Classy Italian - 20th April, 2018

A 400hp V8, a top speed of 270kph and 0-100kph in 5.6 seconds, and the comfort of an interior that feels like a classy Italian lounge bar. This 2006 Maserati Quattroporte is an exotic grand tourer for a very un-exotic price.

Maserati is a big name in Italian automotive history but over the decades it has been owned by everyone from Fiat to Citroen to Ferrari to Chrysler and became part of the Alfa Romeo Group about the same time this car was built. Through the wilderness years you would be a brave person to own a Maserati but in recent years ownership has become a lot less scary. That said, owning a Maserati can be a double edged sword. On one side you have exclusivity, glamour and epic performance but on the other side it is Italian and highly strung so it’s not going to be as straight forward as owning a Toyota Corolla. Everything will cost more and a good relationship with a knowledgeable mechanic is a must.

This Maserati was sold new in NZ and has travelled just 87000kms. Under the hood is one of the most beautiful V8 engines and four doors open up to reveal a spacious, classy and comfortable cabin. You could actually make the case for it being a family friendly sports car. A new V8 Quattroporte will sting you for around $280k today so at $29990 this seems like good buying. And as they are so rarely seen here, to the untrained eye it probably looks like a new one. Buy it now at Turners Penrose. More details here.

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