This four door Maserati was ordered in 1971 by Karim Aga Khan and built on the chassis of the Maserati Indy. This special car was powered by the well known 4.9 litre V8 engine (Tipo 107/49), producing 300 PS (221 kW), thereby giving the car a very reliable mechanical profile. Chief engineer of the project was Rory Brown.
Carrozzeria Frua clothed the car, the prototype of which was displayed in Paris 1971 and Geneva 1972. The styling, although traditional, was for that period elegant without being too spectacular. The car represented the logical successor to the Quattroporte I, also designed by Frua, and was production ready, even receiving its own chassis code (AM 121).
Citroën, the then owners of Maserati, encouraged a policy of producing cars utilising as many French components as possible so they used their influence to have Maserati to develop the Quattroporte II on the basis of the Citroën SM instead.
In the end only two of these special Quattroportes were finished, chassis #004 was sold by Maserati to Karim Aga Khan in 1974 and the prototype #002 went to the King of Spain, who bought his directly from Frua. Bertone got to design the Quattroporte II.
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