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29 March 2019

This might be the only current-gen Quattroporte wagon, and it's for sale

By Tom WhiteTom White
Hot or not? Possibly the only Quattroporte VI wagon in the world. (image credit: Autostorico)

There’s a loud minority of people who love a good old-fashioned performance wagon.

But that’s just the thing, they’re a minority, so while manufacturers often won’t take a chance on doing all the R&D required to build one, performance wagons remain the domain of cult followings worldwide.

Thankfully, the performance car world is largely propped up by very wealthy people who refuse to let the automakers themselves get in the way of their wagon vision.

Enter then, this car. It is likely the only Maserati Quattroporte VI wagon in the world, and certainly the only one that looks like this.

A refined caboose for a one-off. (image credit: Autostorico) A refined caboose for a one-off. (image credit: Autostorico)

This is because the owner became disappointed when he missed out on the opportunity to own one of just four Maserati ‘Bellagio Fastback’ wagons – Touring Superleggera-built Quattroporte V wagons – when it went up for auction in 2013.

Money clearly not being an issue, the owner sought a solution by commissioning a single 2015 Quattroporte VI to receive the wagon treatment. After turning down several shops due to the time it would take them, the owner settled on a bodywork specialist who primarily restores mid-century classics.

Looks almost as though it could be the real deal. (image credit: Autostorico) Looks almost as though it could be the real deal. (image credit: Autostorico)

After discussions on design and shape, the final form is impressive and perhaps in some ways more convincing than the Touring Supperlegera cars. There’s a bit of Benz CLA wagon about the window taper, but the way the OEM light fittings sit seems just perfect. You’d hope so, given the build took “around 1500 man-hours” and probably cost a fair penny.

Apparently, there was more than a trick to get the automatic tailgate working. A tailgate strut manufacturer had to be contacted to order the parts, and the electrics had to be custom wired to the car’s systems.

Functional fun for the whole family. (image credit: Autostorico) Functional fun for the whole family. (image credit: Autostorico)

Under the hood remains the unchanged 3.0-litre turbo-diesel (A630) V6 which produces 202kW/600Nm. It’s too bad it ain’t a petrol, but this diesel is one of the fastest in the world, propelling the base sedan to 100km/h in just 6.4 seconds.

The car is for sale by Autostorico over in the UK, is offered with just over 14,000km on the clock and is RHD. So… if you’re wealthy and determined enough, you can have possibly the only Quattroporte VI wagon brought to Australia…

What do you think of this one-of-a-kind? Share your thoughts in the comments below.