An exciting project and a great opportunity.
McGrath Maserati are delighted to offer this, the final car from the Patrick Martin collection of classic Maseratis. This Quattroporte Series One was bought by Patrick in 2010 and has been the subject of much recommissioning work in his ownership.
AM107*1414* was manufactured in June 1967 and is a 4.2litre version of the Tipo 107a Quattroporte. This later version was instantly recognisable by its quad headlights but also featured an upgraded dashboard and the simpler solid rear axle in place of the earlier version’s complex De Dion unit.
When new, the car was exported to West Nyack, New York USA and spent most of its life in that area. By the mid-1980s it had migrated to the other side of Niagara Falls to Hamilton, Ontario. Other than that, little is known of its early life.
When new, the car was painted in Argento Auteuil (silver) and the interior was trimmed in brown Connolly leather. By the time it was imported into the UK in 2009, the exterior had been painted the current Italian racing red but the interior was still largely original.
Before it left the USA, the car had also acquired a replacement engine, which was common during that period if there was a fault with the original. Replacements were seen as the only cost-effective option in those pre-classic car days. The engine fitted was out of a similar Quattroporte, manufactured six months later and interestingly originally supplied to Signora Benelli of the famous Motorcycle Company in Pesaro, Italy. How the engine came to arrive in Canada will probably remain forever a mystery, but it is at least as close to the original as possible.
In the current ownership, much work has been undertaken to improve the interior with newly trimmed seats and door cards and a new set of carpets, all of which are very inviting. The bodyshell is basically sound and capable of passing an MOT but the paint and some of the outer body shaping is not to the kind of quality expected of restorers today.
Mechanically, much work has been done on the brakes and clutch and the engine starts easily, but the engine bay remains unrestored and realistically, this car should be viewed as a project.
The mileage in Patrick’s ownership has been miniscule and other projects have always vied for attention with this one. Hence the decision to sell.
This is a good opportunity (one of the last for sure) to buy an unrestored Maserati in the old school way. These are supercool, stylish cars with sportscar performance and handling and this one has the added benefits of being left-hand-drive, having the factory fit ZF power steering and the early ZF S5-20 five-speed gearbox, much lighter and more delicate to use than the later version. It is not matching numbers and is a restoration project, but it has all its importation documents, previous MOT tests and is registered in the UK.
The price is £37,500 and the car is available to view at McGrath Maserati.