• Complete documented numbers-matching example
• Accompanied by full Maserati Classiche document package
• Original Italian-market delivery when new
• Recent service and mechanical freshening
4,719 cc DOHC V-8 engine with four Weber twin-choke carburetors, 290 HP, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, torque arms, and anti-roll bar, servo-assisted hydraulic four-wheel disc brakes; wheelbase: 102.3”
First shown in prototype form as the replacement to the Maserati Mexico on the Carrozzeria Vignale stand at the 1968 Turin Motor Show, the production-ready Maserati Indy was unveiled in March 1969 at Geneva. Designated ‘Tipo 116’ and named in celebration of Maserati’s back-to-back victories at the Indianapolis 500 in 1939 and 1940, the sleek and fast Indy beautifully recalled one of the most glorious times in Maserati’s celebrated past. Penned by a fast-rising designer for Vignale, the Indy’s wedge-shaped body featured up-to-the-minute unitized construction – a Maserati first – and provided a handsome four-seat alternative to the contemporary two-seater Ghibli and its variants.
Just as the Mexico before it, the Indy offered 2+2 seating for up to four occupants in highly bolstered seats in a truly compelling body style swathed in rich leather upholstery and top-quality appointments. Significantly lower in height when compared to the Mexico, the Indy’s wheelbase was also shorter, while both front and rear track measurements were wider, yielding a virile overall presence. Today, the Indy continues to garner accolades for its outstanding overall experience. According to a recent edition of the UK’s Octane Classic Car Buyers Guide, “…the Vignale-styled Indy looked every inch the supercar it was supposed to be.”
While the Indy was originally made available with a 4.2-litre V-8 engine, the car was later offered with a more desirable 4.7-litre engine. Depending upon the engine specification, the Indy’s top-speed potential ranged from some 140 mph to 160 mph and beyond, under the “right” conditions, rendering it one of the world’s fastest four-seater cars, regardless of the era. According to marque experts, as few as 1,104 and as many as 1,136 examples of the Indy were built in all through 1975. In addition to its outstanding performance and sheer beauty, the Indy is also significant as the first Maserati to be built under the ownership of France’s Citroën, which had acquired the famed Italian marque during January 1968.
Bearing Chassis Number 1228, this Indy 4700 was completed during early October 1971 by Officine A. Maserati S.p.A., finished in Marrone Colorado (Colorado Maroon) over white Connolly leather upholstery. It was sold new locally to Modena, Italy and was subsequently exported to the United States, where the Indy was purchased in 1994 from Continental Classic Motors in Hinsdale, Illinois. During the late 1990s, it was refreshed to its current blue exterior livery. A change of ownership occurred in 2002, with acquisition by another Maserati collector in Illinois, who drove and enjoyed the car regularly until 2010, followed by purchase by a new owner thereafter. Most recently, 1228 was given a complete service, with the work performed including a carburetor tune, and replacement of the spark plugs, filters, fluids, clutch master and slave cylinders.
As offered, this striking Indy 4700 rides on restored factory wheels with new period style Vredestein Sprint Classic tires. Maserati S.p.A. of Modena confirms with the original Certificate of Origin that all the Indy’s chassis, engine, and body numbers are matching as it left the factory when new. Additional Maserati Classiche documents include the Final Tests Data Sheet, Internal Factory Order, Technical and Aesthetic Characteristics, the End of Line Data Sheet, and Delivery Note, providing a fascinating glimpse into the Indy’s original details. This particular Maserati Indy is sure to satisfy the true driver, collector, and connoisseur. Additional items include the factory jack in a vinyl pouch and a matching full-size spare wheel. Representing incredible value, this 1972 Maserati Indy 4700 delivers legendary Maserati quality race-bred performance that firmly ranks it among its more common Italian rivals of the era from Ferrari and Lamborghini.
1972 Maserati Indy 4700