Lot 192

Amelia Island 2023

1971 Maserati Indy 4.2 by Vignale


$61,600 USD | Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida



Chassis No.
AM116 504
Serial No.
Engine No.
AM116 504
US Title
  • Believed to be one of just 436 examples produced with the 4.2-liter V-8 engine
  • Desirably equipped from the factory with the ZF five-speed manual transaxle
  • Fitted with power steering, air conditioning, and correct Borrani wheels
  • Well maintained by marque experts under current ownership

The Maserati Indy debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1969 as a tribute to the Italian automaker’s 1939 and 1940 victories at the Indianapolis 500 with its 8CTF racecars. Designed by Vignale and built on a unibody structure, the Indy four-seater coupe bridged the gap between the Ghibli and the Mexico, its higher roofline offering more headroom for rear passengers compared to the Ghibli. The Indy launched with a 4,136-cubic-centimeter V-8 engine featuring double overhead camshafts and producing an impressive 260 horsepower. Maserati manufactured 436 examples in this spec before increasing engine displacement, first to 4.7 liters and finally to 4.9 liters. Standard equipment included a two-way adjustable steering column, leather upholstery, tinted electric windows, reclining seats, fog lamps, a heated rear windscreen, and a dashboard-mounted clock. Power steering, an automatic transmission, and a radio were optional. Production for the Indy ended in 1975 with a total of 1,102 examples produced, according to Maserati’s website.

The example offered here completed production on 25 June 1970 and was delivered new to Milan, Italy. It left the factory finished in Oro Metallizzato—Metallic Gold—with a black interior, according to build info from Maserati. Notably, it was also fitted with the desirable ZF five-speed manual transaxle. It reportedly spent much of its life in France and still wears French license plates. Said to have been professionally refurbished to a high standard under previous ownership, it is now finished in light blue metallic, a lovely hue that perfectly complements the car’s distinctive wedge shape featuring pop-up headlights. The luxurious black leather interior is desirably equipped with air-conditioning, power windows, and Veglia gauges. Meanwhile, optional power steering augments the driving experience, while four Weber carburetors funnel air to the sonorous V-8 engine.

The consignor acquired the coupe in June 2016 and immediately had it professionally serviced to address minor cosmetic and mechanical issues, including adjusting the valve timing and idle, replacing the alternator belt and a front brake line, and repairing the door locks, horn, and passenger-seat adjustment mechanism. In April 2018, the consignor commissioned Scuderia Performante of Malvern, Pennsylvania to replace the power steering hoses and fluid, and to perform an oil change. In July 2022, the same shop mounted new Michelin tires, replaced the battery, and performed another oil change.

This Maserati Indy 4.2 presents beautifully, thanks to the current owner’s fastidious care and attention to detail. It benefits from an abundance of virtues, with a highly attractive color combination, correct Borrani wheels and, importantly, its numbers-matching engine. The luxurious interior, potent V-8, sophisticated double-wishbone front suspension, and gratifying five-speed manual transaxle make this svelte Italian coupe an excellent candidate for high-speed classic car rallies, replete with twin fuel tanks for uninterrupted stints. It is accompanied by a tool kit, a factory manual, a parts booklet, tire-changing equipment, and various service invoices.