– elegant Maserati Indy 4200
– from 1969, the first year of production
– one of the most successful sports cars of its generation
– 4.2 litre engine with 191 kW (260 hp) and manual transmission
– red exterior paint and black leather interior
– unwarranted mileage of 84,900 km
– wood steering wheel, power windows, front centre armrest
– spoke rims
– ignition system recently repaired
– Polish registration documents, already eligible for German registration as a historic vehicle
In the 1960s, Maserati – still an independent company at that time – developed and produced no fewer than 5 sports cars. The Indy, presented in 1969 at the Geneva Salon, was the last model to be engineered before the Citroën takeover. The 2+2-seater fastback styled by Giovanni Michelotti at Carrozzeria Vignale got its name in honour of Maserati’s victories at the Indy 500 races – even though these races had taken place a full three decades earlier, in 1939 and 1940. Mechanically, the Indy was based on the Ghibli which had appeared two years previously, with its wheelbase elongated by 5 cm. It also carried over the rigid rear axle, not to everybody’s taste. Its unibody construction, on the other hand, was a first at Maserati.
At first, the Indy was only offered with a 4.2 litre V8. In 1970, a 4.7 litre was added, and as of 1972, the 4900 completed the lineup. Excellent aerodynamics allowed top speeds of 245 to 265 km/h depending on the choice of engine. All in all, 1,104 units were built over the seven-year production run, which makes the Indy one of the most successful Maserati models.