It’ll be a nice, sedate family-hauler, and an elegant cruiser in one, they said. Oh yes.

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Some observations about the Maserati Quattroporte 4900 (1982)

  • Even the spare-wheel hold is upholstered, in great quality too
  • It’s not especially wide, but it is low, which makes it look broad as a tank
  • The 4.9 DOHC 32 valve V8 has four double-barrel Webers, so it’s temperamental like the Italian supermodel it should be. But when it’s sorted, it’s a beauty of a motor, a real peach, that even the 3speed auto can’t hold back
  • The car came with LSD as standard. Why yes, because your luxury highway cruiser must have the traction to pull marvelous drifts. I insist.
  • This should not come as a surprise, but it is extremely comfortable. I couldn’t set up the seat exactly as i wanted but still got out refreshed - and the ride made laughing stock of the Mazda 6 I used to get to the garage.
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I really like this car. At least if I don’t have to fuel it myself. But I’m on the fence regarding the styling. It is striking for sure, but maybe there are contemporary luxury sedans that stood the test of time better - especially the W126. That cost half as much as this, in V8 500SE form, when new...

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