Maserati Quattroporte
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Make: Maserati
Model: Quattroporte
Maserati Quattroporte

At the height of Fiat's styling prowess, Maserati was confident to be more adventurous with the Quattroporte IV from 1994. This model was designed by Marcello Gandini, who had penned the Lamborghini Countach, although this new car was smaller, very aerodynamic and featured Gandini's trademark angular rear wheel arch. Needless to say, it was very sharp. In the early 1960s, Maserati's reputation was at a high. With growing sales, Prince Karim Aga Khan ordered a special Maserati 5000 WP, designed by Pietro Frua. The following year, Maserati showed the first-generation Quattroporte of 1963, which bore a striking resemblance to the earlier drawing. Now everyone could ride in style like a Prince, literally. The Maserati Quattroporte is a luxury four-door sedan made by Maserati of Italy. The name translated from Italian literally means Four, which is Quattro and Doors, which is Porte. Over the years, there have been five generations of the car, each separated by a period of roughly five years. In 1974, at the Turin Show, Maserati released its Quattroporte II on a Citroen SM chassis, which was chosen since Citroen had purchased the Italian company. It had an angular Bertone body, which was fashionable at the time, and was the only Maserati Quattroporte with a hydro pneumatic suspension and front wheel drive. Of course it also had the swiveling directional headlights. However, the 1973 oil crisis had intervened and demand for such cars slowed. Furthermore, the modest V6 mid-engine layout didn't attract many customers. Maserati only made 13 Quattroporte IIs. Six of them originally were pre-production cars and the other seven were built to order between 1975 and 1978. This of course was not a successful showing, and what is even more is that a lot of cost for an automobiles is incurred in the design phase, which when a car only sells 13 units, is very hard to recover.

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