29 July 2004

Italian President Carlo Azeglia Ciampi has given his country's own take on executive transport a huge endorsement by taking delivery of a specially prepared Maserati Quattroporte. Ferrari Maserati chairman Luca di Montezemolo and new Maserati chief executive Martin Leach attended a private ceremony with the President at the Quirinale Palace in Rome last Friday, when the car was handed over.

Ciampi's Quattroporte features a dark blue armour-plated body, is fitted with a range of personalised options, and is set apart by the two flag holders on the front wings. He expressed interest in the new car when visiting Maserati's factory at Modena last year.

The Italian President's is the first armoured Quattroporte off the line; Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will take delivery of a silver armoured limo soon, likewise a few other Italian government figures.

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