There’s a certain sort of European car aficianado that will forever blame the Americas for the excision of a rather distinctive set of rear light clusters. The clusters in question belonged to the Maserati Coupé and were a delicious boot-edge hugging boomerang, loved by reviewers on the EU side of the pond but, thanks to a poor showing in US popularity research, were replaced by frankly dull slabs of red tinted plastic. At the time, Maserati was reasonably apologetic about it, but the obvious lure of a spreading market dangled dollar signs in front of Italian eyes.
Niche, you see, is cool but not especially lucrative – particularly when you’re owned by Ferrari and are inevitably seen as the loss-leading mass market option. So it must be to accountants’ dismay and enthusiasts delight that the Maserati Quattroporte is still a rare sight on roads anywhere.