Unique, Individualised 1965 Maserati Quattroporte
UNIQUE, INDIVIDUALISED 1965 FIRST-SERIES MASERATI QUATTROPORTE I 4700
For Sale with H&H Classics at Woodcote Park on 6th June. Estimate: £80,000-100,000
A marque loved by people like Lionel Messi, Cameron Diaz and Luciano Pavarotti
This matching numbers, Frua-styled Maserati Quattroporte I (Iniezione) 4700 of the first series, in black with its scarlet seats, takes one’s breath away. A highly desirable collector’s dream, it will be sold by H&H Classics at their RAC Woodcote Park sale on June 6th for an estimated £80,000-100.000.
The stunning LHD 1965 Maserati Quattroporte I 4700, chassis AM107*504* was delivered new on 7th June 1965 to the distinguished Italian businessman Dottore Enrico Wax, a wealthy Genoese whose importing firm sold only the finest goods including Scotch whisky and Connolly leather. A personal friend of Enzo Ferrari, Dr Wax also owned several Ferraris coachbuilt to his own ideas. And this Maserati, one of only 50 left of the 250 first-series cars originally made and completely restored in 2012/2013, has a lot of special options as well, all of which have been documented.
Normally the engine capacity would have been 4,200 cc, but this car has the first 4,700 cc featured in the first series. The name Iniezione came from the original Lucas Injection system, but in 1966 that was replaced by carburettors on request of Dr Wax (Note: this can be reversed since the injection parts are still available). Furthermore, the automatic gearbox was replaced by a ZF manual unit and Bosch electric components were installed instead of the Magneti Marellis.
Other options Dr Wax requested were power-assisted steering, special double exhaust pipes (each 60 mm) and two enlarged petrol tanks (50 litres each, normally 35 litres) increasing the car’s touring range significantly. The car has a De Dion rear axle, while the AM 107A had a rigid axle.
The plush interior features rossa Connolly Vaumol leather upholstery and a Maserati Sebring dashboard with black leather instead of wood, also one of Dr Wax’s preferences. Furthermore, it has electric windows, chrome rings on the dashboard dials, a Bakelite and aluminium steering wheel and the original Blaupunkt radio system with four speakers. The factory record player was replaced by an air-conditioning unit, again by request.
The distinctive look of the car is in part down to the double Carello headlights, also a feature Dr Wax chose for. The Borrani Record wheels bear their original hubcaps, with a red Maserati logo (for the Iniezione), instead of blue ones.
The present owner, member of the technical committee of the Dutch Maserati Club, restored the car completely in 2012-2013. UK-based Maserati 107-expert Gerhard Reinecke describes the car on his website: CLICK HERE
“Although it doesn't look like that from the outside, this beautiful Maserati is a genuine one-off, 'customised' car. It really is one for the true connoisseur.”
Martin Van Der Zeeuw | H&H Classics - Europe
There have been six generations of the Maserati Quattroporte, with the first introduced in 1963, and the current model launched in 2013. As a large saloon car powered by V8 engines, both were firsts for a series production Maserati. Top speed claimed by Maserati for the V8 engine was 143mph, one of the fastest four-door cars of its time.
Maserati sports saloons have always found buyers among the rich and famous, including the Aga Khan, the Shah of Iran and Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Sandro Pertini, president of Italy from 1978-1985, owned a Quattroporte Royale as his official car, and so did Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, 10th president of Italy from 1999-2006. Modern-day Maserati owners are footballer Lionel Messi and actress Cameron Diaz.
Author: H&H Classics