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1971 Maserati Quattroporte by Frua

March 19 2012 at 1:34 AM

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1971 Maserati Quattroporte by Frua (Collection of the Riverside International Automotive Museum)

Originally owned by King Juan Carlos of Spain
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Intended as a possible replacement for Maseratis first production four-door (quattroporte in Italian) sedan, this Frua version debuted during the 1970 show season and embodied the crisp, angular styling that had come to characterize Italian design of the day. It attracted a great deal of favorable reaction and during the Maseratis European auto show tour, Prince Karim Aga Khan saw it and commissioned a second one to be built especially for him. After its European tour, this Maserati was sold to King Juan Carlos of Spain who drove it frequently. Disappointingly, Fruas design for the new large sedan was rejected in favor of another design after Maserati merged with Citroen. An unusual feature of both Frua cars was that all ten of their power-operated side windows (five on each side) can be opened individually depending on the occupants need for ventilation.

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