1960s / 1970s / Italian / Maserati

Car lot find: Maserati Indy

maserati-indy-22Fiat-owned Maserati is in the midst of the biggest product offensive in its illustrious history. New models like the entry-level Ghibli sedan and an upcoming Cayenne-fighting SUV called Levante are expected to bump Maserati’s annual sales to 50,000 cars in the near future, a record for the company.

The expanding lineup marks a big shift for Maserati because it has never been a volume automaker. For decades, the automaker built a handful of sports cars each year and some of the most obscure models it has built are quite rare today even if they’re not particularly sought-after by collectors.

With this in mind, we were more than surprised to see an early Maserati Indy sitting in front of a small used car dealership in Switzerland. We’d never seen a rough unrestored Indy before and the odds of us seeing another one anytime soon are quite low.

A closer look reveals the Indy has likely spent at least a decade off the road but it’s complete, well-preserved and largely rust-free, leading us to believe it was stored indoors. We don’t know what the owner has in store for it but we’re hoping it will be restored back to its former glory. The Indy is often seen as the black sheep of the Maserati family and many enthusiasts don’t want to take on the costly task of restoring one because they are worth relatively little.

The Vignale-designed Indy was presented as a thinly-veiled concept at the 1968 edition of the Turin Motor Show and added to the Maserati catalog as a regular-production model the following year. Early models like the one pictured below were powered by a 260-horsepower 4.2-liter V8 engine, but a fuel-injected 4.7-liter unit rated at 290 ponies and a detuned version of the Ghibli’s 4.9-liter V8 that churned out 320 horsepower were made available over the course of its production run.

Most sources agree that 1,133 examples of the Indy had been built by the time production stopped in 1975.

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