1973 / 1975
The second version of the Quattroporte was presented in 1973 and was the last Maserati car to emerge from the turbulent period left behind by Citroën’s management. This project was given the factory code number “123”. The car was designed by the famous coachbuilder Bertone, but by a certain Marcello Gandini. It would be powered by a 3-litre Maserati V6 engine, the same that would power the Maserati Merak… and the Citroën SM. He will have a hard time giving the car the sporty character expected by the brand’s regular customers. What’s more, this model was to be fitted with front-wheel drive, and although it was very imposing in size, it did not enjoy the success that its lines might have suggested; it came at the height of the oil crisis, and a true GT of the brand cannot be front-wheel drive. The car also received the hydraulic suspension of the SM, as well as other more modest features in the cabin. Only 13 examples of the Maserati Quattroporte 2nd series were built between 1974 and 1975, due to Citroën’s receivership of the brand.