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The history of Maserati is a tangled web, but has resulted in some great cars. Formed by the Bologna-based Maserati brothers it was taken over by steel magnate Adolfo Orsi in 1937. It was during his son's reign that the first Quattroporte was born (it is amazing how 'four doors' sounds so exciting in Italian!). By 1971 the company was in the hands of CitroÙn and the second Quattroporte was based on an SM chassis. As CitroÙn declared Maserati bankrupt just four years later, it would also have been the last Quattroporte had the workers not forced the creation of a public company and the appointment of Alejandro De Tomaso to run it. Quattroporte number three was born under his charge.
This lefthand drive, matching numbers example cost in excess of £89,000 when delivered new to a Swiss diplomat in 1986, and has had just four keepers to date. It is a pretty rare motorcar too, as there were just 2,143 Quattroporte III's produced all told, 1,806 of which were 4.9-litre automatic variants, of which this is one. It is finished in the splendid combination of Dark Aquamarine Blue bodywork teamed with Deep Tan leather interior trim. 'C906 LOX' currently displays a total of 137,400 kilometres, yet is felt by the vendor to be in 'concours' condition, having enjoyed a bare metal respray, £9,000 engine overhaul and the fitment of countless replacement parts in recent times. It certainly appears to have been retained in tip top order throughout its life, with its maintenance record showing no less than 36 visits to specialists for the purpose of service or repair and has just been serviced at Armari supercars at the cost of £2,756. This desirable Maserati is now offered with a huge file of books, paperwork and related magazine articles. A rare opportunity.