During the 1960's, Maserati finally gave up the idea of motor racing and instead focused on road-going cars.
The Maserati Indy was introduced in 1969 and ran for six years with a total of 1136 models produced. This 2 door coupe featured four seats and used a proper unitary body-shell was designed by Carrozzeria Vignale. This vehicle is noteworthy as the first unitary-construction Maserati that was still considered to be a classic touring vehicle.
With a dry weight of 1500 kg, the Indy could reach a top speed of 250 kph (155 mph). The front engine featured 8-cylinders arranged in a 90 degree V. Several V8 engines were found in Indy models ranging from 4136cc to 4930cc and included the Ghibli unit.
The Indy was designed as a replacement for the 2 door Mexico. The Indy had a brand new body designed by Vignale. Originally released with a 4.2 litre V8 in 1970, three years later it was finally offered with a 4.9 litre V8 in 1973. With servo-assisted disc brakes on all four wheels, monocoque construction, a five speed gearbox and a 260bhp quad cam V8 engine.
The Indy was introduced at the Turin Motor Show of 1968 and followed the main mechanical recipe of the Mexico, Ghibli and the Quattroporte. The use of a form of unitary construction for the body shell was the standard difference between the Indy and the previous vehicles.
The two-plus-two design has a very pleasant shape, and much like all Maserati models, was easy on the eye, though it wasn't as attractive as some of the more sporty two seat models.
The interior of the Indy offered luxurious and generous space, but then again, Maserati has always held the reputation for sleek, luxurious interiors.
The Indy ceased production in 1975 after six years of exceptional brakes, comfortable ride, superb stability and balanced handling. It came at a high price, but held few disappointments to the auto market.By Jessica Donaldson