi.
Under the hood is a Maserati V8 — either a 4.1 liter engine good for 252 horsepower or the larger 4.9 liter version good for 276 horsepower. I’m no expert on Maserati V8s, but perhaps someone more familiar can help in the comments with IDing the engine — and I would be surprised if that carburetor setup is stock from the 80s.
You’d have to be at least a little bit insane to consider buying this one (or all three) Quattroportes; any logical person could tell you that this is a terrible idea for any number of reasons. But we heartily encourage that type of crazy.
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