A significant newcomer to the Maserati range came in 1969 with the Indy, a name which had been well earned. Maserati has a great racing history and had won the Indianapolis 500 on two occasions, in 1939 and 1940, a fact which touched Ferrari's nerve since the Maranello concern subsequently mounted several failed attempts to win the '500' themselves. A 2+2 coupe, the Maserati Indy was built on a Quattroporte chassis, slightly shortened and with a wider track. Styled by Vignale, the Indy was a practical four-seater Grand Touring car with a generous internal luggage compartment - a hatchback - which found a world sales market and was capable of carrying four people in excess of 150 mph. First shown to the public on the Vignale stand at the 1968 Turin Motor Show, and officially launched by the Modena company at the 1969 Geneva Show, the Indy finally replaced the outdated six-cylinder Mistral and Sebring. Like the recently phased out Mexico, it was V-8 powered using four Weber carburettors, available in 4.2 and 4.7-litre forms, this time with the addition of a 4.9-litre as well. Not too dissimilar in looks with the headlamps raised to a Ferrari Daytona at the front, and perhaps to the Alfa 2000 GTV at the rear, the Indy featured retractable headlamps and power windows as standard, these cars capable of 155-160mph with manual transmission and the option of automatic and limited slip differential, 1136 cars being produced by the end of production in 1974.