Whenever it comes to fine Italian cars, German journalists are automatically mad about their
shape, no matter if Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati or Lancia. The Italians could attach four
wheels to a bathtub, Teutonic editors would praise it enthusiastically, composing an ode on it.
Despite this medial automatism, the masses thinks differently sometimes. However, cars from the
boot-shaped country are exceptional in most cases and have to look so! This is inevitably deemed
beautiful and emotive. And when anything ordinary appears in Italian metal, it causes hefty
As Maserati dared to replace the boomerang-shaped rear lights of the 3200 GT by more ordinary ones -
in accordance to the American taste, as they claimed - the German press condemned this a desecration
of the most scandalous kind. Indeed, the strict geometrical cluster partition seems somehow too
ordinary to match the rounded rest of the distinctive car. Right, all scathing commentaries were
okay! Remarkable is that the concern hasn't bear out up to day! Wherever any lines are written on
the Maser Coupe, the authors refer to this former lapse, though this questionable deed occurred
many years ago. Even reports about the Spyder - that actually never had the original sickle-shaped
lamps - can obviously not be done without mentioning what has happened with the coupe.
In matters of the all new Quattroporte, remarks concerning this story seem getting lesser. But also
these items are sometimes printed on paper soaked with tears of pain and passion because of this
re[ar]design. The matter has somehow turned out unforgivable here. But why the hell is Maserati not
clever enough to offer the previous tail lights optionally? I don't understand! It can't be a matter
of expense, after all it could be realised without any development efforts. And if its popularity is
really so high, there should be lovers who would spend extra money on having a hand-made classic
edition. Not sure if this supposed tragedy is a German problem only. But it is a freaky story worth
mentioned in this magazine - in any event.
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