Here’s some trivia for you: how many doors does a Maserati Quattroporte have?
Hint: it’s not a trick question.
If you guessed “four”, you’re correct!
That’s about as direct and obvious as it gets, and you didn’t have to peek at the photos (or know anything about cars) to know. It’s like asking what kind of forced induction runs under the hood of a Maserati Biturbo, or how many cubic centimeters of displacement is inside the engine of a Honda S2000. Okay, fine—that one is a trick question indeed.
P.S.: I don’t want to hear anybody uttering the phrase “Quattroporte sedan” or “Quattroporte 4-door”, because that would be as redundant as saying Maserati’s logo is a “three-pronged trident”.
Behind the fancy and eloquent Italian name, which translates to “four doors” (if you haven’t figured it out yet), is Maserati’s luxury-sports sedan line that has withstood the test of time in a segment that, at the time, was uncharted territory for the race-bred manufacturer.
Originating in the ‘60s, the Quattroporte is still produced today and is a popular choice among those seeking the prestige of the Maserati marque but never actually intending to untap the car’s potential—of which there is plenty. Nor do they care for the history of the QP whatsoever, which means they probably wouldn’t recognize one of these without checking out the rear badges first. Maserati, in a widely-criticized move instigated by parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), has watered its brand down in an attempt to broaden its market, so there’s about a couple of the new ones running around on every damn block.
No doubt the Quattroporte is one of the prettiest saloons on the road, though. With a name that describes an entire class of automobiles, it’s only right that the Quattroporte is the paragon of said class when it comes to design. Many will point to the 5th-gen QP as the most beautiful sedan ever created; I’m not going to argue. Apparently, good looks run in the family. Just take a look its ancestor right here.
Unlike the current one, the original Quattroporte is far from your everyday run-in. It retired with a production run of less than 800 units. This was Maserati’s experiment with throwing their racecar engine inside a luxury sedan. It didn’t have many peers, so it’s no surprise that the Quattroporte was the fastest 4-door of its time.
The first-gen QP, also called the Tipo 107, by BoS (Best of Show) Models shows the Phase II facelift, which differs from the Phase I by the circular headlights and the wood trim that runs along the entire length of the dash. The model reflects both of these characteristics accurately and is just a gorgeous piece all-around. My main gripe would be the lackluster interior, which lacks realism given that the gauges, dials, and A/C vents are made up of one large decal sticker; the steering wheel, however, is one of this model’s highlights.
In general, I don’t have the highest praise for BoS’s works—most of the ones I’ve seen and held have felt cheap—but this is one of the better ones, making use of some nifty chrome pieces and photo-etch parts for the emblems and badges. A worthy model for any luxury car collector.