Maserati’s Quattroporte V is, to my eyes at least, the most beautiful saloon car of its generation. With its svelte styling, Ferrari-derived V8, luxurious interior and a high level of performance, I think it is safe to count this as a super saloon. Unlike more modern fast saloon cars, there is nothing brash nor aggressive about the Quattroporte, and it is all the better for it.
This particular Quattroporte was first registered on the 1st September 2009 at Dick Lovett Sporting Limited in Cardiff. It is an early facelift car fitted with the 4.2 litre V8, but with the preferable automatic gearbox. Since that time it has had five owners and covered just under 81,500 miles, with entries in the service book from both Maserati dealerships and specialists. The last entry shows a service being carried out at 78,416 miles, in 2019. All four wheels and tyres have been very recently replaced, and there has been work to the rear suspension, with a parts cost alone (inc wheels and tyres), approaching £4,000.
The car presents very well cosmetically, with little in the way of age related marks to the exterior. The interior is in similarly good condition with some minor creasing and wear to the front seats, but the black leather appears smart and in good order throughout. I can confirm that it is a very comfortable and pleasant place to sit whether coasting along the motorway or travelling quickly along B-roads.
Even from inside the cockpit the sound of the car makes you well aware that you’re driving an Italian V8, and I’m sure that any low economy figures could be attributed to the noise it creates as much as any other attribute. Over roughly 1,000 miles in the car I’ve managed to attain a figure of 19.5 miles per gallon (average), across a mixed use of motorways and country B-roads. It is entirely possible to increase and reduce that figure, but it can also be used to show other halves that it ‘really isn’t THAT bad’ for a saloon car of this performance level.
The history file for this car details plenty of expected expenditure over recent years, showing that the car has been well cared for by previous owners. The private registration number ‘R1 PYO’ also stays with the car, and is believed to have a value of around £500, so if it isn’t to your taste then it is always possible to sell that VRN and replace it with something that suits you better.
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