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So if you have any news about Maseratis or have anything owners and enthusiasts should know, send details to

The Trident mosaic that greets
visitors to the Panini Museum
You can click on some pictures for a better view!!

From Enrico in the UK

"Ciao Maseratisti,

I recently spotted a photograph of Sixties film star Laurence Harvey, sitting on the bonnet of his white Maserati Mistral, that had been offered for sale on an auction web site.

If anyone out there has a copy of this photograph, please let me know; I have an interesting little story to relate to them about this particular Maserati, as I used to walk past it every day in 1964.

I remember the colour of the interior as if it were today, and it was the first car in Europe to be fitted with an *******.

This particular Maserati actually made the national newspapers headlines after a nasty incident!


From Onno in Belgium

"Hi Enrico,

I spotted this Biturbo on my recent trip to the Dordogne in France. It was in such a very bad state it made my heart bleed.

I really think someone should adopt this ugly duckling.



The sadly neglected Maserati Biturbo S!

In its day it boasted 205bhp at 6500rpm!

Top speed: 221 km/h - 0-100 km/h: 6.5 seconds!

Looks like it's available at a "little price"!

Brochure for the Biturbo S

Advertising literature for the Biturbo S
From Ben in Denmark

"Hi Enrico,

Here are some photographs of Maseratis from AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix at Nürburgring in Germany on August 8-10.





What's this doing here ???

That's better - Maseratis!

V8 Power! - GranTurismo and Shamal

Maserati GranSport

Classic Maserati Ghiblis

Modern Maseratis

Maserati Karif ...

... and friends!

Maserati Quattroporte III

Maserati Quattroporte III

Mexico without visitors

Mexico with visitors!

Maserati A6G/54 by Zagato

Maserati A6G/54 by Zagato

Maserati A6G/54 by Zagato



Maserati Tipo 6CM



De Tomaso Pantera S1

De Tomaso Pantera S1
From a very happy Jacques in France!

"Bonjour à tous,

L'arlésienne est de retour sur la Côte d'Azur....

L'attente était longue, comme le chemin du retour. Et dès le lendemain, son premier caprice de diva: comment faire pour soulever sa robe ?

Impossible d'ouvrir le capot moteur ! Lecture assidue du mode d'emploi... Ceux qui veulent rire, peuvent le faire...

Pour les autres, passez de bonnes vacances!

@mitiés à tous, à suivre.....



"Bonjour à tous,

L'arlésienne has returned to the French Riviera....

The wait has been a long one, even on the way home. And on the following day, the first passing fancy of a Diva: how does she raise her dress??

Can't open the bonnet! Read the instructions manual carefully... Those who want to laugh, should try it...

For the rest of you, have a nice holiday!

@mitiés à tous, à suivre.....



I have only one question. Did Jacques sleep in his Ghibli Spyder that night? I know I would have!


I can see the wait really was a long one!

Ready for the journey home.

Under the Alps via the tunnel at Colle di Tenda

We're almost there!

Jacques' Ghibli Spyder - sheer beauty from this angle...

... and this angle!

Certainly a job worth waiting for!

Now how do I open this bonnet?
From Enrico in the UK

Ghibli Owners,

Here's a valuable tip for you. Be careful when closing your engine bonnet. If you are not careful you can sometimes crack the lens or lenses of your headlamps.

Why am I telling you this?

The factory are now out of stock for Ghibli headlamps and there are no immediate plans for re-stocking supplies. The ten year statutory obligation period for supplying spare parts has now expired. So no one knows if Maserati will order new headlamps in the near or distant future!


LHD GHIBLI HEADLAMPS - "Now, worth their weight in gold!"

GHIBLI HEADLAMP - left-hand side

GHIBLI HEADLAMP - right-hand side


I have just bought a roll ( 3 metres x 45 cm ) of self adhesive ( sticky back ) clear vinyl plastic sheeting, at a cost of aroune GB £5, which I intend sticking to the lenses of my headlamps. It won't avoid damage caused in the event of an accident, but it might will help avoid damage caused by flying stone chips!

WARNING: The clear vinyl plastic sheeting may cause some deterioration in the already poor performance of the Ghibli's headlights, so be careful!

Always drive within the limitations of your headlight visibility!!

From a Book Shop in Italy

Did you know that two editions of the Libro Giallo (detective story/thriller) of Tre Topolini Ciechi (Three Blind Mice) by Ed McBain chose to include a Maserati in the design of their covers: a Ghibli and a Shamal!


1991 Tre Topolini Ciechi by Ed McBain - GHIBLI

1992 Tre Topolini Ciechi by Ed McBain - SHAMAL
From Edi in Romania

"Hello there Enrico!

I live in Bucharest, Romania, and I've just traded my BMW 850i in for a 1997 Maserati Ghibli Primatist. I'm a mechanic myself, also good with electronics and basically everything related to cars, exotic ones especially.


Edi's Ghibli Primatist

Edi's healthy-looking rear spoiler!

The car is in good condition, except the fact that many vacuum hoses from the wastegates, ECUs (Engine Control Units), BOVs (Blow-Off Valves) and some others were disconnected or in the wrong places after some mechanics changed the distribution belt and water pump for the previous owner. Thank God the car wasn't driven for long after that.

The guy also told me he chiptuned the engine, I have a doubt because I found nowhere over the internet of any tuners for the Ghibli ECUs. I've asked him for the original Eproms in order to compare the software, maps and whatever they changed from the original software, but it appears they were nowhere to be found.

The engine appears to be running very good, however I can't tell of any difference because this is the first Ghibli I have driven. I have been behind the wheel of many performance cars, but that's no means for comparison, every car behaves differently; for example my 850i had 300 bhp but 460Nm and weighed some 1800 kg. The acceleration was more linear than a turbo-engined car, but the extr weight was the downside.

Anyways, my questions to you are:

Can you help me somehow to obtain the original Eprom dump for the Ghibli? I have the tools to read/write and compare Eproms.

Other thing is with the needle on the turbo pressure gauge; at idle, is the needle supposed to point to the little red dot at around 11 o'clock or to the white one at about 10 o'clock?

I also have a question regarding the small hoses attached to that green probe with the three ports on the radiator main hose. I know you supposed to connect to upper ports but where? I would take some close-up pictures to-morrow for you.

I would appreciate your help and I'm sure I can help in the future when I will get more familliar with the car. I've become an expert on BMWs as the 8 series is far more complex, especially in the electronics department, than the Maserati but that's no use to me right now.

I'd also like to know if it's normal for Maserati that the parking lights only work with ignition on? I've found the relay for the lights in the lower right of the fuse box. It was a Bosch, black 5-pin switching relay, but the relay holder is white. Is there some other kind of relay? For now I have just jumped it to make use of the parking lights regardless of the ignition position.

The chassis number is ZAM336B00*00361856*.The engine is the 2-litre V6-4AC-24v. I've attached some pictures I took before reading your mail so I didn't catch the chassis plate. I also highlighted the questioned areas. The fuel pressure gauge I've just installed today.

Last week I replaced the membrane for the pressure regulator cause it was leaking. I carefully cut a thin section in the ring holding the 2 halves together, did some fabrication for the metal part attaching the membrane in the middle where the spring pushes so I can use an M6 nut now to attach the membrane to the part and close it up with a V section collar. So, in case it will give up in the future, I can always replace the 2 EURO membrane; the membrane comes actually from a mechanical fuel pump and I just trim the edges a bit cause it's larger.

So for so good, no leaks whatsoever, and today after I installed the pressure gauge it was actually running 4.2 bar, I dropped it to 2.8 at idle and it is going up to 3.5 at full throttle, is this okay for this engine? I don't like the idea running lean. After I will tidy up the engine bay a bit and I will also make some new stop lights with those round lights buried inwards a bit, Ferrari or Corvette style. I also have the original lights, and maybe in the future will make some new bumpers, more suited for tis ride. The speedometer needle is stuck in that little screw, so I'm going now to sort it out, I have some BMW needles for the IC, they are thinner and have a larger area underneath for the light to pass through, so I'll see if they fit, should be interesting. Sorry for any mistakes in the language, I couldn't find a proper translation for some tehnical terms, hence using the words 'this','that','part', etc.

Here are some update, the BOVs were changed by the previous owner and they come from an Audi TT. They open slighty earlier than the ones fitted as standard on the Maserati Ghibli.

The vacuum hose was connected to a metal pipe the size of those of the braking system coming from undearneth the chassis near steering column, but there was no vacuum in that pipe. I assume it has something to do with the tank vent or something, now I connected the BOVs to one of the black ports in the plenum which I found left open with a piece of rubber tube attached to it only.

The wastegates are now connected to the solenoid as follow: tubing from wastegate actuators come together through a "T" joint and then to the "W" port, hose from the right side compressor to the "C" port and the "R" port open to the atmosphere.

I can actually see the actuator of the left-side turbo working when open at full throttle, just before the engine cuts out.

The green probe from the radiator hose is to be solved as the part you've marked with the red arrow. Doesn't make any sense to me either. But for now ,I don't have any clue where to connect it and what it actually does.

I will try making a little video for you, but for now the turbos are in good working order, the wastegates and blow-off valves operate accordingly.

The needle goes to the middle of the red zone when in full throttle.

Thank you,



"Hi Edi,

Thank you for your email and the photos.

Vacuum hoses: I need detailed photos to see what has been done to the system. The pop-off/dump valves appear to be non-standard. The part marked with a red arrow in the image Ghibli-01.jpg also appears to be non-standard.

ECUs: There were some Eproms available in Italy that claimed a 10% increase in performance. More if the fuel pressure and wastegates were adjusted. No longer any technical information on Ghiblis available from the factory. You will find that very few, if any, Maserati workshops, official or independent, are prepared to share any such information. Your best bet is to purchase the two original Ghibli ECUs from a used parts dealer.

Turbo Gauge Needle: Stationary with the engine switched off the needle should point to 10 o'clock. The needle goes to 7 o'clock in the WHITE zone when the engine is at idle. When under acceleration the needle should always be in the YELLOW zone and only occasionally in the RED zone. If the needle is in the RED zone very often under acceleration there is too much pressure in the system amnd you could blow a head gasket!

Parking Lights: There is a small switch on the left-hand side of the steering column. Switch it forward for the left-hand side parking lights and switch it backwards for the right-hand side lights. It should operate with the ignition switched OFF.

TIP: Always keep a few extra relays in the car - BOSCH 0 332 019 151.




At idle the needle should point to the WHITE dot!

Edi's 2-litre V6 engine

The recently fitted fuel pressure gauge

The non-standard valve

Hi Edi,

The reason I need a photo of the chassis/VIN plate is to indetify the Tipo Motore/Engine Type. Some Ghibli Primatists were fitted with the standard 2-litre engine, some others were fitted with the Ghibli Cup engine.

Attached are some technical details from the Engine Workshop Manual. It shows the normal fuel pressure at 3.5 bar.

I have attached a few images from the Ghibli Parts Manual that I think might help. "R" is definitely vented into the atmosphere, i.e. open ended.

Unfortunately, I am not very technically minded, so I will publish your emails on Page 151 of my Enthusiasts Pages, if that's okay with you.

I am sure some owner will come up with something.

Best regards from the UK.


P.S. The needle going into the red zone at full throttle is asking for trouble. Be careful. The repair bills that might occur, aren't worth that bit of extra performance. Engine parts are VERY EXPENSIVE."


Technical specifications for the Fuel System of the Ghibli

The Pop-Off/Blow-Off/Dump Valves on the Ghibli engine

The Boost Control System on the Ghibli engine

Click on these images for a clearer view!

From Bonhams & Butterfield in the USA

On Friday the 15th August at Quail Lodge, Carmel in California, USA, Bonhams & Butterfields will be hosting a motorcar auction that includes two very interesting articles of Maserati memorabilia and two highly desirable classic Maserati Spyders.


Lot No 70: Maserati by Robert Carter - Estimate U.S. $800 - 1,200

Maserati by Robert Carter, an original oil on cut-out wood panel, showing Prince Bira at Brooklands in 1939.

Measures 48ins x 93ins.

Lot No 83: 'Stirling Moss-Maserati 250F' by Dion Pears - Estimate U.S. $1,750 - 2,250

Dion Pears (1929-1968), 'Stirling Moss-Maserati 250F', signed, watercolor on paper, 27 x 33 inches, mounted, framed and glazed.

Lot No 312: 1970 Maserati Ghibli Spyder - Estimate U.S. $200,000 - 250,000

One of 100 produced
Coachwork by Ghia
Chassis no. AM115/S*1185*
Engine no. S-2360
Body no. 10262


First of the V8 Maserati GT cars, heralding the shift from cold winds to hot, the Ghibli took its name from a hot, dry and dusty Libyan sirocco. Arising in the Sahara, the ghiblis pull moisture from the Mediterranean before blasting the southern coasts of Europe. The Ghibli was successor to the Mistral, first of the “wind cars,” named for a cold, southerly-blowing wind from the Rhône Valley.

Although in business since 1926, in a quarter century Officine Alfieri Maserati SpA had produced few cars for the street. Initial efforts in the 1920s were a continuation of the racing model Diattos. By 1932, three of the four surviving Maserati brothers were working at the firm, but efforts concentrated almost entirely on competition. The 8C of 1932-33 won the 1933 French Grand Prix and Sir Henry Birkin achieved third place driving one in the Tripoli Grand Prix. The monoposto 6CM (1936-40) was a favorite of privateers, and Wilbur Shaw drove a 3-liter 8CTF to victory in the 1939 and 1940 Indianapolis 500 races.

In 1938, Italian scrap merchant-turned-industrialist Adolfo Orsi convinced the Maseratis to sell him their company. Orsi was principally interested in the spark plug operation, but also felt the competition aspect would be prestigious. Orsi’s son Omer headed up the firm, relocated from Bologna to Modena, but the Maseratis stayed on under a ten-year contract. Not much happened during World War II, but after the end of hostilities Ernesto Maserati built a road-going sports car, the Tipo A6. This was a 1,488 cc straight six similar to that of the 6CM. The car had a ladder chassis frame, coil spring wishbone front suspension and live rear axle, also coil-sprung. Pinin Farina built a handsome coupe body, and the A6 took a bow at the 1947 Geneva auto show. Although intended for the street, the A6 also begot a number of competition variations.

Having fulfilled their contract and uninterested in road cars, the Maseratis departed that year, returning to Bologna to found OSCA. An acronym for Officina Specializata Costruzione Automobili (specialized vehicle construction workshop), OSCA built small lightweight sports racers through 1967. Omer Orsi, meanwhile, continued development of the A6, but production was minuscule. In addition to the spark plugs, the company was reaping profits from batteries, car horns and machine tools. The competition efforts continued, however, and with Juan-Manuel Fangio as lead driver Maserati rolled up seven World Championship victories in five years, more than twice as many as Ferrari. In 1957, Fangio won the World Driver’s championship in a works Maserati 250F, but Orsi pulled the plug on competition soon thereafter.

He had heavy investments in Argentina, which collapsed after the overthrow of Presdient Juan Péron in 1955. To replenish his coffers, Orsi assigned his chief engineer, Giulio Alfieri, to work up a Gran Turismo car. Alfieri took the dohc six of the 350S sports racer, a chassis derived from the A6, and came up with the 3500GT.

Introduced at the 1957 Geneva show, it was powered by a 220bhp, hemi-head 3,485 cc inline dohc six, and available as either a 2+2 coupe or convertible. The coupe body was an aluminum superleggera design by Touring of Milan, the convertible by Allemano of Turin. Disc brakes were added in subsequent years, and a Spyder by Vignale debuted in 1960 on a shorter chassis. Lucas fuel injection was added in 1961, by which time a ZF five-speed transmission was standard.

As a successor to the 3500GT, Maserati commissioned Pietro Frua to design a sleek two-seat hatchback coupe. The first of the “wind Maseratis” and last of the straight sixes, the Mistral was first seen at Salone dell'automobile di Torino, the Italian motor show, in November 1963. The engine was the 3,485 cc unit from the 3500GT, with the Lucas fuel injection and ZF five-speed. Suspension was similar to that of the 3500GT, on an eight inch shorter wheelbase. A two-seat spyder was introduced some months later, and the engine was enlarged to 3,694 and finally 4,014 cc. Total production through 1970 comprised 830 coupes and 120 spyders.

Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, then working at Ghia, the Ghilbi was a steel-bodied two-seat fastback coupe, introduced at the 1966 Turin show. Powered by a four-cam 4,719 cc, 330bhp V8 from the four-passenger Mexico coupe, it would accelerate from zero to sixty in 6.8 seconds, then a remarkable figure, and topped out at 154mph. It could be ordered with either a five-speed ZF manual transmission or a three-speed Borg-Warner automatic. The car’s tubular frame was derived from those of the Mexico and the Quattroporte sedan. It featured disappearing headlamps, leather sport seats and alloy wheels.

An open spyder version was introduced in 1969, and a larger, 4,930 cc, 335bhp engine became available the following year. Total Ghibli production totaled 1,149 coupes, 125 spyders, and 25 Spyder SS models with the larger engine.

Subject of a cosmetic restoration in the mid-1990s, this Ghibli Spyder has had mechanical improvements and tuning since purchase by the current owner from Cosmopolitan Motors of Seattle in 2003. KTR European Motorsports of Ayer, Massachusetts, did the mechanical work, for which receipts are available. The odometer indicates 32,000 miles. The car has participated in both the New England 1000, an annual northeastern road rally run by Rich and Jean Taylor, and the Copperstate 1000, the Colorado vintage rally and tour.

Painted in red with black leather interior and convertible top, this Ghilbi spyder is a rare example from the early days of Maserati V8s. Picturesque and powerful, it is the epitome of Italian sports GT cars of the 1970s.


Lot No 361: 1965 Maserati Mistral Spyder - Estimate U.S. $170,000 - 190,000

Chassis no. AM109/S*037*
Engine no. AM109S037


As fleet as the wind: Automobile manufacturers adore similes and metaphors for the images they convey, so its logical that they’re attracted to names evoking powerful forces. In 1963, Officine Alfieri Maserati SpA, which had formerly designated its car models with numbers, introduced the Mistral, named for a northwesterly French Mediterranean wind.

The theme would stick, five other wind-inspired models were introduced between 1966 and 1989: Ghibli, Bora, Khamsin, Karif and Shamul, all of them named for hot Middle Eastern or eastern Mediterranean blasts. Mistral, the fresh, dry and often cold wind blowing south through the Rhone Valley is the exception, as its namesake is the exception to all the Maserati “wind cars” that followed.

The annals of automotive history are replete with pioneer brothers: the Dodge brothers, Stanley brothers, Rootes brothers, Duesenberg brothers, and occasionally fraternal trios like the Grahams and Whites. Among the few large automobile families were the Brothers Maserati, six in number: Carlo, Bindo, Alfiero, Ettore, Mario an Ernesto. Mario became an artist, but the others devoted their lives to automobiles and motor racing.

Alfieri took over the struggling Grand Prix efforts of Diatto, the upscale Turinese automaker. In 1926, he formed Officine Alfieri Maserati SpA Bolgna, and renamed the Diatto racer “Maserati 26,” winning its class in the Targa Florio. Success was gradual, both Alfieri and Ernesto driving, but Alfieri died in 1932, a consequence of surgery for earlier racing inures. Ernesto succeeded him as chief designer. Ettore had joined the family firm as business manager in 1930, and Bindo became sales manager two years later. Carlo, who had worked for Fiat and Bianchi, died in 1910. Maseratis soon became the car of choice for privateer competitors.

In 1938, the brothers sold the company to Adolfo Orsi. They were retained on a ten-year contract, though the firm was now run by Orsi’s son Omer. After World War II, Ernesto designed a road-going sports car, the Tipo A6, unveiled at the 1947 Salon Internationale de l’Auto at Geneva. Their contract fulfilled, the Maserati brothers departed at the end of the year to found OSCA, while Omer Orsi concentrated on Maserati road cars. By 1957, however, cars were the minor part of the automotive enterprise, which also included spark plugs, batteries, automobile horns and machine tools.

From 1952 through 1957, however, Maserati cleaned up on the race track, winning seven World Championships and dominating Formula One, in large part due to lead driver Juan-Manuel Fangio. Emphasis changed to road cars of the Gran Turismo class as the 3500GT was introduced at the 1957 Geneva show. Powered by a 220bhp, hemi-head 3,485cc inline dohc six, it was available as either a 2+2 coupe or convertible. The coupe body was an aluminum superleggera design by Touring of Milan, the convertible by Allemano of Turin. Disc brakes were added in subsequent years, and a Spyder by Vignale debuted in 1960 on a shorter chassis. Lucas fuel injection was added in 1961, by which time a ZF five-speed transmission was standard.

In 1959, a 4,938cc V8 derived from the 405S competition car was put into the 3500GT chassis, creating the 5000GT, but only 34 were built in six years, selling for twice the price of the 3500GT. Bodied by Touring, Ghia, Frua, Michelotti and Bertone, they were snapped up by personalities like Aga Khan, Gianni Agnelli and Briggs Cunningham.

For a successor to the 3500GT, Maserati commissioned Pietro Frua to design a sleek two-seat hatchback coupe. The first of the “wind Maseratis” and last of the straight sixes, the Mistral was first seen at Salone dell'automobile di Torino in November 1963. The engine was the 3,485cc unit from the 3500GT, with the Lucas fuel injection and ZF five-speed. Suspension was similar to that of the 3500GT, on an eight inch shorter wheelbase. A two-seat spyder was introduced some months later, and the engine was enlarged to 3,694 and finally 4,014cc. Total production through 1970 comprised 830 coupes and 120 spyders.

Delivered new in the United Kingdom by Maserati Concession, the London dealership, this right-hand drive 3.5 liter Mistral came to the United States around 1980. In a Missouri collection until 2007, it was restored during the period 1986-90, at which time the entire body and chassis were stripped and refinished. All mechanical elements, engine, transmission and suspension, were rebuilt with Maserati parts. The interior and dashboard were also disassembled and restored, and Wilton wool carpets installed. The original Borrani wire wheels were restored by the manufacturer and new tires were fitted.

It has recently returned from a major service and detailing by a Maserati-Ferrari specialist shop, including a complete new braking system. Receipts are available for all this work, as well as the 1986-90 restoration. Photographs of the restoration are also available. The car presently shows but 34,134 miles, with most mechanical systems rebuilt much more recently than that. It runs and drives perfectly. Painted in brilliant yellow with tan leather interior, this 1965 Mistral catches the eye and steals the heart.


All photos and text copyright of Bonhams & Butterfield

From David in the USA

"Hi Enrico,

My uncle and I have a Maserati engine and we need help in identifying it.

I have researched high and low and this is what I have found. It's a 4.7-litre or 4.9-litre V8. It has a 5-speed manual transmission.

The number AM 107104 is the only block codes I found. On the cylinder heads it has #18427365.

We are going to sell this and I just want to make sure I give the right description. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Here are some pictures.


P.S. If anyone's interested, they can reach me at


The early Maserati V8 engine



"Hi David,

I've checked the photos you sent me and could see exactly what I wanted to know.

Engine #107*104* is most likely from a 1964 Tipo 107 Quattroporte I (series one), with twin ignition.

The early Quattroporte had in fact a 4.2-litre engine, and it wasn't until 1965 that a 4.7-litre engine was available as an option.

I was thinking, if you send me some extra detailed photos, I can post something in my next Enthusiast's Page 151. Might create some interest. Especially here in Europe.

If the owner of Quattroporte AM107*104* sees the ad, then he should be more than interested.



From Gerhard in Switzerland

"Hello Enrico,

Thank you for a great site!

Enclosed a picture of a very very early Ghibli.

I've seen AM115*018*, but this one must be even older. Look at that Ghibli logo!

Saluti from Swiitzerland,

Gerhard (on your pages already with my Quattroporte 107)."


The early Ghibli spotted by Gerhard

Another early Ghibli spotted at Spa-Francorchamps in 2003

The rear boot lid and light cluster on the later Ghiblis
From Enrico in the UK

"Hi Maseratisti,

Did you know that the song "Life's Been Good" by The Eagles contains the following lyrics?

"My Maserati
Does one eighty-five
I lost my license
Now I don't drive."


"Dear Enrico,

They knew what they were singing about!

Eagles member Joe Walsh was at one time the owner of the Allemano 5000 GT #AM103*026*.

Saluti from Switzerland,





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