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Maserati Quattroporte III : Classic Cars

The dark clouds that were looming over Maserati, due to its debts, were lifted in 1977 when it was purchased by Alejandro de Tomaso. The Argentinian businessman and racing driver was on a buying spree since, apart from his own company that was founded in 1959 in Modena, he bought Maserati and Innocenti, the Ghia and Vignale studios and the Benelli and Moto Guzzi motorcycle manufacturers.

A new, enthusiastic owner meant a fresh start for Maserati. The third generation of the Quattroporte, code-named Tipo AM 330, was designed by ItalDesign’s Giorgetto Giugiaro and returned to the company’s roots.

This meant a V8 in 4.2- and 4.9-liter versions with 242-251 and 266-278HP respectively driving the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic gearbox and, despite weighing more than 2 tons, a top speed of 215-230 km/h (134-144 mph).

In 1981, the 4.2 was discontinued and the 4.9 became the sole version until 1987, when it was superseded by the Royale version that produced 296HP.

With the Quattroporte III, Maserati regained its customers’ support and sold a total of 2,141 cars.

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