Quattroporte Evoluzione 2.0 problem

Some sources show that Quattroporte IV Evoluzione was available with 2.0 V6 engine, when in fact Ferrari management dropped it for couple reasons. Firstly to upscale the whole marque and secondly to distance it’s reputation from the 2.0 Biturbos. And after this change and the introduction of 3200 GT, whole Maserati lineup was made up of 2.8 and 3.2 capacity engines.

Old production numbers:
Quattroporte Evoluzione 2.0 V6 200
Quattroporte Evoluzione 2.8 V6 190
New production numbers:
Quattroporte Evoluzione 2.8 V6 390

Reason: the other remaining model is a V8 Evoluzione and it’s production numbers are not changed, so all the available numbers should be counted as (2.8) V6 Evoluzione.

From Maserati Classiche:
“The Quattroporte Evoluzione model was manufactured only with the engines V6 of 2.790cc and V8 of 3.217cc.”

Maserati Mistral Spyder Design Story

This case will bring better understanding and update Your views of origins of Maserati Mistral and of it’s designers and bodymakers.

First of all the most basic information is that the Mistral Coupé was designed by Pietro Frua and was bodied at Martelleria Maggiora in Turin from 1963. Mr. Frua had sold his own workshop in 1957 to Ghia. It is to some extent incorrect to state that coachwork is by Frua when it is by Maggiora. Just like when Boano designed the Aurelia B20 GT but it was coachbuilt by Pinin Farina.

Now we move to Mistral Spyder. An interesting piece of informtion was stated and maintained by Maserati Classiche:

“Last but not least, regarding the Maserati Mistral Spyder we inform you that there is no mistake in the text. The coupé Mistral (2 posti) was indeed designed by Mr. Pietro Frau. The Mistral Spyder however, was not. In order to create a Spyder model out of the original Mistral model, the whole vehicle was reworked and redesigned (of course the inspiration is from the original Mistral) but the work was carried out by Mr. Giovanni Michelotti.” (Interview with Maserati Heritage)

And still the Spyder, same as with Coupé, was bodied at Maggiora, but under a different designer, Mr. Michelotti. So now it is completely incorrect to state ‘coachbuilt by Frua’ as both times the title lies with Maggiora of Turin.

Limited editions from Japan part 7

Maserati Quattroporte IV Cornes Serie Speciale
Numbered edition, 50 examples, V6 and V8 Evoluzione. All automatic (this is probably due to market specifics). Maserati badge inserted into C-door-pillar. Blue Sebring Met. and Quarzo Dolomite Met. are most common exterior colours. Even though Evoluziones had the Lassale clock replaced with trident, this edition retains the original clock.

Cornes Serie Speciale 37/50 for sale on AutoScout24.

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Cornes Serie Speciale for sale on goo-net-exchange.com.

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Cornes Serie Speciale 07/50 for sale on goo-net-exchange.com.

Cornes Serie Speciale 03/50 for sale on goo-net-exchange.com.

Cornes Serie Speciale 09/50 for sale on carsensor.net.

Cornes Serie Speciale 35/50 for sale on carsensor.net.

Limited editions from Japan part 3

Maserati GranSport ‘Maserati and Cornes 10th Anniversary’
Colours: white, black and…
Special plaque on the center console, special kick plates
Front fenders with italian flag emblem
19” Trofeo design glossy alloy rims
Carbon rear nolder
Years: 2007

Maserati GranSport ‘Maserati and Cornes 10th Anniversary’ for sale on carsensor.net
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Maserati GranSport ‘Maserati and Cornes 10th Anniversary’ for sale on carsensor.net
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Maseratis at Maranello

On National Geographic’s ‘Magafactories: Ferrari 599 GTB’ there are some Maseratis being painted at Marabello. And as the Maserati factory was being modernized at that time it seamed that Coupé, Spyder and Quattroporte V may have been asembled at Ferrari’s plat in Maranello. Maserati Classiche explained that at that time only paintjob was supplied by Ferrari and those models were assembled at Maserati, Modena.

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Monterey RM 3500 GT Spyder Prototype

With Monterey RM auctions coming i have some issue with Maserati 3500 GT Spyder Prototype’s description.
http://www.rmauctions.com/lots/lot.cfm?lot_id=1067923
RM states that:
“One of a believed three Vignale-bodied prototypes”

But of all Convertible prototypes and one-offs, there were 5 Vignale creations, including one Special and 4 prototypes:

I have contacted Maserati Classiche and awaiting reply

3500 GT Convertible prototypes:
Prototypes:
AM101.010 Touring ’58
AM101.124 Touring ’58
AM101.126 Touring ’58
AM101.268 Frua ’59
AM101.504 Vignale ’59
AM101.504/C Vignale Speciale ’59
AM101.505 Vignale ’59
AM101.623 Vignale ’59
AM101.678 Vignale ’59

 

Update:
Maserati Heritage was unable to answer my questions because they are still researching their history.