Today's Model of the Day is a svelte Italian sedan, the fifth generation Maserati Quattroporte. The Quattroporte was unveiled at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show, and was very well received. The past few generations of the car were not fondly remembered by most, and the all-new fifth generation car set to change those perception. With a Ferrari-derived 4.2 liter V8, it certainly succeeded in that mission!
The Hot Wheels version debuted as #29 in the 2004 "First Editions" series, and wasn't overly popular at first, they tended to sit on the pegs for quite a while if I remember correctly. It's amazing to think that that was over 10 years ago now!! Feels like yesterday.. Not popular new, but it is a pretty desirable model now, since it was only used once! This steel blue version is the only version of the car that Hot Wheels has done up to this point. A shame, as it is a lovely model. A quick check on ebay reveals typical prices of a mint in package car at around $8-$10. Not a ton of money, but quite a lot for a standard mainline car for sure. Is this the next Bugatti Veyron for Hot Wheels? We shall see, but I'd say it's a good time to pick one up if you don't own this little gem.