Theme Week: A Tribute to Sergio Pininfarina: 2006 Maserati Quattroporte

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to test drive a Maserati Quattroporte for the first time. Upon meeting this machine, I was amazed that something this big could be so hard edged. Also, I am in agreement with most in the motoring press about whether I could live with the DuoSelect automated manual gearbox. Nevertheless, I was captivated by this car and the awesome power and sound from the Ferrari derived 4.2 liter V8. It is certainly one of the more memorable cars I’ve driven. This sedan also happens to be another modern classic that Sergio Pininfarina had a hand in bringing to fruition. As good as the Porsche Panamera is, the aesthetics of the Quattroporte show up its rival from Stuttgart. This Quattroporte for sale in Las Vegas represents a chance for motoring enthusiasts of more modest means to experience a fine Italian exotic.

2006 Maserati Quattroporte

2006 Maserati Quattroporte

* With only 23,155 miles
* Factory original Maserati Quattroporte with absolutely no engine or suspension modifications
* Clean California title
* No dents or major scratches
* Extremely clean
* Carfax Certified
* Nearly flawless in every way
* Maserati calls this color "Carbon Black" - all original body panels
* Premium Black leather interior

Options and features
6-Speed manual transmission w/automatic clutch
Paddle shifters w/sequential/automatic modes
Navigation system
Bose sound system
6 Disc CD changer
Alcantara headliner
Projector beam lens Bi-Xenon headlights
Rear window shade
Heated leather seats
Power reclining rear seats
Front and rear parking sensors
Auto-leveling adaptive suspension
Electronic traction control
Automatic dual-zone climate control
Staggered 18” Alloy wheels on Michelin Pilot Sport tires
Front tires (245/45ZR18) have 7/32” tread
Rear tires (285/40ZR18) have 4/32” tread
394-hp, 333 ft.lbs of torque 4.2-liter V8 engine
Buyer will receive one original master key with one original remote fob, front and rear floor mats and all the books

This is a rare opportunity to purchase a car designed by Pininfarina in superior, nearly-new condition. Everything works perfectly and this Maserati drives just like a new one - really. Third party inspections are always welcome. There is no rust and no sign of abuse in any way. No objectionable odors, No burns, no tears and only very little wear on the driver's seat side bolster. Mechanically this Maserati Quattroporte is in excellent condition. The paint is smooth and shiny, brakes are strong, transmission shifts perfectly, engine is smooth and quiet. This car needs nothing.

It’s almost hard to fathom that some cars which were once hovering around $100,000 when new have dropped below $40,000 just a few years later. Depreciation, then, is a wonderful thing. With 23,000 miles, a prospective buyer might expect another 20,000 before a major service and clutch replacement. Within the same price range, you could get a car with about 20,000 more miles with a recent service. Even with faults such as high maintenance costs and a somewhat balky gearbox, after driving one, I’ve fallen under the Quattroporte’s spell. It’s certainly a car that has wound up on my bucket list.

-Paul

2 thoughts on “Theme Week: A Tribute to Sergio Pininfarina: 2006 Maserati Quattroporte”

  1. I might prefer to drive a Porsche Panamera, but I certainly prefer to look at this Maserati Quattroporte. Absolutely stunning for such a large sedan. Too bad about the cranky transmission though.

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