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Trident on the bonnet of
the Maserati Tipo V4
 
You can click on some pictures for a better view!!

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From Helmar in Germany
 

"Hello Enrico,

Crunch time is approaching fast. I'm looking around for some Quattroportes (latest model) in Germany and would like to know what has changed from model year to model year. If anyone reading this has also some practical advice, I'd be appreciative for anything that might be helpful in purchase and maintenance.

Cheers,

Helmar."

 
 
 
 
 
From Harry in the UK
 

"Dear Enrico,

With reference to the VIN code breaker detailed on – www.maserati-alfieri.co.uk/home24.htm

My UK 1989 Spyder (2.8i, Spyder E) VIN plate reads – ZAM 333 B28*AKA 190200*

And seems to be at odds with the decoder translator.

ZAM = Maserati

333 = Spyder

B28 - ? Decoder details all Biturbos as having a B00 here

AKA – K = 1989, A = Modena Plant, the extra A ?

Overall there are 18 digits, when I understand there should only ever be 17.

I’ve seen another similar aged car listed with a B28 in the VIN code (http://www.maseraticlub.co.uk/biturbo.htm )

Can anyone shed some light?

Thanks Harry."

 

"Hi Harry,

So far I've traced the following:

1) 1994 right-hand drive automatic Biturbo Spyder - Chassis number: ZAM333B28A*KA00190302*

2) 1994 right-hand drive automatic Biturbo Spyder - Chassis number: ZAM33B00*00190303*

I think the '28' refers to its 2.8-litre engine and the extra 'A' could refer to its Automatic transmission.

However as you can see from the two numbers listed above, this may not be so.

I will investigate further, and hopefully someone else may shed some light on the subject.

Regards,

Enrico."

 

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From Miguel in Portugal
 

"Dear Friend,

I think that some 3200 Gt/A owners will be pleased to understand why sometimes the starter of their cars fails at such low mileage.

In this case, I have this M.Y. 2000 3200 GTA, with just 41,000 kms on the clock, that developed some starting problems...

Of course that there are many reasons for a starter to fail. Wrong voltage, low battery... keeping the movement of the ignition key for more time that it is needed...

But in this case and, I'm sure that it isn't the only one, the reason was a small cooling liquid leak, just above the starter.

Of course, some work is required to reach the starter, but it is not that difficult with the right tools and patience. Usually the rear 'knock sensor' fails also, if the leak remains for long period, if this happens the 'CEL' is on and limp mode will be activated...

So, if you notice that your cooling liquid is not at the correct level, probably this could be one of the causes.

Hope this helps,

Miguel."

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
From Dean in the UK
 

"Hi,

I am in the process of trying to buy a 3200GT from around 2000/1 and I am having difficulty sorting out colours. As the cars for sale are so far spread around the UK it's impractical to see most of them easily.

On their adverts some people use the official colour names 'Nettuno', 'Sebring' etc, others put, Dark Blue, Mid blue, light blue etc.

As the photos of the cars are all taken in different light conditions, a lot of the blues look very similar or the same blue name quoted looks very different on two separate cars.

I have scoured the web trying to find an easy way of comparing the colours with an official colour chart or something - even on the gallery section of 'Trident' there are no colours given on the various photographs.

I have even asked some advertisers to check under the bonnet for the colour code but two cars with supposedly the same 'Blu Nettuno' look dramatically different.

Do you know of any site where I can make sense of who has what actual colour car for sale by comparing them to a chart or official photographs?

Cheers,

Dean."

 
 
Enrico's Guide to 3200 GT Colours
 

AZZURO ARGENTINA METALLIZZATO

BLU ARGENTO METALLIZZATO

BLU NETTUNO METALLIZZATO
 

BLU SEBRING METALLIZZATO

BLU SPRINT

BLU MASERATI METALLIZZATO
 

GRIGIO ALFIERI METALLIZZATO

GRIGIO NUVOLARI METALLIZZATO

GRIGIO TITANIO METALLIZZATO
 

GRIGIO TOURING METALLIZZATO

NERO CARBONIO METALLIZZATO

QUARTZO DOLOMITI METALLIZZATO
 

ROSSO INDIANAPOLIS

VERDE BROOKLANDS METALLIZZATO

VERDE MISTRAL METALLIZZATO
 

VERDE MOSS

VERDE MEXICO METALLIZZATO

VERDE GOODWOOD METALLIZZATO
 

ROSSO BOLOGNA METALLIZZATO

ROSSO MONDIALE

ROSSO VILLORESI METALLIZZATO
 

LUCI DI MEZZANOTTE METALLIZZATO

BIANCO BIRDCAGE

GIALLO GRANTURISMO
 

BORDEAUX VICTORIA METALLIZZATO

NERO D.S.

 
 

"Maseratisti,

Although I think I've covered most of the colours, I don't think I've covered ALL those that were available for the Maserati 3200 GT, so if your colour or the photo is missing, please email me a photo and the official Maserati colour description. Thank you.

Enrico."

 

"Enrico,

You really are a class act!

Thank you very much - I am sure the 'colours' page will be a great help to lots of Maserati fans!

Best Regards,

Dean."

 
 
 
 
 
From The Car Nut in the USA
 

Maserati aficionado, collector, restorer, and acknowledged 'Car Nut', Ivan Ruiz, has very kindly given me permission to publish his photos of three classic Maseratis that he has currently for sale.

The Maserati Ghibli by Ivan Ruiz

Designed by a young Giorgetto Giugiaro while at Carrozzeria Ghia, the Ghibli has been referred by some as the most beautiful sports/GT car of all times.

Even if you do not agree with that strong of a statement, there is no denying the Ghibli is certainly a very striking and handsome car whose timeless design has aged very well. The Ghibli was named after a hot, dry wind blowing over the Sahara.

Powered initially by a dry sump 4.7 liter V8 it was later upgraded to 4.9 liter. The 4.9 liter cars can be identified by their "SS" designation. The Ghibli SS also has a "49" designation within the serial number: e.g. AM115/49*1788*.

The exterior styling is equally matched by a gorgeous interior. The Ghibli interior is quite spacious and can easily accommodate tall drivers. One famous Ghibli owner was basketball star Wilt Chamberlain.

In 1969, primarily after demands from the US importers, a spyder version of the Ghibli was introduced. The proportions of the car viewed from any angle can only be described as perfect! A beautiful removable hardtop was offered, but only between 25 to 40 cars were shipped with this option. Spyders that were originally equipped with the hard top will have two chrome plugs covering the rear anchoring points for the top. In the late 80's several Ghibli coupes were converted to spyders, so make sure to check serial numbers when making a purchase. All spyders had a odd ending serial number (same number and chassis and engine), also many have an "S" designation in the serial number, example AM115S*1181*, although there are quite a few cars without this designation.

Although the factory never classified the Ghiblis in two series, there are many differences between the early cars (1967 to early 1969) and late cars (late 1969 to 1973). This was an evolutionary process so expect to find some late features on an early car and vice versa. All Ghiblis had air conditioner and many post 1969 cars have power steering. The earlier cars had true knock off wheels while later cars have bolt on wheels. At least 5 different wheel types were offered; early cars were either Borrani wires or Campagnolo solid with true knock offs. Later cars were offered with Borrani bolt on wires and either the bolt on Campagnolo star burst with "fake" knock off covering the bolts (later used on the Khamsin) or a Campnologo wheel, similar to the Indy,. Some Ghibli were equipped with automatic transmission, especially on the spyders, which was a rather sluggish unit and should be avoided.

The late cars have rocker switches to comply to US regulations. Somehow the US government felt the pointy toggle switches were dangerous during an accident! The toggles are more reliable and personally I find them more attractive. The rocker switches tend to be more troublesome (electrically they are rather weak and the plastic chrome tends to break) and the late turn signal switch is definitely problematic and very expensive (the early car turn signals seldom break).

Weber 42CDNF carburettors were adopted on the later cars, as was a single brake booster, plus improved cooling fans. The late cars tend to be better sorted and are therefore more desirable. Still, do not rule out an early car. A good well sorted early Ghibli can be a joy to own. The challenge is to find a Ghibli that is well sorted out. No matter if it is an early or late car. Having owned and driven several 4.7 and 4.9 "SS" cars, I can say there is not that big of a difference. My recommendation is to look for a good solid car. One that runs and drives the way it should and shows signs of having been "loved" by its previous owners. Do not worry too much of it not being a "SS" example, it is just a bunch of hype from people that do not know these cars!

The Ghibli has been compared many times with the Ferrari Daytona. Both have similar dimensions, were offered at the same time and had similar list prices when new. While the Daytona will outperform the Ghibli, the Ghibli will "out drive" the Daytona. You can easily drive a Ghibli in comfort on long trips and it will behave very docile around town. On several occasion I have taken a Ghibli Spyder on 12 hour trips and during the 2000 MaserMiglia, it clocked 1,500 miles in 3 days going over the mountains of the continental divide and crossing the desert with an outside temperature of 110°F. The Ghibli never overheated or broke down .... and at the end of the trip by body did not feel like I was just run over by a truck! How many Daytona owners would dare make that trip?

Currently, the Ghibli, especially the 4.7 coupes, are a bargain, but prices are starting to inch upwards.

A total of 1,149 Coupes were produced and 125 Spyders (25 Spyders were "SS" versions).


This Maserati Ghibli (#AM115*1508*) by Ivan Ruiz

This particular car is a very nice 1970 Maserati Ghibli in burgundy with black leather interior. It is fitted with the 4.7 liter engine, 5-speed ZF gearbox, late style wheels, late style engine cylinder heads, late style interior, quad exhaust, AC, Becker radio. Engine number matches the VIN number.

The paint, chrome and glass are quite nice. The interior is mostly original with the exception of the seats which were nicely redone in black leather to match the rest of the interior. The headliner is in very good condition. Rear seat cushions are included. Overall the interior looks very nice. Undercarriage is excellent with no signs of rust or prior accidents.

Mechanically this car is VERY nice!. It runs and idles flawlessly and revs up without hesitation.There are receipts for over $32,000 spent between 2000 and 2002. This included cylinder head rebuilt, new stainless steel euro headers, AC work, carbs rebuilt, cooling system, brakes, and much more. The work was done by a well known Maserati mechanic. Copies of the receipts can be downloaded here.

These cars sound fantastic with the quad exhaust! This is the third Ghibli I have owned with the quad exhaust and it really transforms the driving experience. The euro exhaust manifold, which this car has, is also is a great improvement as the USA manifolds were somewhat restrictive.

All the gauges, including the clock, are in working order. Tires are Pirelli P4000 Super Touring in very nice condition. Clutch and gearbox are working properly. Car comes with original owner's manuals, receipts, tools and jack.

If you are not very familiar with Ghiblis, click here for a description of this Maserati model.

You can send me an e-mail if you are interested at ivan@thecarnut.com.

Price: US $95,000

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This Maserati Ghibli SS (#AM115/49*2112*) by Ivan Ruiz

This is the ultimate Ghibli for the person looking for a very unique example. It is a two owner California car with only 31K miles. Sold new in Los Angeles and has always been there until now. Has all the desirable features of a Ghibli; the larger 4.9 liter engine, Borrani wire wheels, power steering, 5-speed, air-conditioning, and factory-fitted quad exhaust. In excellent original condition. The interior is very nice. Paint looks great except some lacquer checking in several spots ... this is to be expected from paint that is now over 35 years old, personally I would leave it as is since the car looks very good from 10 feet and might as well keep it original. Never any rust or accidents. Engine runs great! Everything (except the air-conditioning) is in working order, including the clock. Includes jack in the bag, original tools in the roll, and very rare original owner's manual. The manual is for the SS version and is in both Italian and English.

This is the history of the car as documented by the prior owner.

"I purchased the car from a friend who also lives in Los Angeles area in 1982 he was in the music business and had a collection of 16 cars ranging from a Ferrari Daytona, Lamborghini Miura SV, Mercedes 300SL 'Gullwing', the Maserati and many others all of his cars were the best of that particular model available. Part of his mastic was that all his cars were black, even if it was brand new it got stripped and painted black. The Maserati was originally red, it was stripped and painted with 15 coats of hand rubbed lacquer black. When he told me he wanted to sell some of his cars I bought the Maserati, I almost bought the Daytona but honestly the Maserati was a better driving car and just as fast. When I purchased the car it had only 21,000 miles.

The gentleman I bought the car from went to the Maserati factory and saw two sets of the quad exhaust systems and had them both shipped back home and installed one on his car, so it is a factory piece.

In 2002 I had the misfortune of having a spoke break on one of the wire wheels so I sent all four to Borrani and had all new stainless steel spokes chrome plated and installed as well as the rim was checked v re-chromed and caps painted. At the same time I install a new set of Pirelli P5 tires due to the original tires starting to crack from age, I also installed new tubes. The spare wheel is the original wire wheel.

The engines head gaskets were replaced in 2004 as well as the carburetors rebuilt. In 2006 I had the water pump rebuild and the heater valve replaced due to a small leaks. Also in 2006 I had the starter re-built.

I have been very fortunate in regards to the interior, with treating it with Hide Food once a month the leather is very well preserved.

I did have the inside of the bonnet replaced around 1999 due to it starting to tear. The car was never washed with a hose only wiped with a damp cloth and wiped clean to avoid the potential of rust. The car was also glazed and waxed by hand every 2-3 months. The car cosmetically is as when I purchased it, the California climate and keeping it covered in a garage does work, as well as it never being in the rain.

As far as car shows it has been in many local car shows but never judged. The car is always a crowd pleaser and always one of the nicest Ghiblis.

Anything that was required to be done to the car mechanically was always done by master mechanics who know and understand Maserati Ghiblis and no expense spared."


You can send me an e-mail if you are interested at ivan@thecarnut.com.

Price: US $129,000

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The Maserati Bora by Ivan Ruiz

The Bora was introduced at the 1971 Geneva show and it was Maserati’s entry into the mid-engine supercar market. Penned by the newly formed Ital Design studio of Giorgetto Giugiaro, who also designed the Ghibli and the Iso Grifo; the Bora has the wedge shape look found in similar mid-engine cars of the early 1970’s, such as the Ferrari 512BB and the Lotus Esprit.

The Bora was introduced in an era when the French company Citroen owned a majority stake in Maserati. For Citroen the marriage with Maserati presented itself with the opportunity to boost its reputation in the car world by associating itself with a famous Italian marquee. The association would start by creating a world class, no expensive spared, exotic car in which some of Citroen’s innovations could be displayed. That was the role of the Bora. It uses the by now well-proven Maserati V8 engine, in both 4.7 and 4.9 liter form. The interior design is pure Italian with one of the most attractive set of gauges ever laid out on a car. The seats are very unique and extremely comfortable … they look and feel more like lounge chairs than car seats. At first look they would not appear to be that comfortable … but just sit in one and you will know what I mean.

Speaking of seats, they do not move forward or backwards. Instead they hydraulically move up and down, and the pedal assembly adjusts to the driver by moving hydraulically in and out. It is rather cool feature and is certain to impress your friends and neighbors.

Mid-engine cars tend to have cramped interiors, no luggage room and are noise inside. The Bora breaks that mould. Its interior is nice and comfortable, even for tall drivers. The front trunk space is deep with plenty of room. This is unlike a Ferrari 308 in which the "trunk space" is occupied by the spare tire. Best of all, Maserati took the time to make this a true Gran Turism car by providing plenty of noise barriers including double pane glass between the cockpit and the engine.

Much negative has been written about the Citroen hydraulic system that controls the seats, and more importantly the brakes. It is true that this system is a bit unconventional and most mechanics have no clue where to start. But it is a very reliable system given that it has had proper maintenance. About every 10 years the two brake accumulators should be recharged with Nitrogen and the main accumulator replaced. There are folks that provide this service at a reasonable cost. If the accumulators are not recharged they will eventually fail. Luckily the accumulators can be rebuilt at a reasonable cost. When purchasing a Bora always ask for evidence that the accumulators have been serviced even if everything is working properly. A much more serious problem is when someone does not use the proper LHM “green fluid”, thus contaminating the system. Normal brake fluid is especially detrimental to the Citroen system.

When checking a Bora look for the usual rust areas under the door. Use a flashlight to inspect the storage compartment just behind the driver’s seat. By removing a few panels this will give you access to the back side of the ear quarter panel. Another area to check is the trunk front. Lift the carpeting, which is glued to an aluminum panel. Water tends to trap between this panel and the steel floor. Open and close the engine cover and make sure it fits well as they can be very difficult to fit … and impossible if the car has been in any type of accident. All Bora came with a stainless steel roof, dents on the roof are difficult to fix.

Bora has a tendency to run a bit hotter than most other Maserati. If you live in a hot climate this may not be the car you want to sit in traffic in the middle of the summer. On the other hand it is a perfect Spring, Fall and Winter car … with a very effective heater!

Few changes were done to the Bora over the production years. In late 1973 vents were added to the front hood in an attempt to more effectively more air through the radiator. How well this works has been a subject of discussion amongst Bora owners, some claim that it actually makes matters worst. Personally I doubt the factory would have kept this modification until the end f the Bora’s production if it did not provide some benefits. In either case a car with or without the vents will have similar cooling issues.

The bumpers on US cars saw changes from metal, to metal with rubber tips, and then to full rubber in an effort to meet ever-increasing US requirements. The non-US cars have more attractive metal bumpers. Converting the bumpers of a pre-1975 US Bora car is relatively easy as the rear bumper is essentially the same and the front bumper opening needs little modifications. Later US cars with the rubber bumpers have additional body changes that make the conversion much more difficult. Another change occurred in 1975 when the trunks pivot points were moved to the front after several cars trunks blew open at speed. A well adjusted trunk latch on an early car should not pose any danger.

No Bora was imported into the US in 1976. In 1977 we saw the last of the US legal Bora, they can easily be distinguished by the logoed open wheels; no longer were the moon dish hubcaps used. It is interesting to note that a few of the 1977 titled cars were actually built during 1978 and “sneaked” into the US as 1977. I have owned two 1977 with clear evidence of the car being built during 1978. In one car the windshield had a manufacture date of April 1978 and the wheels had a casting date of March 1978. This was Maserati’s way of producing cars and not having to pass the 1978 US DOT/EPA requirements and certification.

The Bora will always be one of the most desirable Maserati production cars. By the end of the production a total of 524 Bora were produced.


This Maserati Bora (#AM117/49*US*830*) by Ivan Ruiz

Excellent condition, 4.9 liter V8 engine, 5-speed ZF gearbox, only 47,000 miles, last of the metal bumper Boras.

This Bora was built in July 1974 and was one of the last Bora built before the factory switched to the big rubber bumpers. The car is in very nice condition. Body is in superb condition with excellent body gaps and no rust. The Rosso Fuoco (fire red) paint is also very nice. I doubt you will be disappointed with the condition of the body and how the car looks.

The interior is also very nice. Both front seats were redone in matching leather and are in excellent condition. The two front carpets were also redone. The rest of the interior is in very good original condition.

All gauges, including the clock, are in working condition. The AC is connected but does not blow cold, most likely low on freon. New clutch main and slave cylinders. Tires are Michellin Pilot in good condition. Stainless steel roof is excellent with no dents. This is very important on a Bora as fixing a dented roof is close to impossible.

Mechanically the car is very nice with excellent oil pressure and no fluid leaks. This Bora pulls strong! Engine is original to the car and the number matches the VIN number. Inside the engine bay it looks nice and unmolested. The engine even has the original Cavis spark plug wires. I just had the hydraulic system serviced with both brake accumulators rebuilt and a new main pressure sphere installed. Although the hydraulic system was working properly I do not like going more than 10 years before having them redone. Better safe than sorry. The headlights, seat adjustment and pedal adjustment, which are all controlled by the hydraulic system, are working properly.

Includes spare tire with it cover, original owner's manual, jack with bag.

You can send me an e-mail if you are interested at ivan@thecarnut.com.

Price: US $79,000

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Seriously interested parties can find out more about Ivan's Maseratis by visiting: www.thecarnut.com

 
 
 
 
 
From Chelsea Lighting Design in the UK
 

The Maserati Lamp

Chelsea Lighting Design is pleased to announce that they have been selected by Lumina - Maserati as network dealers for the Maserati Lamp.

The lamp is a unique collaboration between Italian lighting manufacturer Lumina and the famous marque and was previewed in London in January, at the launch of the new GranTurismo S.

Luxury car maker Maserati and Italian lighting manufacturer Lumina have combined their respective design resources and technology to create and produce an exclusive new family of light fittings by designer Marco Morosini.

The table lamp and complementary floor lamp ( height 115 cm ) reflect the reputation for distinctive styling and tradition of quality craftmanship associated with this famous marque and maker of racing cars and sports cars since 1914.

The stainless steel shades are laser cut to resemble the distinctive shape of the Maserati front grille, enclosing an opal glass and polycarbonate diffuser to soften the light distribution.

The iconic Maserati symbol the "Trident" is incorporated as a decorative element but also as a double-sided, touch sensitive on/off switch and dimmer.

The lamps are now in production and will be on display shortly in their London showroom.

Please contact info@chelsealighting.co.uk for further details.

 
The Maserati Lamp

Table-top version

Manufacturer: Lumina

Designer: Marco Morosini

Year: 2008

Colour/Finish: Stainless Steel

Dimensions:
Width 61 cm
Depth 15 cm
Height 37 cm

 
 
The Maserati Lamp

Floor standing version

Manufacturer: Lumina

Designer: Marco Morosini

Year: 2008

Colour/Finish: Stainless Steel

Dimensions:
Width 61 cm
Depth 15 cm
Height 115 cm

 
 
 
 
 
From Geoff in the UK
 

"Hi Enrico,

I seem to recall a line from a pop song that went, "She was tall, lean and tarty and she drove a Maserati."

Am I correct, and if so, do you know what song it came from?

Thank you,

Geoff."

 

Never a Dull Moment"Hi Geoff,

Yes, I do recall that line. although as I remember, it went;

"She was tall, THIN and tarty..."

Those lyrics came from the pop song 'Italian Girls', written by Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, and was a track from Rod Stewart's 1972 album "Never a Dull Moment".

It goes:

"She was tall, thin and tarty and she drove a Maserati.
Faster than sound I was heaven bound,
Although I must have looked a creep in my army surplus jeep.
Was I being too bold? Before the night could get old.
No, no, no, no. She proved me so wrong.
"

Regards,

Enrico."

 
 
 
 

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