Mecum Florida Faves – 2014 Maserati Quattroporte – Hate at First Drive, or As-New for Half Off?

How did this new QP end up between a Camaro IROC-Z and a violently impotent custom Wrangler?

One of the great parts of the week-long Mecum Kissimmee, Florida auction is the ‘come-as-you-are’ vibe about the place. They make a carnival atmosphere of these 3000-plus cars finding new homes — and it is truly a fun way to see many curious cars up close and personal.  In fact, they are all unlocked and ready for close-up inspection — so it is a bit like an ‘all-you-can-sit’ sampling of various exotic cars.

Wish it were all-you-can-drive… but that’s okay.

One very curious find?  A nearly-new Maserati Quattroporte. We had to check the auction book — this QP feels that brand new in the flesh.  If this were a 2015 or 2016, we would be very worried. That would indicate someone ordered it and hated it instantly.  But as a 2014, this probably means the owner is now in a CTS-V or S63 by now.

This Quattroporte is — thankfully — a 2014 model, and not a GTS despite its sexy anthracite-finish alloys. Down from its $130k-plus original sticker, this QP should be terrific value at about half that cost.  The plastic wrap on the seats makes it look like this big Maser went in for a service one day… and never left?

A sitdown in back shows how big the QP really is versus its very-tight Ghibli sibling — most notably in the recline of the seats, knee room and overall hip space.

But that being said… it is no S-Class in back of the Quattroporte. Somewhat small doors and tight footwells will make this a less comfy cruiser for four very-affluent adults on the town.

Would we drive and love this car though, even in its too-subtle silver/black color scheme?

Oh yes. Yes we would!


2014 Maserati Quattroporte


LOT T77.1 // KISSIMMEE 2016 // JAN 15-24


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