Maserati Quattroporte II AM123, generation #2





Maserati Quattroporte II AM123 2

Year of production 1974 - 1978

Model: Quattroporte (1963 - ...)

Wikipedia (Quattroporte): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maserati_Quattroporte

In 1974, at the Turin Show, Maserati presented its Quattroporte II (AM 123) on an extended Citroën SM chassis, available since Citroën had purchased the Italian company. It had sparse and slick Bertone bodywork, penned by Marcello Gandini, and was the only Maserati Quattroporte to feature hydropneumatic suspension and front wheel drive. It also had the swivelling directional headlights like the SM/DS. However, the 1973 oil crisis intervened. This, combined with the collapse of the Citroën/Maserati relationship, made Maserati unable to gain EEC approval for the car. Most of the cars built were sold in the Middle East and in Spain, where such type approval was not necessary.

The front-wheel drive layout and the modest V6 3.0-litre powerplant based on the Citroën SM engine did not attract many customers. Its 210 PS (154 kW) at 5,500 rpm was barely enough to propel the 1,600 kg (3,500 lb) car to 200 km/h (124 mph).

Citroën realized this, so in 1974, they asked Maserati to develop a V8. An SM was used to test this 260 PS (191 kW) motor - the adjustments needed were surprisingly modest and transformed the SM into a true sports car. The bankruptcy of Citroën and Maserati ended this V8 development programme in 1975.

Maserati made 13 Quattroporte IIs. While the prototype was built in 1974, the succeeding twelve cars were built to order between 1976 and 1978. The nearly stillborn Quattroporte II project was very costly for the small company, which found itself in debt to the tune of four billion lire by the end of 1978.

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