1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854

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1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Vignale Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854

Sold for € 80,500 (US$ 90,683) inc. premium
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Vignale

Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
*European delivery
*One of a mere 300 '4900' models produced
*ZF five-speed manual gearbox
*Partially restored in 2010


Maserati followed up its stunning, Ghia-styled Ghibli two-seater with the equally elegant Indy 2+2, though the latter, announced in 1968 and noteworthy as the first unitary construction Maserati, was the work of Carrozzeria Vignale. The Indy first appeared publicly on Vignale's stand at the 1968 Turin Motor Show and was officially launched by Maserati at the Geneva Salon in 1969. Running gear was conventional, with independent front suspension, live rear axle and four-wheel disc brakes, while the power unit was - initially - the Modena firm's well-tried, 4.1-litre, four-cam V8, with 4.7- and 4.9-litre versions following. A ZF five-speed manual gearbox was standard, with a three-speed Borg Warner automatic available to special order. With 260bhp on tap, the top speed of Maserati's luxury four-seater was in the region of 150mph, a figure the subsequent larger-engined versions improved upon. The sleek Vignale coachwork was so effective that the Indy was able to carry four people in relative comfort without impairing its performance as a sports car. In 4.9-litre form the Indy's claimed maximum increased to 320bhp, which pushed its top speed to 165mph (266km/h). Power steering and air conditioning were standard on the '4900' model, 300 of which were made between 1972 and 1975.

Autocar magazine's summary was one of almost unalloyed praise: 'Classic touring car with vee-8 engine and 160mph potential. Beautifully smooth power unit, silky gearbox and light, power assisted steering. Good brakes, balanced handling, comfortable ride, superb stability. High price but few disappointments.'

A manual transmission example, this 4.9-litre Indy was delivered new in Modena, Italy and had two owners in that country before being sold in 1997 to a Mr Boots in Holland, who kept it for 13 years. In 2010 the Maserati passed to a French collector who commissioned the following refurbishment: new leather, new dashboard, new carpets, new chrome, new paintwork and extensive mechanical works, as evidenced by invoices totalling €7,072 on file. It was then sold to the current owner, a Dutch Maserati collector. Currently displaying a total of 106,951 kilometres on the odometer, the car is presented in generally very good condition and offered with French Carte Grise.
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1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
1973 Maserati Indy 4900 Coupé  Chassis no. AM 116 49 1854
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