Lot 244 - 1968 Maserati Quattroporte Series II
|Odometer reading||79,578 miles|
|Result||Sold - £59,996|
- Rare factory right hand drive manual
- Restored matching numbers example
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 gearbox 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.
As detailed by the Maserati certification AM1072400 was originally produced at the Maserati factory on 31st October 1969. This very rare factory right hand drive manual example was delivered new to Australia and originally in Luci di Mezzanotte with white leather trim. Now presented in blue coachwork with complementary blue leather luxury trim and stunning walnut veneer. Little of the cars early history is known, it is believed to have been owned by a Mr. Huntley from 1984 to 1998 when he sold the car with the House of Maserati in Sydney, Australia to a Bob Burnes who carried out an initial body restoration before selling in early 2012 to a Maserati collector who completed an engine rebuild, all of which is detailed in the history file. In 2014, Oldtimer Australia purchased the car and enlisted Autodelta to compile a full inspection and rectify any minor issues before servicing, Oldtimer Australia then sold the car to our vendor, a successful collector and businessman in aviation who is the current custodian of a modest collection of classic cars.
Our vendor who has high standards for his cars sent the car to Joe Macari for servicing when it arrived and some remedial work in 2015 before he commissioned the well-respected classic car specialist, Adam Redding to recommission and further finish the car to his exacting standards. Between 2015 and 2016 a further £30,000 plus was spent and the car thus now is in fine fettle indeed, often seen gracing the streets of West London turning heads as it goes. A fabulous opportunity to own a stylish well restored icon of the 60’s.
Previous lotLot 243 - 1969 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.