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All things 'Maserati'. News of forthcoming models, owner's cars, tips, 'Marque' reunions and the odd touch of humour! In fact anything of interest to the 'Maseratista'.

So if you have any news about Maseratis or have anything owners and enthusiasts should know, send details to maserati123@btopenworld.com


The legendary Il Tridente on the old factory building
 
You can click on some pictures for a better view!!
 
 
 
 
From Cristi in Romania
 

"Hi Enrico,

I've sent you three more pictures with my Maserati. It's a terrible car (see attach)!

Cristi."

 
 
 
 
 
 
From Alexander in Norway
 

"Hi Enrico!

I am attaching a photo of my girlfriend alongside a 1972 Indy 4700 America.

Actually this car has the same owner as the 1968 4000 Mistral which Jarle sent you a photo of (the owner also has a Mexico).

The Mistral is the Geneva show car of 1968, and the Indy is the Geneva show car for 1972. Both cars are in mint condition and a pleasure to drive.

Alexander

 
 
 
 
 
From Chris in the UK
 

"Hi Enrico,

I have just purchased a 3200 GT (picture attached) and am trying to find out as much as I can about Maserati.

 
 

And I came across your website. Wow excellent website.

I'm wondering if you can help me out and give me some ideas on getting the workshop manuals for the 3200 GT.

Anyway I'm gonna spend hours reading your site.

Regards,

Chris."

 
 
 
 
From ferraribuy.com
 

More photos of the rare De Tomaso Pantera 3-seater prototype with the 3-litre Maserati Merak engine that was a part of the collection in the De Tomaso Museum in Modena.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

The 3-litre Maserati Merak engine

The ZF transaxle gearbox similar to that used on the Bora.
 


 
 
 
 
 
From Coy's of London
 
THE SPIRIT OF MOTORING

an important auction of
British & Continental Sports and Touring cars, Toys & Models and Automobilia.
 

THE COYS COLLECTORS AT THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL HALLS - September 30th 2004

Coys Collectors Toys & Models will once again feature at the sale, with a selection of handbuilt and scratchbuilt models, die cast, tin plate and clockwork driven, one off items and trains. Included is a good selection of Corgi, Matchbox and Dinky diecast and a one owner collection of boxed Hornby OO gauge locomotives, carriages, rolling stock, track, buildings and general street furniture. Also some very interesting tinplate, to include a circa 1910 German tinplate fireman on ladder and various tinplate saloon and racing cars, a Javan Smith 1:5th scale scratchbuilt resin and alloy bodied model of the1985 Porsche 956C Le mans car and a handbuilt 1:18th scale kerbside resin and alloy bodied model of the 1958 Maserati 450S, as driven at the Cuba Grand Prix.

The Automobilia section includes a very good collection of motoring mascots, art work and general ephemera, to include a one owner collection of original Roy Nockolds glass plate negatives of his art work, a unique circa 1900 framed oil on canvas entitled 'The Broken Down Car', after T.Bonar-Lyon, an unusual 1927 Chevrolet 'Quota Trophy' mascot and a rare B. Bira 'Prowling Tiger'.

For further information and images please contact

Peter Card or Oliver Strebel-Ritter on 0207 589 2252/07739 514172

or e-mail: collectors@coys.co.uk
For further information and images.
 
 
 
 
From Daniel in France
 

"Enrico,

I am sending you some photos of the Frua Maserati 5000GT that was on offer at the Bonhams Sale at Goodwood last weekend.

It did not sell. They expected GB 170,000.00 as I know after discussing with them.

If you wish to have a photo in higher resolution than attached please let me know.

Regards, Daniel."

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 
 
 
 
From Roger in the UK
 

"Enrico,

Would you like to include this somewhere on your website?

I recently had the misfortune to catch the sump of my 222 4v on a raised manhole cover in roadworks. No damage fortunately as it was a glancing blow and I was travelling slowly through the roadworks.

Subsequently I had an interesting discussion with a highways engineer from West Sussex County Council: there is a notional limit of 35 mm on raised ironwork etc (which must be accompanied by a warning sign warning of "raised manhole covers" or similar). However this limit can be extended to 50 or even 55 mm on the basis of surrounding undulations in the road surface.

I don't know what the clearance is on Biturbo sumps (does anyone have a figure?) but I'd guess it isn't far off 55 mm!

Incidentally the roadworks are on the A283 at Storrington, just east of the mini roundabout on the road leading out of the village towards the A24 and Washington. So Biturbo drivers in West Sussex beware!

Best Regards,

Roger."

 
 
 
 
3500GT restoration progress from Poland
 

"We working hard on the Maserati. After sandblasting we welded on some floor panels and primed all underbody. Also we remove all old paint, putty etc., and we have bare aluminium shell. Now we must realign the bonnet, trunk lid and doors and send the car to the paint shop. During the winter we plan do all jobs on the engine, gearbox etc.

Regards,

Jan and Maciek."

 

 


 


 

 
 
 
 
Great news for the Maseratisti
 
Both MC12 on the podium - Imola 5 September 2004
 

Race

2nd place - No. 33 Andrea Bertolini/Mika Salo (chassis #06/15442) - 97 laps - 43.143 secs down

3rd place - No. 34 Johnny Herbert/Fabrizio De Simone (chassis #03/15440) - 97 laps - 1 min 22.52 secs down

Weather: air temperature 30C, track 34C; sunny.

Circuit length: 4.933 km



Luca di Montezemolo: I am pleased with this result with both cars making the podium; this is testimony to all the work done at Maserati. After twenty-five years, the return to the track could not have gone any better for a manufacturer that is part of automobile history.

Martin Leach: We are very happy with this performance, achieved after a week of hard work. Having two Maserati on the podium is much more than we could have expected. It really is very satisfying. The MC12 proved to be reliable and fast. It is a great result for a new supercar.

Claudio Berro: We knew that we had a good chance thanks to the reliability of the cars. Our performance was good during the whole race. Having both cars on the podium means that we can look ahead to the next race with confidence. I would like to thank all our partners, in particular Pirelli, for all the help given during the development of the MC12 and here at Imola.

Andrea Bertolini: We are satisfied with the result. The car fared very well and so we pushed a little harder during the race, changing to a softer tyre than the ones we used for the start. The support of Pirelli was extremely important in obtaining this result.

Mika Salo: I am pleased with the second spot. Everything went very well. The car was perfect. I did not suffer too much because the cabin was very comfortable. I managed to go particularly fast for a part of the race and I expect to challenge for the win in Germany.

Johnny Herbert: We achieved a great result. Fabrizio and I raced well and consistently, getting to know the car all the way. Towards the end of the race the track was a little dirty and I spun though I got back up to pace quickly and crossed the finish line without any problems.

Fabrizio De Simone: We worked well and everything went well in testing. We maintained a high pace and adopted the right strategy. We made conservative choices throughout, privileging the reliability, and this decision bore fruit.

Photos of the day are available on the internet at: www.maseraticorse.it

 
 
 
 
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