It’s a Runner: 1982 Maserati Quattroporte

It’s incredibly rare to find a Maserati Quattroporte in running, driving condition that isn’t a restored car or some otherwise one-off survivor. They simply don’t show up as driver-quality cars with some of their common bugs worked out. This is because it’s usually incredibly difficult to just fix one problem and not have it create a cascading effect of other issues that either leave owners completely overwhelmed or out of patience (or both). This 1982 Quattroporte has seemingly found its way into the right kind of home, as it’s said to run well and have only minor issues at present. Find it here on eBay where bidding is at $6,350 with no reserve.

The Quattroporte presents well, with someone clearly take some liberties with a can of gold spray paint to coat the wheels and headlight bezels in a nice shade of light bronze. I’m not sure what the intended effect was, but it’s not terrible. The cosmetic improvements are just one aspect of the seller’s attention to detail, as he claims $4,000 in maintenance has been spent on the Maserati while in his care. Truth be told, that’s probably a conservative sum for a car like this, but it’s better than some of the heaps we’ve features that are simply dead cars with no history. The paint is tired in places, but the chrome bumpers and rubber trim still present well.

Even better, the interior isn’t trashed. I half expected to find out this Maserati actually had a healthy drivetrain, but of course, the opulent cockpit would need total restoration. Not so, as it still presents quite well with no major flaws that I can see from here. Those seats look incredibly comfortable, but they appear ghastly if left to bake in the sun. The seller notes the air conditioning was converted, but that a faulty control unit is preventing it from working. Now, the seller does reveal there are some small tears in the leather in both seats, but that he’s including “replacements” in the sale – but he doesn’t elaborate as to whether this is for an actual seat or a leather kit. Either way, good news for the next owner.

A 4.9-liter DOHC V-8 fitted with four two-barrel carburetors kicks out a very respectable 276 b.h.p., and the seller indicates the Maserati has no issues maintaining slightly above-legal highway speeds. Now, the trouble with this ad and so many others, is that $4,000 in maintenance is mentioned with no specific details as to what that work included. You’ll have to reach out to the seller for the specifics of what the work entailed, especially since it seems to have made a typically finnicky classic car that the kind you can hop into and log some serious highway miles. Where do you think the final bid will end up?


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  1. JCA

    The $4k in maintenance is shown in the listing photos…

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  2. t-bone BOB

    Item location:
    Woodbridge, Virginia

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  3. Paul in Ma

    I have always loved these cars. Feared them too.

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  4. Howie Mueler

    This does not look too bad, very clean and straight. Parts must be pricey.

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  5. SubGothius

    I gather a key precaution with these is to avoid parking it nose-down on an incline, as the fuel tank is positioned somewhat high above the rear axle, where a downhill orientation can gravity-feed fuel to the front, leading to a potential fire if there’s any leak in the fuel lines or pinhole in a carb diaphragm. One might fit a manual petcock valve or electric solenoid valve in the fuel line to mitigate this if it must ever be parked downhill.

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  6. t-bone bob

    Ended:May 18, 2021 , 4:34PM
    Winning bid:US $6,988.00[ 9 bids ]

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