1971 Maserati Indy
- Year of manufacture1971
- Mileage45 mi / 73 km
- Car typeCoupé
- Chassis number1254
- Interior colourRed
- Exterior colourOther
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This is a largely preserved and original 1971 Maserati Indy 4.2 (Tipo: AM116) which has been owned by our collector client for the past 20 years. The owner is a longtime collector in North Hollywood and has enjoyed a collection of significant cars. This is an important and rare find that would be a terrific preservation example or a very straightforward basis for a show quality restoration. We love the five speed transmission and air conditioning, making this a gentleman's tourer.
The aesthetic of the Indy is considered by many to be sleek and elegant. Designed by Virginio Vairo at Vignale, this Indy is the 552th example produced (1,142 in total), and 1 of only 436 4.2 liter Indy's ever made. The early history of this Maserati is largely unknown. It has been in California for well over 20 years and it appears to be a European delivery version as all the instrumentation are in metric. US delivery vehicles, also called "Indy America," would have imperial measurements.
According to the owner, in the late 1990's, the previous owner had inherited the car from his father. It is understood that once this car entered the United States, it spent a majority of its time in Sacramento, CA, before arriving in Los Angeles.
This Indy has an older repaint in an attractive Smoke Quartz (224,652). The paint is in good condition today, with good to very good depth and shine. There are many small scratches, and small paint chips from normal use that are visible upon close inspection. The chrome and stainless are all original and in overall good condition, with minimal imperfections. The badging on the front and rear emblems are presentable, but showing patina. The front bumper has a slight bend and would benefit from being repaired. Overall, this Maserati shows well and we love the avant-garde design.
The read leather interior is largely original and in overall well preserved condition. The attractive and sporty red leather seats are supportive and comfortable. Overall, we did not notice any signs of significant wear, but the leather does have splitting and cracking, especially on the two front seats. The dash, headliner, steering wheel, and gauges are overall good to very good; they present well and are free of any major blemishes. The carpeting, weather stripping, shelf behind the rear seats, and gearshift boot are aged and would benefit from replacement.
Mechanically, this Maserati is in good running condition. We performed a brief test-drive around the neighborhood and found it enjoyable to drive. The Indy started right up, ran and idled smoothly, the transmission shifted into gear with ease, and the brakes felt solid. The venerable Maserati all-aluminum four overhead cam engine, as would be expected, sounded fantastic and pulled strong. The four Weber 42 DCNF carburetors are dialed in just right. All the gauges worked, the steering felt correct, and overall provided a pleasant and engaging driving experience. And the four wheel disc brakes inspired confidence, even in our limited test drive.
This Indy has been part of a larger collection and used sparingly, so we would recommend the new owner perform a major service. Many of the finicky electronic issues that can plague these cars, such as window switches, ignition timing, etc., have largely been sorted. The odometer states 73,442km (45,634 miles) and is believed to be original.
Overall, we found this to be a very charismatic Indy which would draw attention at any local car show. It also has the potential to be a very fun touring car with a small amount of work.
Details about this Indy's condition are included in the 158-point inspection report which is published as part of this listing. This car is located in North Hollywood, CA.
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