Lot 283 - 1968 Maserati 4000 Quattroporte Series II
|Chassis Number||AM107 2112|
|Engine Number||AM107 2112|
|Odometer reading||45,807 miles|
|Estimate||£48,000 - £58,000|
|Result||Sold - £50,400|
The Quattroporte was introduced at the October-November 1963 Turin Motor Show, where a pre-production prototype was on the Maserati stand next to the Mistral coupé. Regular production began in 1964. The Tipo 107 Quattroporte joined two other grand tourers, the Facel Vega and the Lagonda Rapide and was capable of travelling at 124mph on the new motorways in Europe. It was equipped with a 4.1-litre, V8 engine, producing 260hp at 5000rpm and either a five-speed ZF manual transmission or a three-speed Borg Warner automatic on request. In 1966, Maserati revised the Tipo 107, adding the twin headlights already used on the U.S. model. A leaf-sprung solid axle took place of the previous De Dion tube. The interior was completely redesigned including the dashboard which now had a full width wood-trimmed fascia.
This rare righthand drive Series II Quattroporte is fitted with the 4.1 litre engine and was delivered via French importer, 'Agence Maserati', Thepenier to His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan on 28th December 1967 as a present to his mother, Princess Joan Aly Khan, later to become, via a second marriage, the Viscountess Camrose. Although ordered and delivered through Maserati Paris, the factory confirms that the car is an original righthand drive example, finished in dark blue with biege leather interior and first registered as SHM 24F (as it remains today) on 10th January 1968 to Princess Aly Khan at Eaton Square, London. The car remained in single ownership for a further 25 years during which time the Princess re-married to the 2nd Viscount Camrose, the former chairman of the Daily Telegraph. The car returned to the factory in Modena in July 1971 for a maintenance check prior to going into dry storage in 1972, although it was frequently driven around the Hackwood Estate. It was subsequently purchased direct from Viscountess Camrose by the second owner J.H.D. Shorten of Lamb Brocks Solicitors, Basingstoke, Hampshire in 1993. In 2004, the car was with Richard Bagshawe Shepherd, Reading. The mileage upon purchase in 1993 was 20,118 kilometres as shown on an MoT test certificate from March of that year and it has subsequently covered a total of 45,800 kilometres (28,625 miles) at the last MoT which was carried out in July 2015. The car is accompanied by 17 old MoT certificates confirming the low mileage. The car has been well maintained including an engine rebuild by Maserati specialists in 1999 and is supplied with many other bills for work carried out including invoices from respected Maserati specialist Bill McGrath. Garaged, serviced and driven every year since 1993, it has been on two major journeys; one to France of 1,500 miles and the other to Scotland totalling 2,000 miles and gave trouble free motoring. The car is accompanied by a comprehensive history file including the original log book with Princess Aly Khan listed as the first owner along with a current V5C registration document. The file also contains a signed letter from Lady Camrose to the previous owner confirming the sale of the car in January 1993. Certainly the rarest, most important and unique Quattroporte, this stunningly original car boasts extraordinarily low mileage and a detailed and significant history file along with ownership history from one of the most evocative names of the 20th century. A fine investment opportunity.
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