What’s Your Favorite Classic Land Barge?
The one thing I absolutely love about land barges is that there’s something for every taste. No matter if you like driving fast or slow, or if a badge on the front matters all that much to you: almost every major car company has attempted a big sedan at some point. If you have time to find the right one, it may match your personality perfectly.
Let me explain, using the Maserati Quattroporte II.
With a production run of just 13 cars, you can say that the Quattroporte II is more a curiosity than a possibility for most enthusiasts, and you’d probably be right. Engineered on a stretched Citroën SM chassis and retaining its 3.0-litre V6 and front-wheel drive, this sedan is certainly not what you’d expect to see from the trident marque.
But to me, with its combination of traditional-looking Italian bodywork by Bertone and Citroën tricks like hydropneumatic suspension and turning headlights, the II is a rare crossover car. It was designed and constructed at great expense, and was one of the big factors in plunging both Maserati and its parent company, Citroën, into financial turmoil.
But now, if I had a budget for such a car, I’d get one in an instant. Which land barge have you fallen for, and why?