While the Biturbo brought a lot of negative press to the Maserati party during the 1980s, there was another model that flew under the radar: the third generation Quattroporte. It's Giugiaro penned lines aped a bit of the Maserati Kyalami and De Tomaso Longchamp, but on a grander scale. Available with a 4.1 or 4.9 liter V8, this luxury sedan offered impressive power in an era of engines strangled by emissions controls. With a plush leather to back up this power, this was a great long distance cruiser. Much like today's fifth generation Quattroporte, this car was the choice for executives wanting something just a bit more special than the usual run of the mill luxury sedan. This Quattroporte for sale in Louisiana looks handsome in brown with aftermarket wheels that aren't oversized and fit the character of the car.
1982 Maserati Quattroporte, VIN ZAMBC1109CA302062 50,000 actual miles. Current owner for about three years. Car is sorted and all maintenance up to date, ready to enjoy. These are wonderful cruisers………..great on the highway. It is very reliable. Driven regularly. Honestly represented, best validated with personal inspection and drive. Complete documented mechanical refurbishing as listed below.
Engine: Engine is strong with no smoking or noise upon start up and excellent oil pressure. Excellent oil pressure, car starts and runs exceptionally well. Current timing chain adjustment. Valve cover gasket / half moon seal replacement, Mobil one synthetic 20 - 50. NEW proper radiator core with all new hoses and clamps. New thermo switch. New thermostat and seal, BMW factory antifreeze. All emissions removed, fans are now on custom wiring harness complete with relays and fuses, bypassing original fuse block. Both fans are wired to come on. Overflow reservoir re-located to stock euro position. New coil, dist cap, rotor, plugs and plug wires. Air filter, new high torque gear reduction starter. All under hood parts re-plated. Trans cooler hoses replaced. Bosch 120 amp (orig 75) alt and new regulator, recent Bosch battery, new A/C blows cold and holds charge. New a/c dryer and press switch, new valves on compressor head.
BRAKES: Rebuilt master cylinder with new reservoir ($$$). New front and rear flex lines, EBC red pads. Rear EBC pads. Backing plates and hardware nickel plated
SUSPENSION: New front poly A arm bushings, new ball joints, refinished control arms. New front and rear shock bushings.. New front wheel bearings and seals. New inner and outer rear wheel bearings with seals. New tie rods/boots. New updated steering column bushing. Rear wheel bearings and seals properly replaced. All parts detailed, New rear shock bushings.
EXHAUST: New Stebro stainless center exhaust sections, ANSA rear tips on good stock rear exhaust. New hangers.
Wheels/Tires: New alloys with Pirreli tires. 5th alloy wheel with new Pirrelli tires,original wheels included
MISC: New period Nakimichi cassette with properly installed hidden sony amp. Fuel tank removed and seals replaced, no rust. Custom installation of factory Maserati clock.
Very rare to have a pristine factory owners manual and pouch. Factory trouble light, Factory keys with pouches. Collection of factory printed material presented in custom embossed leather binder. Much more documented work in Excel spreadsheet.
DISCLOUSURE: Minor bubbles in lower door areas which have remained as such since my purchase. Undercarriage, floors, rockers excellent. Typical Italian gauges, but all work with some learned interpretation! Currently washer reservoir is cracked. Slight separation of stitched seam on upper portion of drivers seat, sort of hidden by seat belt.
Anywhere around the $10,000 mark seems to be the going rate for a Series 3 Quattroporte in good running and cosmetic order these days. Anything over that mark is reserved for low mileage, museum quality vehicles. The caveat here is that Maseratis from the 1980s, whether they are the oft maligned Biturbo or their bigger sibling that we see here, don’t have the inherent collectability factor that earlier and later vehicles wearing the Trident badge have. True, there are a lot of enthusiasts out there buying, running and restoring Maseratis from this period, but you have to really love these cars or buy them in top condition, as they are a losing battle when it comes to an investment. Still, the Series III Quattroporte does have presence in its own right and you certainly don't see one, especially in this condition, every day of the week.