Maserati - Quattroporte II
Although the automobile market was still largely feeling the influence of the energy crisis, the sales of prestigious saloons remained stable. This was due to the clientele's careful evaluation of the benefits of buying more a versatile car, one which would deliver performance, comfort, and spaciousness, while still retaining GT quality.
The Bertone Maserati Quattroporte II, a comfortable four-door saloon with a six-cylinder 3000 cc. Maserati engine, fitted into this context. Its design did not betray Bertone's style: with its ample window surfaces guaranteeing perfect visibility, and a low beltline running along the wing to give a sober, slender look. The proportions of the bonnet and boot accentuate the overall harmony, creating a fresh sensation of elegance and luxury. As well as the traditional Maserati trident the frontal view also features six iodine headlamps. Along the widest part wings is a rubber-coated moulding which slims down the look of the vehicle, while at the same time protecting it from minor side impacts. The interiors are sober and elegant, with the emphasis on spatial balance, which is achieved by doing away with sharp edges and prominent elements. The car was presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1974 together with the Ferrari Dino 308 GT4, the Fiat X1/9, the Lancia Stratos HF and the Village prototype with Fiat 127 mechanics.