Forty years ago, the Maserati Quattroporte was presented to Italian President Sandro Pertini
Maserati has always been known for cars of exceptional luxury, elegance and performance, demonstrated by the choice of Quattroporte models as the official cars of the Italian President.
On 14 December 1979 the Maserati Quattroporte 3rd generation, in both automatic and manual gear-shift, was presented to Italian President Sandro Pertini in a ceremony held at the Quirinal Palace in Rome.
The Maserati Quattroporte 3rd generation (1979), designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, was the first completely new car to be designed during the de Tomaso management period (1976-1993), and featured lines inspired by the first, 1963, version of the Quattroporte, although with a less sporty and more formal personality. The Quattroporte 3rd generation was characterised by a luxurious and refined interior. It was fitted with the V8 engine, in variants of 4.2 L with 255 hp and 4.9 L with 280 hp. The top speed was 220 km/h. The car remained on the market from 1979 until 1990, with a total of 2,145 units sold.
In 1982, the Italian President's General Secretariat placed an order with Maserati for the construction of an armoured Quattroporte for the President's use.
In 1983 the Modena firm supplied a Quattroporte, in “Dark Aquamarine” colour with beige velvet interior, to President Sandro Pertini, and it became his car of choice for institutional engagements. One of the car's original features was a large ashtray with pipe holder between the rear seats: this was requested by the President himself - famous admirer of the pipe - and Maserati modified the rear bench to create it.
Today, the Quattroporte is still the President of Italy's official car: on 2 June this year, on Republic Day, the current President Sergio Mattarella used the Quattroporte 6th generation with exterior colour “Blu Istituzionale" specially created by Maserati.
Thus continues the tradition by which Maserati has supplied special cars for the President of Italy.