For $10,995, This 1982 Maserati 4Porte Is The Door To Italian Luxury

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Nice Price Or No DiceIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

If you've ever played Portals 1 and 2 you'll know the benefit of having a door at just the right spot. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Maserati gives you not one, not two, but four handy portals, but does its price take the cake?

I have heard it said that there are no poor people in America, only disadvantaged millionaires. That sense that prosperity is just around the corner may have had something to do with yesterday's blown Bentley achieving a 57% Nice Price win. You may to be rich, but you can certainly pretend.

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Pretending that today's 1982 Maserati 4Porte isn't also a ride for the fish won't get us anywhere. Built in exclusive numbers just like yesterday's Bentley, the 4Porte may not offer a turbocharger for its 4.9-litre DOHC V8, but with 296-bhp and about 1,500-lbs less to drag around, the Maser should acquit itself just fine. Backing up the big alloy V8 is a 3-speed automatic.

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Quattroporte, or 4Porte, is Maserati's longest-running model name. This, the third generation debuted on the watch of Alejandro De Tomaso, who at the time owned and ran the company. The platform was shared with De Tomaso's even more rare Deauville sedan, however that car got a Ford V8, and not one from Maser.

This one left the factory in November of 1981, and comes with a Burgundy body and a camel interior. The exterior is by Giorgetto Giugiaro, and comes across even to this day as an imposing design. The paint and bodywork on this 88,000 miler seems to be in great shape. Also all the trim appears to be intact.

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The interior on these cars is an amazing mix of fine Italian leather and wood, and a haphazard sprinkling of the controls. The climate control will be very familiar to anyone who has ever driven a Dodge Omni. On the downside, the console wood is looking a little tired.

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This '82 Maser is offered by a Texas Dealer, and I imagine they look at it like it's from Mars and not simply Modena. The asking price is $10,995, or just shy of a grand more than yesterday's Bentley.

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Being dealer offered there's a bunch of fine print at the bottom of the page and you'll need to come up with some additional cash for the the safety and emissions testing as well as something called the Texas Vehicle Inventory Tax.

Ignoring those for a moment, and focusing on the $10,995 asking price, what's your take on this Maserati? Is that a great price on a per-door basis? Or, is this classic 4Porte just too darn expensive?

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You decide!

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Strait Motor Cars out of Houston TX, or go here if the ad disappears.

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Valentino blinked his headlights and stretched. Today was a big day. He was going on the block.

He knew he looked pretty good for a 34-year old. Kind of like an automotive version of an aging Sylvester Stallone—blocky, wide, yet still svelte and muscular. In some places. He kind of liked that he was an Italian sedan (sorry—saloon) with a sprinkling of American flavor in the form of a big ol' V8 tied to a 3-speed slushbox. He was kinda fast but kinda lazy.

He thought that he was probably not going to get out of here at nearly eleven grand, but there was a faint glimmer of hope down in his manifold that, today, he'd find a new home.

All he needed was the right buyer. Someone with a penchant for gold chains over chest hair, a little too much cologne, and not enough common sense.