1970 Maserati Indy 4.7
8-cyl. 4719cc/290hp 4x2bbl Weber
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During the late 1960s, exclusive high-performance 2+2 automobiles were quite popular. Lamborghini had the Espada, Ferrari had the 365 GT 2+2, Iso had the Lele, and Maserati had the Indy, which was named in honor of Maserati’s two victories at the Indianapolis 500 in 1939 and 1940.
Wearing bodywork penned by Vignale, the Maserati Indy rode on a chassis based on the Quattroporte. At first, it was offered with the 4,136cc V-8 from the Quattroporte, while later models got the 4.7-liter V-8 and eventually the 4.9-liter unit. A ZF 5-speed gearbox came standard, while a 3-speed Borg Warner automatic was also available.
At the front, the Indy shared its appearance with the two-seater Ghibli, including pop-up headlights and a wrap-around bumper. Further back, though, the roofline was pushed up five inches and extended. At the rear was an opening hatch. Maserati built a total of just 1,136 Indies.
Naturally, the four-seater Italian cars are not worth as much as their sportier counterparts, but that means they represent a good value, and in the Maserati’s case it offers handsome Vignale bodywork and Maserati’s solid V-8 at much more reasonable price than the two-seater Ghibli and certainly anything with a Ferrari badge.