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1986 Maserati Quattroporte

The third generation of the Maserati Quattroporte, known as the Tipo AM 330, was produced from 1979 through 1990. It followed the front-wheel drive Quattroporte II which had been developed while under the brief Citroen ownership. The Quattroporte III was developed under the Alejandro de Tomaso-GEPI ownership and signaled a change back to the rear-wheel drive configuration. It wore a design by Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign, who had created two show cars on Maserati platform from 1974 to 1976, called the Medici I and Medici II. Several of the design features found on the Medici II would make it into the Quattroporte III. The pre-production Quattroporte made its debut in 1976 at the Turin Motor Show. The production version went on sale three years later, in 1979.

Power was from a new quad-cam V8 engine built for the Kyalami. Two versions were available including a 4,930cc which developed nearly 280 horsepower. The smaller 4,136cc version was built-to-order and offered just over 250 horsepower. This smaller made-to-order engine was available briefly, and was phased out in 1981.

The Maserati Royale edition was introduced in December of 1986, in celebration of Maserati's 60th anniversary as a car manufacturer. These built-to-order vehicles represented the ultimate level of Quattroporte luxury. The high-compression 4.9-liter V8 offered nearly 300 horsepower and came with leather upholstery, a revised dashboard with an analogue clock, veneer trim, electric adjustable seats, a mini bar, and retractable veneered tables in the rear doors. Exterior changes included silver colored side sills and new disc-shaped alloy wheels.

Maserati planned on producing 120 examples of the Maserati Royale, however, by the time production came to a close in 1990, just 53 had been built.

Total production of the Maserati Quattroporte III, including the Royale, reached 2,155 examples.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2019

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1986 Quattroporte
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1986 Maserati Quattroporte Base Price : $66,700

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Maserati
1991Honda (659,659)Oldsmobile (474,837)Nissan (405,147)
1990Ford (912,466)Chevrolet (785,918)Pontiac (641,820)
1989Chevrolet (1,275,498)Ford (1,234,954)Pontiac (801,600)
1988Ford (1,331,489)Chevrolet (1,236,316)Pontiac (680,714)3,001
1987Nissan (1,803,924)Chevrolet (1,384,214)Ford (1,176,775)3,658
1986Chevrolet (1,368,837)Renault (1,305,191)Ford (1,253,525)4,133
1985Chevrolet (1,418,098)Renault (1,322,887)Oldsmobile (1,192,549)5,668
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)6,180
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)

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