Lot 243 - 1970 Maserati Indy
|Odometer reading||89,614 miles|
|Estimate||£36,000 - £42,000|
|Result||Sold - £48,160|
- Matching numbers
- Extensive history file
Maserati followed up its stunning Ghia-styled Ghibli two-seater with the equally elegant Indy 2+2, though the latter, announced in 1968 and noteworthy as the first unitary construction Maserati, was the work of Carrozzeria Vignale. The Indy first appeared publicly in prototype form on Vignale's stand at the 1968 Turin Motor Show and was officially launched by Maserati at the Geneva Salon in 1969. The running gear was conventional, with independent front suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, while the power unit was, initially, the Modena firm's well-tried, 4136cc, four-cam V8, with 4.7 and 4.9 litre versions following. A ZF five-speed manual gearbox was standard, with a three-speed Borg Warner automatic available to special order. With 260bhp on tap, the top speed of Maserati's luxury four-seater was in the region of 150mph, a figure the subsequent larger-engined versions improved upon. The sleek Vignale coachwork was so effective that the Indy was able to carry four people in relative comfort without impairing its performance as a sports car.
This sleek and attractive example of this iconic Italian sports car is presented light blue with white leather interior. The Maserati Club of Great Britain confirmed (letter in history file) that this car is a matching numbers example and is offered in the same external and internal colours as it left the factory with on 21st June 1970. It was first sold to a dealer in Modena, Italy and at some point in its history, it was shipped to Australia. It was probable that during its time in Australia, the car was converted from left hand drive to its current configuration. It is presented in wonderful condition throughout with its powerful 4136cc engine mated to a five-speed gearbox, providing good performance. This car comes with a significant history file containing many invoices from Australia and the UK which chronicles all work carried out over the years. A pretty car in lovely condition with a great history, this surely must be one of the nicest examples available today.
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