1974 – 1978
Model History Maserati’s owner since 1968, Citroën decided that the successor to the Italian manufacturer’s Quattroporte luxury saloon would be based on a stretched Citroën SM platform. Thus the Quattroporte II inherited the SM’s underpinnings, on which was carried a four-door saloon body designed by Carrozzeria Bertone’s Marcello Gandini. Bertone was also commissioned to build the bodies. The Quattroporte II was equipped with the 2,965cc V6 engine of the Maserati Merak SS, itself an enhanced version of the original Citroën SM engine, which was coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox. The Quattroporte II made its official debut at the Paris Motor Show in October 1974 and the following month was displayed at the Turin Motor Show. Considerably different from its predecessor, the Quattroporte II featured front-wheel drive and Citroën's hydro-pneumatic suspension and swivelling directional headlights. The Quattroporte II was scheduled to commence production in January 1975, but by then Citroën was in serious financial difficulty. Fearing significant job losses, the French Government brokered a deal that saw Citroën merge with Peugeot, while Maserati was sold to the Argentine industrialist, Alejandro de Tomaso. The Quattroporte II was a casualty of the resulting restructuring, and in the event only 13 cars were completed. Origins and Documentation Dating from 1974, the car seen here is the first Quattroporte II manufactured. Finished in Silver and the only one built with headlight wipers, it was used to illustrate the Press Pack handed out at motor shows where it was on display. As well as the aforementioned Press Pack, the car’s comprehensive file contains all the paperwork documenting its transition through the hands of only three owners. Delivery Notes
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