14th Jun, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

 
  Lot 37
 

1970 Maserati Indy 4.2 litre
1 of just 440 examples made

Estimated at £38,000 - £45,000

Lot details

Registration No: FBY 195H
Chassis No: AM116*358
MOT: Exempt

  • Reputedly supplied new to South Africa and first owned by a professional basketball player
  • Imported to the UK in 1988 and acquired by its registered keeper later that same year
  • Featured in Classic & Sportscar magazine (January 2001 issue)
  • The subject of much restoration and improvement work over the past three decades
  • Matching chassis and engine numbers and original Blue leather upholstery

Although not officially announced until the March 1969 Geneva Salon, the Maserati Indy had appeared in prototype guise on Carrozzeria Vignale's stand at the previous season's Turin Salon. Named in honour of the marque's two great Indianapolis 500 victories (1939, 1940), the newcomer was artfully styled; its crisp lines belying a four-seater interior. Notable as the first Maserati to employ unit construction, the Fastback Coupe was equipped with independent coil-and-wishbone front suspension, a well-located 'live' rear axle, front / rear anti-roll bars, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes and recirculating-ball steering. Initially powered by a 4136cc 'quad-cam' light alloy V8 allied to either five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission, the Indy boasted a 155mph top speed. Superseded by later 4.7 and 4.9 variants, just 440 4.2 litre examples were made.

According to a handwritten letter on file from its long-term custodian of thirty-four years, chassis AM116*358 was built during 1969 and supplied new to a professional basketball player based in Durban, South Africa; the Maserati being the only Italian Grand Tourer capable of accommodating his 7ft 2in frame. Still wearing a rear window sticker for marque specialist Viglietti Motors of Cape Town, the Indy was imported to the UK during 1988. Acquired by its registered keeper later that same year, he entrusted the four-seater to the Fullbridge Carriage Company of Maldon for a bare metal respray and colour change from Blue to Silver in 1993 (at an indicated 82,000km). Featured in the January 2001 issue of Classic & Sportscar magazine, when it was pitched against an Aston Martin V8, ‘FBY 195H’ was fitted with an aluminium bonnet and repainted again by J.S. Bodyworks (the work being completed during November 2006). Now showing some 152,000km on its odometer, the past three decades have seen the Indy benefit from attention to its power steering, suspension, brakes, carburettors, alternator, fuel system and drivetrain. The clutch was renewed in 2014, the gearbox fettled by Phil Peacock in 2016, the air-conditioning compressor replaced in 2019, the timing chain / associated tensioner refurbished in 2020 and replacement stainless steel exhaust manifolds installed in 2022. Much of the fettling was carried out by the renowned, Hertfordshire-based firm McGrath Maserati whose Managing Director Andy Heywood valued ‘FBY 195H’ at £70,000 during October 2019.

Pleasingly retaining what it appears to be its original interior complete with Blue leather upholstery and the distinctive, early series ‘dual binnacle’ dashboard, the Maserati also sports a wood-rimmed steering wheel and Green-on-Black’ Veglia instruments. Starting readily upon inspection and running well during our recent photography session, the four-seater rides on correct-type, 14-inch Borrani alloys. The factory-fitted 4.2 litre V8 engine remains in situ and developed a healthy 231bhp and 247lbft of torque when rolling road tested by Atspeed Racing of Rayleigh during December 2019. A rival in period to the likes of the Ferrari 365 GTC/4 and Lamborghini Espada but considerably less expensive today, the Indy is a much-underrated model. A presentable, usable machine, ‘FBY 195H’ is offered for sale with V5C registration document and history file.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
damian.jones@handh.co.uk
07855 493737

 

Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 14th Jun, 2023

Established in 1993, H&H has sold some of the world's most significant motorcars and motorcycles over the past 30 years. Trusted by over 75,000 clients worldwide, we are the longest established auction house of our kind in Europe and the only one owned and managed by its employees. 

An auction of classic, collector and performance motorcars to be held at the iconic and visually stunning Imperial War Museum, Duxford. Cambridgeshire. 

Auction Venue  Valuations for Sale View Catalogue

Register to Bid  Order a Catalogue

 

Bidding will take place live at the venue, online via our website, by telephone and commission. 

Parking and entry into the auction is free for auction attendees with a catalogue, available at the door. 

To enquire about entering your classic or performance car into the auction please call our sales office on 01925 210035, email sales@HandH.co.uk or click the Get A Valuation button.

All our professional valuations are complimentary and without obligation.

To take part in the live online bidding please click 'Register to Bid | Sign In' at the top of the page

 

Viewing

Tuesday 13th June 2023 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 14th June 2023 from 9am

View all lots in this sale

All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

You can collect your new pride and joy from our venue until 1pm the day following the sale or our partners are on hand to help arrange safe transportation:

               

Do you have an item to sell?

If so, contact one of our friendly specialists for your free valuation by completing the form below and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.

If you prefer to speak to humans, don't hesitate to call our office on +44 (0)1925 210035

Contact Us Today!

 

Images

Drag and drop .jpg images here to upload, or click here to select images.


Century of motoring history represented at H&H auction
World’s biggest production pick-up truck roars to auction
Mercedes-Benz 500SL delivered new to Sir Stirling Moss heads to auction
Cars from the 1910s to the 2010s head to auction for Buxton sale
H&H’s motorcycle sales off to a flying start in 2024 with market-leading 88 percent sales rate
Goon, Goon, Gone: Unique Peter Sellers 1960 Bentley heads to auction
Eclectic 150-plus classic car auction helps round out H&H’s milestone 30th year celebrations
One of the UK’s best driving Aston Martin DB5s heads to auction
Mid-century sports car icons race to Buxton auction
Former front cover ‘star’ heads to auction
Classic British motorcycles shine as 230 lots head to the National Motorcycle Museum auction
Racing legend Patsy Burt's Jaguar XK120 speeds to Buxton auction
22-strong single owner classic motorcycle collection heads to auction
Norton's racing heritage set to ignite the auction stage
Rare Frazer-Nash BMW with rich racing history to be auctioned
“The Rolls-Royce” of the motorcycle world, heads to      auction
Martini inspired Porsche 911 ‘RSR’ Tribute to head under the hammer
Rare ‘Car on Two Wheels’ heads to auction for the first time in 30 years
More than 100 classics sold in H&H’s 30th anniversary sale
Stunning classics worth more than £9 million offered in 30th anniversary auction
Rare Aston Martin DB1 heads to anniversary auction from long-term ownership
Rare Bentleys to star in 30th celebration auction
H&H Classics 30th Anniversary Auction
H&H unveils details of its 30th anniversary celebrations
Classic car owners handed ULEZ lifeline
H&H Classics auction Hurricane X-75 Prototype to National Motorcycle Museum
Vintage and modern classics lead the way at latest H&H sale
H&H offers exceptional range of vehicles spanning 11 individual decades
Pavilion Gardens. Wednesday 26th July 2023
A whimsical blast from the past: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang recreation heads to auction
From Italy with love: auction showcasing the essence of Italian design and sprezzatura
250 Motorcycles & Vintage Scooters Set To Go Under The Hammer!
March of the Mods: Lambretta owned by Paul Weller heads to auction
Lawbreakers to law enforcers: historic scooters with infamous connections up for sale
Jaguar SS100 among £2¼  million worth of classics sold at the Imperial War Museum
British classics to shine at H&H Classics’ sale
Historic Guinness Collection heads to auction
Browse The Catalogue Now! 135 Classic & Performance Cars To Go Under The Hammer.
Robbie Savage’s Ferrari F430 to be sold at H&H Classics
RAC Rally winning ‘Jaguar’ to be sold at auction
Former MP’s Bentley and Facel Vega ‘garage find’ among £1.3m worth of classics hammered away by H&H
Pavilion Gardens, Buxton Auction Preview Video
Genuine ‘matching numbers’ 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback among 89 strong classic car auction
Rare Facel Vega ‘garage find’ heads to auction
Indian 4 and Lambretta DL200
Golden opportunity to acquire famous limited edition Italjet scooter
H&H Classics commences landmark year with sale of 121 cars
‘Brand new’ Porsche 911 heading to auction after 21 years