The Enthusiasts' Page

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 enricomaserati@btinternet.com

 
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YOU ARE NOW ON PAGE 200

This 200th Enthusiasts' Page is dedicated to the thousands of Maseratisti, that I am now happy to call my friends, throughout the world who have sent in contributions to this website. I can assure you all that judging by the many emails that I have received your contributions; stories, advice, technical help and photos, have been greatly appreciated.

On behalf of everyone, A HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO YOU ALL!


 
 
 
 
From Jim in Scotland

"Hi Henry,

Italian Car & Bike DayI hope you and your other half are both well. And that she is on the road to recovery since we last communicated…

Congratulations on the 200th Page!! What an achievement and what a resource as a result. I think I joined up at about page 48- I say I think because I have read the entire tome several times and “remember” all the pages from some point… Despite being very aware of and reasonably clued up on Ghiblis, I would certainly never have taken the plunge if it hadn’t been for the education I received through your efforts. So a big thankyou from me!

I didn’t make it to the St Andrews Italian Car Day this year and by all accounts it was something of a wash out. I will however be making it to a forthcoming event held this weekend at Hopetoun House near Edinburgh. I think this year is the second turnout of the Scottish Italian Car & Bike Day; I had not heard of it last year and it seems little advertised (not appearing in Auto Italia) and this flyer came from under the wiper of a Prancing Horse 328 which featured in an opening procession of about ten of the red-cars which led last Sunday’s Festival Cavalcade through Holyrood Park in Edinburgh.

I’m not sure if I’m stepping on anybody’s toes by sending you a copy of the flyer, I would have thought- the more the merrier so to speak, and as such publicity can only be a good thing. Determined to send you some high quality footage, I will attend with a camera rather than just my 3.2MP phone.

Back in touch soon-

Jim."


 
 
 
 
From Didier in France

"Dear Enrico,

I hope everything is OK ?

Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Biturbo.

I'm writing you on the behalf of a small active group of Maseratisti from the well-known Italian Cars Club Forum (France).

We would like to organise a meeting in France to celebrate this unique anniversary...

We are thinking about organising something next May, a meeting similar to that recently organised by Maserati Biturbo enthusiasts in Japan. We are planning to stage our meet at Magny Cours and would like to invite as many Maseratis as possible.

So please post this proposal on your site, in the hope that any Maseratisti wishing to take part in this celebration may contact me.

If you would like to join us for this unique opportunity, please contact me at dibelliot@hotmail.fr.

Maserati owners from all over Europe will be most welcome to come along and join us!

Thanks in advance Enrico.

Regards,

Didier."


 
 
 
 
From Maurizio in the UK

"Dear Enrico,

I recently had the pleasure of catching up with a few friends from the Maserati Club of Japan during a short visit to Tokyo. I am very happy to report that Shinoda-san, one of the Club's secretaries, recently purchased a wonderful Sebring.

Here is a photo of it in real life: http://blogimg.goo.ne.jp.

And here is a marvellous sketch he did himself of his beautiful car.

All the best,

Maurizio."



Shinoda-san's beautiful sketch of a Maserati Sebring 2a serie

 
 
 
 
From Claudio in Italy

"Ciao Enrico,

come va la vita?

Innanzitutto grazie ancora per lo spazio che hai dedicato sul tuo sito al concorso Maserati Club Elegance.

Volevo poi segnalarti che in Austria e Germania sta andando in onda lo spot pubblicitario della banca Sparkasse in cui compare la mia 3500 GT Spyder.


Girato lo scorso ottobre in Costiera Amalfitana e negli studi di Cinecittà Roma, è in onda da questa estate sulle tv tedesche ed austriache.

Lo spot è un episodio di una serie che ha come tema una vaga parodia di James Bond.

L'attore al volante è il tedesco Jurgen Vogel, l'attrice è la britannica Rosalind Halstead, che ha interpretato ruoli minori in film come "Elizabeth" e "Bridget Jones".

In allegato alcune foto di quell'esperienza.

Ciao e buone vacanze,

Claudio.
"


"Hi Enrico,

How's life ?

Thanks again for the space that you dedicated on your site to the recent Maserati Club Concours D'Elegance.

I also wanted to let you know that in Austria and Germany they are going to broadcast an advertisement for the Sparkasse Bank in which my 3500 GT Spyder Vignale will appear.

Check out the video clip at www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEz_mdG5fFU.

Filming was made last October on the Costiera Amalfitana (The Amalfi Coast) and in the studios of Cinecittà Roma, and will be broadcast on German and Austrian TV.

The spot is in an episode of a series whose theme is a vague parody of James Bond.

The actor at the wheel is the German Jurgen Vogel, the co-star is British actress Rosalind Halstead, who has played minor roles in films such as "Elizabeth" e "Bridget Jones".

Attached are a few photos from that experience.

Bye and have a good holiday,

Claudio."



Special Guest Star: The Maserati 3500 GT Spyder Vignale

Taking her place in front of the cameras!!


Giuseppe Candini, Jurgen Vogel, Claudio Ivaldi and the Spyder Vignale !!

 
 
 
 
From John in the USA

"Hello Enrico,

I must congratulate you on 200 Pages of “FESTA ITALIANA” for all the Maserati enthusiasts on the Web. We do appreciate your tireless efforts…

See enclosed photos of the 2007 ALMS Maserati MC12 with Didier Theys and my son Ian, a THIRD GENERATION Maserati Fan.

Ian’s grandfather bought his first Maserati 3500 GTI in the early 1970s which was quickly paired with a Ghibli Coupe. After several more 3500s, a pre production Vignale Spyder, a Mexico, another Ghibli, and ALMOST a 200SI…, we all still enjoy following The Marque from Modena.

Photos are from the 2007 ALMS at Road America, our home track. This former FIA GT1 MC12 chassis #ZAMDF44B000024053 was bought by Fredy Lienhard and raced by himself and Didier Theys and prepared by Doran Racing.

As you can see, Mr. Lienhard and Mr. Theys were Very accommodating to the Next Generation racing fan, my thanks to them.

All the Best,

John from Chicago."



John and Ian with the Maserati MC12

Ian takes centre stage !


The Doran Racing Team with the Maserati MC12

Didier Theys hands Ian a signed momento of his visit


Ian's signed copy of the Doran Racing MC12 promotion leaflet

The technical specification of the Maserati MC12


The Doran Racing prepared Maserati MC12

 


The Teams parade on the starting grid

The Maserati MC12 finished third in the GT1 class!


Didier Theys in the ...

... Doran Racing prepared Maserati MC12

 
 
 
 
From Philippe in Belgium

"Caro Enrico,

Vi auguro una seconda meta 2010 tutta in discesa !

Da parte mia, è con la mia famiglia che mi sono recato per un po di tempo in Umbria ( con una breve fermata in un posto vicino a Maranello). Nel corso di questo soggiorno , ho incontrato un altro Davide ( non Davide Z), che avava partecipato ad un MMT con la sua 420sI (Ora lui a comprato una bellissima 4.24v.), di cui l'ex proprietario era stato tempo prima "freddato!!"

Sulla via del ritorno ci siamo ugualmente fermati in localita Monticchiello (SI) da un altro "Maseratista" ( un Belga che lavora in una tenuta viticola) membro del Club Biturbo, incontrato durante un precedente raduno MMT (Memorial Marco Turci).

Mi ha fatto vedere un catalogo giapponese, dove si poteva vedere il Suo Spyder 94, ambientato in posti vicini a Pienza , Firenze ...

Sulle foto, una rarissima De Tomaso Deauville blindata per il "James Bond belga"....(www.mahymobiles.be).

A presto spero,

Tuo amico Philippe.
"


"Dear Enrico,

I wish you a good second half to 2010, let's hope it's easy-going from here !

For my part, together with my family, we spent a little time in Umbria (with a brief stop at a spot close to Maranello).

In the course of this trip, I met another Davide (not Davide Z), who had taken part in another MMT (Memorial Marco Turci) with his 420 Si (he has now bought a beautiful 4.24v.), a car whose previous owner had been "shot dead" some time ago !!

On the return journey we also stopped at Monticchiello (SI) home to another "Maseratista" (a Belgian who is working at a vineyard) a member of the Club Biturbo, who I had met at a previous MMT meeting.

He showed me a Japanese brochure which included a photo of his Spyder '94, taken in locations close to Pienza, Florence ...

on these two photo, a rare De Tomaso Deauville, specially armour-plated for the "Belgian James Bond"....(www.mahymobiles.be).



The specially armour-plated De Tomaso Deauville!

Total weight was 3.5 tons, thickness of the glass was 3.5 cm !!!

Hope to see you soon,

Your friend Philippe."



Japanese brochure for the Maserati GranCabrio

 


 

 

 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK

MASERATI ONCE AGAIN PARTNER OF THE TUSCAN SUN FESTIVAL



Antony Hopkins

Modena, 30 July 2010 - Just like last year, in 2010 Maserati is the Tuscan Sun Festival's Exclusive Festival Automobile Partner, and Maserati cars will be used to drive around the artists performing in the event.

The models used will be the Quattroporte with the 4.2 engine, a symbol of typical Italian style and elegance. The exclusive Quattroporte Awards Edition with its 4.7 engine, especially built to celebrate the forty-six recognitions the Trident's "admiral" - creator of the "luxury sport sedan" car class - has received from the world"s most prestigious magazines in four continents.

Then there's the new GranCabrio, the first "open top" Maserati that really seats four, establishing itself in the market immediately as leader in its class due to its qualities: comfort, spaciousness, safety and performance.

Maserati's presence in the Tuscan Sun Festival 2010 is a sign of continuity and of the desire to maintain the "privileged relationship" with the world of entertainment, music and art that Maserati has always had. Indeed, since the 50's, great international artists have been attracted to the elegance and sportiness of the cars with the Trident logo.

In the latest product press presentations, a red thread leading to classical music - as well as to cinema and to culture - has always connected these events.

From 30 July to 6 August, by now the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona has definitely set up house in the hearts of the public and the press as one of the most prestigious international festivals.

Founded and directed by Barrett Wissman, great stars often choose this Festival as the only Italian date to perform in every year. At its eighth year in Cortona, the Festival is also held in Napa Valley, California (in July) and in Singapore (in October).

After last year's success, which among so many guests boasted the presence of Anthony Hopkins - who witnessed the excellence of a festival featuring multi-disciplines - this year's festival is looking forward to the performances of Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell, Sting, Gabriele Lavia and other world-class artists.

Maserati is happy to participate in this important event showcasing the excellence of Italian craftsmanship and Italian industry through its fascinating range of automobiles.


Text and photo courtesy of Maserati


 
 
 
 
From Johan Stegny in Austria

Exciting new models from Yow Models and Alezan

Johan Stegny is now taking orders for four new 1:43 scale models by YOW Models, available in Kit and Handbuilt:

The Maserati Medici I Concept Car by Italdesign
The Maserati Quattroporte II by Bertone
The Maserati Buran Concept SUV by Italdesign
The Maserati Auge Concept Car by Castagna

He is also taking orders for the 1:43 scale model by ALEZAN of the Maserati 2.24v. 1a serie.



Exciting new 1:43 scale Maserati models available from Johan Stegny

Johan Stegny


 
 
 
 
From GOODING & COMPANY in the USA
 
Pebble Beach Auctions
 

Two importand Maseratis will be going under the hammer during the Pebble Beach Auctions hosted by Gooding & Company at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center on the 14th and 15th August 2010.



LOT 39

The 1955 Turin Motor Show
1955 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta
Coachwork by Zagato
Chassis No. 2105
Engine No. 2105
Estimate: $1,400,000 - $1,800,000 US

SOLD FOR $1,595,000 US


The Quintessential Italian Berlinetta
Splendid Show-Car Livery
Interesting Early 1950s SoCal Provenance
Original, Unhurt Alloy Coachwork
Authentic Matching-Numbers Example
Used by Maserati for Display and Promotional Purposes
Highly Eligible for the Top International Concours and Events

1,985.6 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Triple Weber 40 DCO3 Carburetors
160 BHP at 6,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Wishbones, Coil Springs and Houdaille Hydraulic Shock Absorbers
Live Rear Axle with Quarter-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Houdaille Hydraulic Shock Absorbers



LOT 138

The Stirling Moss, Jean Behra, Piero Taruffi
Works Racing Team and Development Car
1956 Maserati 200SI
Chassis No. 2401
Engine No. 2401
Estimate: $2,400,000 - $2,700,000 US

SOLD FOR $2,640,000 US


The First Maserati 200S Built
Featured Prominently in Factory Sales Literature
Impressive International Racing History at Premier Venues
Driven by Some of the Greatest Names in Motorsport
Retains Factory-Delivered Engine, Chassis and Bodywork
A Veteran of the World’s Finest Historic Events
Offered with an Exceptional File of Documentation
Certified by the Maserati Classiche Program

1,993 CC DOHC Twin-Plug 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin Weber 45 DCO3 Carburetors
195 BHP at 7,500 RPM
5-Speed Manual ZF Gearbox
Independent Front Suspension with Wishbones, Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers
De Dion Rear Axle with Transverse Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs and Shock Absorbers


ALL TEXT AND PHOTOS COURTESY OF GOODING & COMPANY


 
 
 
 
From BONHAMS in the USA
 
Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia
 

Bonhams will be hosting a sale of Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia on the 12 Aug 2010 to 13 Aug 2010 at Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club, Carmel, California, USA.

Amongst the multitude of interesting lots is one of the most desirable of Maseratis, the Maserati Tipo A6GCS Sports Racer with coachwork by Fantuzzi.



Lot No: 628•

1953 Maserati A6GCS Two-Seat Sports Racer
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Fantuzzi

Chassis no. 2053
Engine no. 2053* see text (original A6GCS engine no. 2067 included)



LOT 628: A 1953 Maserati A6GCS Sports Racer

 


 

 


 

 

The legendary Italian marque of Maserati had been founded in 1926 as a manufacturer of, predominantly, single-seat racing cars. A number of two-seat sports variants were produced pre-World War 2 but they were relatively rare, particularly in contrast to the many Vetturetta or Voiturette-class purebred open-wheeled racing models they manufactured.

In 1937 the founding Maserati brothers sold their company to the industrialist Adolfo Orsi, who moved their factory from Bologna to Modena, and who retained the brothers' services under a ten-year service contract. Upon its expiry they returned to Bologna where they founded their own independent OSCA company, but in Modena the Gruppo Orsi's Automobili Maserati company went from strength to strength. The A6GCS was a very important model for them, and it enjoyed great racing success right from its debut in time for the 1947 season.

Ever since the first races of the single-seat Maserati 6CM, Ernesto Maserati had nurtured a plan to use that 6-cylinder engine as the basis of sports car. As early as September 1946 Ernesto Maserati and engineer Alberto Massimino had produced an unsupercharged 6C-1500 driven by its new owner Guido Barbieri to race wins at Mantua and then – with Gigi Villoresi behind the wheel – at Voghera. This 1500cc 6-cylinder with single overhead camshaft breathed through three twin-choke Weber carburettors and developed around 90bhp. For 1947 Maserati had learned that Ferrari was poised to launch a new 1500cc V12-engined sporting rival. The news was literally like a red rag to a bull. The result was the Maserati A6GCS. Major styling houses such as Pinin Farina and Frua subsequently produced Gran Turismo versions of the basic A6G – 'G' for 'Ghersa', 'iron' crankcase engined model.

As Massimino adopted a racing orientated ladder frame chassis with oval-section main longeron tubes – made for Maserati by the same specialist Gilco company that supplied Ferrari – the A6G emerged most famously as the A6GCS model – 'C' for 'Corsa' (race) and 'S' for 'Sport'. Drivers Alberto Ascari and Gigi Villoresi excelled in these lightweight and spartan new sports-racing cars through the 1947-48 seasons, and the early-style A6GCS progressed in specialist production into 1953 – at least 16 being manufactured before the twin-overhead camshaft A6GCS/53 replaced it in much more intensive production – over 50 of these later cars – such as '2053' now being offered here – becoming the backbone of 2-litre International sports car competition not only in Europe, but also in the USA.

It is believed that 48 A6GCS/53 cars were produced with Spider bodies and four with the 'Berlinetta Pininfarina' closed coachwork. All were originally delivered with a 1985cc aluminum block, overhead twin-cam, twin-plug engine producing approximately 170 horse power. Through the years, many of the A6GCSs used for racing saw multiple engine changes and subsequent modifications. Often, American engines were inserted into the ageing chassis/body assemblies to replace the careworn 6-cylinder in-line Maserati originals.

It is understood that this particular Maserati A6GCS, chassis serial '2053' was sold new in October 1953 to P. Ducati Motors, USA, which is believed to have been a company run by importer Antonio 'Tony' Pompeo. A comprehensive history file with the car has been compiled by specialist researcher John de Boer, and it includes photography of a car believed to have been '2053' in its original form, being demonstrated at Thompson Raceway in October 1953, by five-times World Champion Driver Juan Manuel Fangio.

The car is believed then to have been acquired by Donald McKnought of Cranford, NJ, who co-drove it with Bill Eager in the March 1954 Sebring 12-Hours classic. Mr McKnought also drove the car to finish 6th in the Abraham Lincoln Trophy race and 8th in the President's Cup at Andrews Air Force Base before William Eager won the main event at Suffolk County AFB, Westhampton, NY. The owner then won his class with the car in the famous Giant's Despair Hill-Climb, before suffering an accident at the Bryfan Tyddyn circuit.

The car then appears to have been acquired by the leading Maserati A6GCS exponent of the time, Fritz Koster. The original engine – now reportedly installed in chassis '2052' in Newport Beach, California - appears eventually to have been sold to eminent journalist and historian Karl E. Ludvigsen, via Otto Linton, for car '2039'. '2053' - less engine - then passed to the Diaz brothers, Benny and James Jr., of Turnersville, NJ, in 1958. They ran a body shop in which the car was prepared for a return to competition, this time with Chevrolet Corvette power, as was commonplace for European-built racing cars of the era. A roll-over bar was also added which was hidden within a freshly-added headrest. As described in Mr de Boer's chronology, they raced the car in this configuration until 1961. The car then passed to Gus Buscham of Iona, NJ, who sold it to eventual long-term owner Louis Casazza, in 1964. Mr Casazza uprated the front springs, fitted a new roll bar and newly made dash and raced the car 1965-66 at Vineland and Marlboro. He then fitted mufflers and used '2053' as a "go to school street car" (he was a teacher).

Mr Casazza sold '2053' in 1989 to its fifth owner, MIE Corporation. During this period of ownership the car benefited from considerable restoration work. In 1995, the car was sold to Hiroshi Kobayashi of Japan, eventually returning to the USA in 1999 when it was sold to Dr. Julio Palmas. Although the car had seen minimal use since the restoration work was finished, Dr. Palmas commissioned greatly respected Italian car restorer Nino Epifani to perfect the car to original cosmetic and mechanical specifications effectively regardless of expense.

The interior is finished in flat silver paint as it would have been by Maserati. The correct fuel pumps, located next to the passenger's seat, were located, restored and fitted at Epifani Restorations, as was the differential. The under carriage, rear stowage area, and engine bay are all beautifully detailed to show standards, and are true to original in virtually every respect. The engine number is stamped on a pad forward of the bell housing and includes Maserati insignias. The simplistic dash is ignited by the bright teal gauges which are meant to be easy to read at high speed.

Today the car remains in impeccable mechanical and cosmetic condition as was demonstrated by its 'Best in Class' and 'Most Desirable' awards at the New Hampshire International Speedway Concours D'Elegance, as well as the 'Sid Colberg' award at the Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance. The car is detailed for show, and - we are told - operates as if it just left the factory. The paint and bodywork is outstanding, and are appropriate for a car of such substantial value. Early photos of this car show it with a head faring which was removed in 2003 by Epifani Restorations. The car sits on painted Borrani wire wheels with nearly new tires. The Plexiglas windscreen is unmarked. The cross-drilled trunk, door, and hood latches are all intact and beautifully restored, as are each of the Maserati emblems.

During the 2009 season the current owners had the opportunity to exercise the car in the prestigious Shell Historic Ferrari Challenge, winning at Infineon Raceway. Last year the car enjoyed a strong showing at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races at Laguna Seca where it qualified on the front row and finished second - proving its capabilities against a field of well prepared and historically significant automobiles, including another Maserati A6GCS.

The possibilities for this car are almost endless. It is an eligible and welcome entrant in virtually every prestigious event in the world, from the Pebble Beach Concours to the Mille Miglia and Monterey Historics, as it has completed the FIA Heritage Certificate and FIVA certification process.

As is now commonplace for high value competition cars of this era, the engine currently fitted to this chassis, stamped '2053', is a reproduction unit thought to have been built by noted engine constructors Nuova Lunelli of Modena, Italy. This engine, which makes '2053' eminently useable for road and track events, was installed in 1992, as published in the journal Viale Ciro Menotti (Issue No. 62).

Now accompanied by original Maserati A6GCS engine no. '2067', the historical continuity of this package is greatly strengthened. According to John de Boer, engine no. '2067' was original to chassis '2067', delivered new to Mr. Bruno Venezian who had addresses in Bologna and Trieste, Italy. Venezian contested the 1954 Mille Miglia in a car thought to be '2067', and further competition records indicate his participation in the Gran Premio di Napoli and Gran Premio di Imola. More recently, engine no. '2067' had been removed from chassis '2062' at the time of its restoration and acquired by the current owners of this A6GCS through respected UK dealer Gregor Fisken. Engine no. '2067' has been recently rebuilt by marque specialist Mario Linke in Germany, with only five race weekends since, and is said to be virtually ready to install in '2053' should the new owner desire to do so.

Anyone who has ever followed a well-driven Maserati A6GCS over the Raticosa, Radicofani and Futa Passes on the prestigious Mille Miglia Retro in Italy will confirm the Modenese throughbred's fine handling and performance at close quarters. Serial number '2053' offered here is a mouth-watering example of the genre. It is just one bid away from being yours.


ALL TEXT AND PHOTOS COURTESY OF BONHAMS


 
 
 
 
From RM AUCTIONS in the USA
 
Sports & Classics of Monterey Auction
 

Coinciding with the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Sports & Classics of Monterey auction is now in its 25th year and is considered one of the highlights of the RM auction calendar, continuing to attract discerning collectors and enthusiasts from around the world.

Amongst the multitude of interesting lots are these three splendid Maseratis.

The auction will take place on the 12th, 13th and 14th of August 2010 at the:

Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center
2 Portola Plaza, Monterey
California 93940, USA




LOT 211

1968 Maserati Ghibli

To be offered at auction WITHOUT RESERVE, Friday, August 13, 2010

Chassis No: AM115*578*

Estimate: $70,000-$90,000 US

SOLD FOR $82,500 US



LOT 211: A 1968 Maserati Ghibli

 


 

 


 

 

330 bhp, 4,930 cc V8 engine with dual overhead camshafts per cylinder bank, four Weber dual-choke carburetors, Borg-Warner three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length wishbones, coil springs and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with radius arms and semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 100"

- Delivered new to Sammy Davis, Jr.
- A completely restored concours award-winner
- Stellar handling, performance and drivability
- Powerful 330 bhp V8, Borg-Warner automatic

Production of the Ghibli began with a fastback coupe in April 1967, joined by the Spider in 1969. Through 1969, a race-bred, mid-mounted 4,719 cc V8 engine with dry-sump lubrication and two chain-driven camshafts per cylinder bank powered the Ghibli, producing 330 bhp.

While capable of supercar performance, the Ghibli is equally renowned for its drivability at any speed, as well as its predictable, balanced and forgiving handling, thanks to its near-perfect weight distribution and low center of gravity. Just 1,274 Ghiblis were produced between 1967 and 1972, and today, the Ghibli remains highly coveted for its superior driving dynamics, race-inspired engineering and timeless Giugiaro-penned styling.

This 1968 Maserati Ghibli is stunning in its bright yellow livery with a black leather interior, the colors in which it was delivered when new by a California-based dealer to legendary entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., its first owner. It has been comprehensively restored to better than new condition, earning it the award for Best Italian Sports Car at the 2001 Greenwich Concours. Today, the Ghibli remains stunning, with the paint, chrome, glass, rubber body seals and upholstery all as-new or better. In addition to the Campagnolo alloy wheels shod with high performance but period Avon tires, features include a Blaupunkt stereo system and a Borg-Warner three-speed automatic transmission, which was a rare original option on the Ghibli.

As offered, the Ghibli is complete with a thick restoration binder containing many photos, as well as the original owner's manual, a parts book and a letter from the Maserati Club confirming its famous first owner. Clearly, this former concours winner remains stunning and offers the opportunity to experience its stellar handling, blistering performance and user-friendly drivability.

Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1969.



LOT 236

1967 Maserati 4.7 Ghibli Coupe

To be offered at auction Friday, August 13, 2010

Chassis No: AM115*4732*

Estimate: $120,000-$140,000 US

SOLD FOR $107,250 US



LOT 236: A 1967 Maserati 4.7 Ghibli Coupe

 


 

 


 

 

335 bhp, 4,719 cc V8, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, independent front suspension, live rear axle, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 100.4"

- One of only 1,149 examples produced
- 335 hp V8 engine with a five-speed manual transmission

Established by Alfieri and Ettore Maserati in a small workshop in Bologna, the first Maserati automobile appeared in 1926 and competed successfully in the Targa Florio the same year. Operating as a specialist constructor of racing cars, Maserati continued in the hands of the remaining brothers, Ettore, Bindo and Ernesto after Alfieri’s death in 1932 and until 1937 when they sold their enterprise to industrialist Adolfo Orsi.

The evolution of their designs continued and realized itself in street cars that exuded the company’s racing pedigree. Giorgio Giugiaro penned the striking lines for Maserati’s Ghibli, which made its debut at the Turin Auto Show in 1966. Sporting a quad-cam V8 engine under the hood, which was a slight variation on Maserati’s proven racing powerplant, the car was very well received by the press and the public.

In retrospect, the launch of the Ghibli was the high watermark for Maserati. The company was riding the wave of success with its string of capable supercars such as the 3500GT, 5000GT and the Quattroporte, all of which managed to solidify a mystique that surrounded the Italian car manufacturer. For the collector, the Ghibli is a highly affordable, usable and attractive example of some of Italy’s best work in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

One of only 1,149 examples produced, the 1967 Maserati Ghibli offered here is a beautiful example that appears to be in excellent overall condition. The current owner reports that it has been exceptionally maintained to the highest levels in climate-controlled storage. Finished in yellow with a black restored leather interior, it has the desirable five-speed manual transmission, dual side-view mirrors, alloy wheels and a wood steering wheel.

Truly one of the most useable, affordable and sexy Italian supercars of the period, there are few cars that compare with a Ghibli. This example is presented in very attractive colors and would be a prized addition to any collection.



LOT 309

1962 Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spyder

To be offered at auction Saturday, August 14, 2010

Chassis No: AM 101*1337*

Estimate: $220,000-$240,000 US

SOLD FOR $231,000 US



LOT 309: A 1962 Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spyder

 


 

 

220 bhp, 3,485 cc twin overhead camshaft twin-plug inline six-cylinder engine with triple 42 DCOE Weber carburetors, five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel Girling disc brakes, independent front suspension with coil springs, solid rear axle on leaf springs and tubular shock absorbers. Wheelbase: 94.1"

- Power windows, four-wheel disc brakes, Weber carburetion and five-speed gearbox
- Most desirable specification
- Well documented and sorted

Factory records indicate that chassis 1337 was produced on October 20, 1961. With power windows, four-wheel disc brakes, a five-speed gearbox and Weber carburetion, this is the configuration most desired by collectors today. This car benefits from the loving care and consistent maintenance of an owner who purchased the car in 1981 and retained it until 2008. In his nearly thirty years of ownership, he never hesitated to address any need or problem that arose, and he kept the car in mechanically fit condition at all times. It is presented here in a very fitting shade of red that is complemented by tan leather seats, a tan cloth top and a beautiful set of 16-inch Borrani chrome wire wheels. The paint, interior top and brightwork are in very presentable condition.

The owner kept excellent records, and a large file of receipts for mechanical work from 1981 to 2008 is included in the sale. Most notably is a receipt from January 3, 2000 when, with 52,626 kms showing on the odometer, the Maserati was delivered to Deutschland Automotive of Tucker, Georgia for an engine rebuild. The engine was removed from the car and disassembled. After a close inspection, it was determined that all lower end internals were in fine condition, but the top end (valves, camshafts, timing chain, etc.) received a full going through. Less than 2000 kms and eight years later (showing 54,588 kms), the car received a new clutch. In June of this year, this writer had the pleasure of driving this Maserati in the muggy 100-degree heat of Houston. Although the driver nearly overheated, the engine temperature remained exactly where it should. The steering was tight, the gearbox crisp and all mechanical systems were working as they should.

With low production numbers, exceptional build quality and potent engines, the 3500GT Spiders are wonderful cars to own and represent exceptional value in the market today. This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire a rare coachbuilt open Italian car from an esteemed manufacturer for less than ten percent of the price of a Ferrari 250GT California Spider.


ALL TEXT AND PHOTOS COURTESY OF RM ACTIONS


 
 
 
 
From COYS in the UK
 
Oldtimer Grand Prix Nurburgring
 

Coys will once again be hosting a sale of Automobilia & Collectors Items and Fine Motor Cars during the Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nurburgring race circuit.

Amongst the interesting lots are these items of Maserati memorabilia and three classic Maseratis.

The auction will take place on the 14th of August 2010 at the:

Nurburgring race circuit
Saturday 14th August 2010 at 16:00




Lot 31



LOT 31: An original Maserati Technical Drawing, dated 1963

An original technical drawing for a detail of an automatic gearbox, dated 1963.

Estimate: €100 - €140



Lot 35



LOT 35: Maserati 5000 GT Shah of Iran – Technical Drawing

A technical blueprint drawing of the famous Maserati 5000 GT Sha of Iran car, a fantastic item.

Estimate: €300 - €400



Lot 104

1992 Maserati Karif Coupe by Zagato



LOT 104: 1992 Maserati Karif Coupe by Zagato

Registration Number: EU Registered
Chassis Number: ZAM 339B00KA100

Between 1988 and 1992, only 221 Maserati Karif Coupes were built by Zagato. Being a light sportscar of 1400 kos weight and a powerful 2.8 litre V 6 bi - turbo engine, giving 225 HP , this was definitely a very quick car. The example on offer here is one of the last series and equipped with a catalytic converter, limited slip differential and ZF five-speed gearbox.

With a mileage of only 45,000 km, this Karif is described as being in very good condition by its vendor and finished in traditional Maserati red with black leather interior.

Estimate: €12,000 - €16,000



Lot 110

1963 Maserati 3500 GT Sebring Series 1



LOT 110: 1963 Maserati 3500 GT Sebring Series 1

 


 

 

Registration Number: EU Registered
Chassis Number: AM 101-01661

The 3500GT can lay claim to being the first true production Maserati, and was first shown at the 1957 Geneva Show. Beneath aluminium coupe coachwork by Allemano (later by Touring), the Maserati featured a tubular frame chassis. Suspension comprised independent coil springs and wishbones at the front and a leaf-sprung rear axle while brakes were alloy-finned drums all round. Power came from a 3,485cc, twin overhead camshaft, straight six engine; via triple Weber carburettors and twin spark plugs per cylinder it produced 230bhp at 5,500rpm which, allied to an all-synchromesh five-speed ZF gearbox, allowed a 144mph top speed and 0-60mph in around eight seconds, indeed impressive figures for the time.

This beautifully presented Sebring, finished in a rare shade of green with mushroom leather interior, Nardi steering wheel and chrome whire wheels, was restored by well-known Italian specialist Marconi between 2003 and 2005. Since then, the car has only completed 650km, during which it is described as performing faultlessly. Coming out of a significant collection based in Germany, the car is still registered in Italy with the lovely old black number plates of ROMA (Rome). Ready to be used and offered here at a sensible reserve below the current market value, this historic Maserati would make a fine addition to any enthusiast’s stable.

Estimate: €65,000 - €75,000



Lot 123

1973 Maserati Indy 4.7 Coupe - Ex German Museum



LOT 123: 1973 Maserati Indy 4.7 Coupe

 


 

Registration Number: EU Registered
Chassis Number: AM 11647740

During the 1960s Maserati gradually gave up the idea of motor racing and turned more to road cars, although these harked back to the marque‘s days of glory on the race tracks. Nowhere is this dichotomy better illustrated than in Maserati‘s V8 models. The engine was commissioned with the intention of winning the Indianapolis 500 but then the commissioner ran short of funds and withdrew from the project. Maserati could not allow a wonderful large-block, quadruple camshaft, engine to gather dust and so gave it gainful employment in the 450S sports-racer which almost won the 1957 World Sports Car Championship.

The front-engined cars originating in the 1960s shared the same basic floorpan although crucial dimensions changed according to whether it was to support the lithe Ghibli or the corpulent Quattroporte. By 1968 it was felt that the road car designs were rather plain so shortly after the exotic Ghibli the Indy was introduced, a striking gran turismo with four seater coachwork by Vignale. With servo-assisted disc brakes on all four wheels, monocoque construction, a 260bhp quadruple camshaft V8 engine and five speed gearbox this was, for its day, a thoroughly modern and potent motor car, capable of a claimed maximum speed of over 150mph. In 1970 a larger, 4.7 litre engine became an option, with improved performance and greater refinement.

The Maserati Indy on offer comes to us from a German car museum and is presented in elegant Grigio with matching interior. Having been restored between 1989 and 1991, the car presents itself in good condition and just two years ago, it received an engine rebuild with new pistons. Supplied with German historic paperwork and TÜV, this classic Maserati is a perfect addition to any collection of high-class Italian sports cars and a sought after car by many enthusiasts.

Estimate: €35,000 - €40,000


ALL TEXT AND PHOTOS COURTESY OF COYS


 
 
 
 
From ABC Brianza in Italy

MASERATI Tipo 61 by CMC Models


ABC Brianza now have stock of CMC Model's limited edition 1:18th scale model of the Maserati Tipo 61. This is a special limited edition of 600 models only, each one signed by Dan Gurney.



CMC 062 MASERATI TIPO 61 BIRDCAGE

 
 
 

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