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Trident on the bonnet of
the Maserati Tipo V4
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From The Sun in the UK

Ben Aucott's Monza diary


Check out for CHRIS HOCKLEY'S account of the "Blood, sweat and tears" behind motor racing’s glitzy exterior revealed by The Sun, after they spent a drama-packed weekend with a top GT team - Ben Aucott and the JMB Racing Maserati MC12.

From H&H Classic Auctions in the UK

H&H Classic Auctions, Loseley Park, Guildford - 8th June 2008


Here in the UK, H&H Classic Auctions will be hosting a sale of classis cars at Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey on the 8th June 2008. Three Maseratis; a 1967 left-hand drive Mistral, a 1973 Bora and a 1978 Merak will be offered up for sale:


Lot 28: A 1974 Maserati Merak - Estimate GB £16,000 - £18,000

Mileage: 23,910 miles
Colour: Blue
Trim Colour: Magnolia
Chassis No: AM122*0886*
Engine No: 08BZ909328
Registration No: DBY863M Engine Cubic Capacity: 2,966 cc
M.O.T: July 2009

Introduced at the October 1972 Paris Motor Show, the Maserati Merak (Tipo 122) was intended to rival the Ferrari 308GT4 and Lamborghini Urraco. Named after a star from the Ursa Major constellation, the compact 2+2 sportscar's styling deliberately aped that of its Bora supercar sibling (both models being penned by Giorgetto Giugairo). Based around a steel monocoque chassis equipped with all-round independent double-wishbone suspension, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes and rack-and-pinion steering, the Merak was powered by a longitudinally-mounted 'quad-cam' 2965cc V6 engine allied to a five-speed transaxle gearbox. Fed by triple Weber carburettors, the powerplant (a smaller capacity version of which had already seen service in the Citroen SM) was credited with 190bhp and 188lbft of torque. Reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds and 140mph in standard tune, an even quicker Merak - the SS - made its debut at the March 1975 Geneva Motor Show. Always something of a rarity in the UK, just 231 Meraks are thought to have been officially imported between 1973 and 1982.

Finished in blue with grey leather upholstery, this particular example is variously described by the vendor as being in "average" (interior trim, electrical equipment), "good" (gearbox, bodywork, paintwork, wheels / tyres) or "very good" (engine, chassis) condition. Reportedly "sold new to the UK in 1978 but exported soon after to Singapore where it was put on showroom display, resprayed and customised with gold trim", 'PNP 524T' is further understood to have been re-imported to Britain during 2003 and "prepared as a HSCC 1970s Roadsport Class B racer including a major mechanical overhaul: suspension, brakes, gearbox, steering rack, track rods". Converted back to a road car earlier this year, the Merak now carries a carburettor-fed 2.7litre SM V6. Said to have been overhauled by specialist A. Brodie Engineering some 7,000 miles ago, the unit in question boasts "solid exhaust valves (a £2,500 job) and injection profile camshafts for more power". While, most of the interior trim has been reinstated the tired carpets have been left in the boot (the better to show off the "rust free chassis"). An intriguing prospect despite "two faulty gauges", this well-travelled Maserati is offered for sale with scrutineering documents and MOT certificate valid until May 2009.


Lot 36: A 1967 Maserati Mistral LHD - Estimate GB £38,000 - £42,000





Mileage: 82,357
Colour: SILVER
Trim Colour: BLACK
Chassis No: AM109/A1*1446*
Engine No: AM109A11446
Registration No: PWP 239E
Engine Cubic Capacity: 4,012 cc

First seen at the 1963 Turin Motor Show as a prototype, the Mistral (or Tipo 109 in Maserati parlance) was styled by Pietro Frua. A radical departure from its somewhat conservative 3500GT / GTi / Sebring forebears, the lines engendered by its delicate boat-like prow and fastback rear (complete with wraparound windscreen) were fantastically a la mode. Following established Maserati practice, its chassis frame was equipped with independent coil-and-wishbone front suspension, a 'live' rear axle, anti-roll bars and four-wheel disc brakes (though, the adoption of square-section tubing and a shortened wheelbase contributed to its fine handling too). Entering production the following year, the Mistral Coupe was initially powered by a 3694cc DOHC straight-six (a distant relative of the unit fitted to the illustrious 250F Grand Prix car) mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Already a seriously quick car, the arrival of a 4014cc engine option in 1966 brought yet more performance. Rated at 255bhp and 268lbft of torque, this potent powerplant reputedly yielded a top speed of 159mph. Only 298 4-litre coupes are thought to have been built by the time manufacture ceased in 1969.

Finished in silver with black leather upholstery, this particular left-hand drive example is variously described by the vendor as being in "good" (engine, gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis) or "excellent" (bodywork, paintwork, wheels / tyres) condition. Said to have had "much restoration work done over the past five years" with particular attention being paid to its "suspension, brakes and wheels", the same time period has also apparently seen 'PWP 239E' benefit from "a bodywork refurbishment and repaint". Rare and stylish in equal measure, this stunning Maserati is offered for sale with MOT certificate valid until January 2009.


Lot 37: A 1973 Maserati Bora - Estimate GB £46,000 - £50,000







Mileage: 46,000 miles
Colour: RED
Trim Colour: OATMEAL
Chassis No: AM117*209*
Engine No: AM107/07/47
Registration No: SKM 883M
Engine Cubic Capacity: 4,719 cc

Introduced at the 1971 Geneva Salon, the Bora was Maserati's first and - MC12 aside - only mid-engined supercar. Funded by parent Citroen its menacing Giorgetto Giugiaro penned silhouette clothed a sophisticated steel monocoque chassis equipped with all-round double-wishbone independent suspension and the French manufacturer's latest generation hydraulic hardware. Thus, able to boast power-assistance for its rack and pinion steering, four-wheel disc brakes, retractable headlights, single-plate clutch and adjustable pedal box, the Bora was a world away from its Lamborghini Miura rival in terms of refinement. Cradled by a dedicated subframe, its quad twin-choke Weber DCNF fed 4719cc DOHC V8 engine was mated to a ZF 5-speed DS-25/2 transaxle (as used by the Ford GT40). Credited with 310bhp and 339lbft of torque, the Bora was reputedly capable of 168mph and 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds. Praised by the contemporary motoring press for their verve and composure, a mere 289 4.7 litre Boras are thought to have left the Trident factory (though, apparently just 27 of those were to right-hand drive specification).

Finished in red with oatmeal leather upholstery, this particular right-hand drive example is variously described by the vendor as being in "excellent" (engine, gearbox, electrical equipment, chassis, wheels / tyres) or "concours" (interior trim, bodywork, paintwork) condition. Reportedly "imported from Dublin in Easter 1986", 'SKM 883M' is understood to have entered the current ownership that same year. As well as benefiting from over two decades worth of "general ongoing maintenance", the supercar is said to have been treated to a recent replacement clutch (2,000 miles ago) and extensive bodywork / interior restoration (2005 - 2008). Reputedly "featured in several classic car magazines over the last ten years", this sensational right-hand drive Bora is offered for sale with "receipts totaling more than £25,000", MOT certificate valid until October 2008 and road tax valid until November 2008.


Further details and catalogue enquiries may be found at
From The Sun in the UK

Ben Aucott's Monza diary


Check out for CHRIS HOCKLEY'S account of the "Blood, sweat and tears" behind motor racing’s glitzy exterior revealed by The Sun, after they spent a drama-packed weekend with a top GT team - Ben Aucott and the JMB Racing Maserati MC12.

From Johann Stegny in Austria



Johann Stegny at announces three new 1:43 scale models of the Maserati Tipo 61 'Birdcage' with coachwork by Drogo in kit and ready-built form from RV Models.

He is now taking orders for June delivery - the models are available in kit form at EURO 75,00 of ready-built at EURO 179,00.


RV 21B: Maserati T61, chassis 02472 by Drogo “Maserati France”, GP Reims 1963, #34

RV 21A: Maserati T61, chassis 02472 by Drogo, GP Nürburgring 1962, #99

RV 21E: Maserati T61, chassis 02472 by Drogo, Version Museum Panini, Modena, red with rollbar
From the Mille Miglia in Italy


Celebrity chef and car aficionado James Martin has entered his latest addition to his car collection, a stunning Maserati A6GCS, in this year’s Mille Miglia race.

James, who acquired and painstakingly restored his 1948 A6GCS (one of only 15 ever built) just a few months ago, headed off to Italy on Sunday in a new Maserati GranTurismo. He was accompanied by a TV crew who will be filming him and his co-driver Sarah Bennett-Baggs, herself a racing driver and team manager, for a one-off documentary which will be aired later this year.

The Mille Miglia starts today at 19:30 from Brescia, Italy and will finish on Saturday at 22:30 again in Brescia. A total of 10 Maseratis, including James Martin’s A6GCS featuring race number 161, will be competing in the 2008 edition of the “world’s greatest road race”.

The Maserati A6GCS 'Monofaro' features an open 2-seater barchetta body with cycle wings, no doors and a single central headlight and was crafted by factory coachbuilder Medardo Fantuzzi of Tipo 26 fame. A body with integrated mudguards and three headlights was introduced for endurance racing in 1948. A unique streamlined coupé was built for Luigi Villoresi to drive in the 1947 Mille Miglia. A total of 15 cars were made. Two team cars raced with Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi in 1947 and 1948, the latter winning the Italian championship both years. The A6GCS also raced in Formula 2 as a single seater, with its road-going equipment removed and the passenger seat blanked-off, resulting in a net weight of 580 kg.


James Martin with his Maserati A6GCS and a GranTurismo

Sarah Bennett-Baggs and James Martin
with his Maserati A6GCS and a GranTurismo

Sarah Bennett-Baggs and James Martin in the Maserati A6GCS
From eBay in the UK


This original enamel vintage official Maserati workshop sign measuring 99.5cm high, 63cms wide and 2.5cms deep, in good, used condition was recently sold on eBay here in the UK for GB £748.94!!!







From Haynes Manuals in the UK

Haynes has good news for drivers facing £5 per gallon pump prices

Around the country, the average cost of unleaded petrol is about £1.10 per litre with some motorists paying more than £1.20. Diesel fuel averages about £1.20 per litre, rising to more than £1.34 in some parts of the country.

With global oil prices continuing to rise, the £5 gallon is here – and likely to remain with motorists for the foreseeable future. Just now, drivers need some money-saving help and it comes from Haynes the foremost publisher of car and motorcycle manuals. Dedicated to saving motorists money, Haynes offers practical advice for negating the increased cost of fuel.

Mr Haynes, managing director of Haynes Publishing, says: "Unfortunately, high fuel prices are a fact of life. However, there are many ways motorists can actually reduce their fuel bills. Doing so has other benefits – reducing congestion and lowering harmful emissions, for instance."

Haynes has the following advice for lowering fuel bills.

Stay below the legal limit of 70mph on motorways.

Allow extra time for your journey and drive at 50mph instead of 70mph – the Slower Speeds Initiative says this can save you 30 per cent of your fuel bill. But be careful not to frustrate other drivers who may want to press on regardless.

Don't use high engine revolutions (rpm). Change gears so that your engine is operating at its most fuel efficient. This is usually the same as the rpm at which it produces most torque - see your handbook or Haynes manual.

Switch off the engine when stopped for more than a few seconds at traffic lights or in congestion - by leaving it idling you're actually burning fuel and going nowhere.

Check your tyre pressures regularly. If they're under inflated it will cost you eight per cent more fuel (and the tyres will wear out faster).

Don't leave the roof rack on ready for the summer holidays – it adds drag which uses up to 5 per cent more fuel.

Anticipate your stopping so that you use your brakes less - you'll cut down on wasteful acceleration, and save lots of fuel.

If you don't need to run your air conditioner, don't. Your car's air conditioner forces the engine to work harder. Opening the windows instead can increase air resistance at speed and so raise fuel consumption slightly, but not as much as using the air conditioning.

Don't skimp on maintenance. A well-maintained car uses less fuel.

Finally, consider leaving the car at home for short journeys. Walk, cycle or use public transport instead.

Haynes manuals are available for 80 per cent of cars over three years old on UK roads. They contain many tips for saving fuel and show motorists how they can save money on garage bills by doing simple servicing and maintenance tasks themselves.

Haynes Manuals retail at £18.99 (hardback) – less than half a tankful of fuel. They are available from or from all good automotive accessory retailers and bookshops including Halfords and Motor World.

Of course although very interesting, none of this is of any interest to a Maserati owner with a heavy right foot, and sadly Haynes don't produce manuals for Maseratis!

From Bonhams in Monaco

At the recent Bonhams sale "Les Grandes Marques à Monaco", held in Monaco on the 10th May 2008, the following Maserati related items and classic GTs went under the hammer. A 1966 Maserati Mistral 4000 Spyder sold for EURO 238,500 including buyer's premium and taxes and a 1982 Maserati Khamsin Coupé went for EURO 103,500 !!!


Lot 51

- Maserati Trident badge

A cold cast aluminium Maserati Trident badge, modern, 100 x 60cm.

Sold for €250 plus Premium and tax.

Lot 84a

- A Maserati 300S crankshaft

Estimate: €800-1,200

A Maserati 300S crankshaft, in good order and offered together with a quantity of spares for the car, including crown wheel, valve lifters, ball joints, suspension parts, head studs and others. (Qty.)

Sold for €900 plus Premium and tax.


Lot 126

- 1966 Maserati Mistral 4000 Spyder

Coachwork by Carrozzeria Frua

Chassis No: AM109/S1*641*

Sold for €210,000 plus Premium and tax


Last of the classic six-cylinder Maseratis, the Pietro Frua-styled Mistral commenced production in 1963. The 3.7-litre version of the Modena manufacturer’s long-stroke engine was fitted to most cars,other options being the 3.5-litre or, from 1966, the 4.0-litre unit. A handsome two-seater on a shortened, square-tube chassis, the Mistral was built in coupé and spyder versions, the former's opening rear window hatch making it unusually practical for a sports car. A five-speed gearbox, disc brakes and fuel injection were standard equipment; automatic transmission, air conditioning and a limited-slip differential the options. Production ceased in 1970, by which time a total of 827 coupés and 123 spyders had been built.

This rare Mistral 4000 Spyder was manufactured in 1966 and imported into the USA where it was sold to its first owner, Mr F J Capretto of Seattle, in 1967. The car retains matching numbers on the engine block, cylinder head and chassis, and its history is known in full. In the early 1970s the Mistral was sold to the second owner, another Seattle resident, who drove it regularly until an overheating problem led to its being laid up in 1977. Thereafter the Maserati remained stored in a one-car garage in Seattle until exhumed in 2002.

In 2004 the car was purchased by its third owner, Mr Francis G (Frank) Mandarano, a noted Maserati historian, founder of the Maserati Club International and the successful, trend-setting Concorso Italiano, under whose expert direction its restoration was begun. Chassis number ‘641’ was delivered to Vancouver and entrusted to the well known Maserati specialist

Milo’s European Car for the mechanical rebuild which included everything from the radiator back to the fuel tanks. The engine was rebuilt using new liners, Asso pistons, bearings, valves, guides and seats, with all moving parts computer balanced to perfection. All hydraulics were rebuilt, including the clutch and brake master cylinders, brake boosters, calipers and new brake hoses. A new clutch was fitted, all hoses replaced and the fuel tanks and radiator cleaned. In addition, ‘641’ received a new set of reliable Weber 42 DCOE8 carburettors along with the original right-hand script cam cover. (The original Lucas fuel injection system comes with the car). A new stainless-steel exhaust was fitted from the manifolds back, and sounds wonderful. Over $35,000 was spent on the engine rebuild alone, with all expenses recorded.

The five original Borrani RW 3994 15” wire wheels were rebuilt and fitted with new Pirelli Cinturato tyres. Also included for winter driving is an extra set of (4) Starburst alloy wheels shod with excellent Michelins. The interior of ‘641’ received very special care. Firstly, the seats and door panels were re-trimmed in Turin, Italy by none other than Sig. Gavina, the man responsible for all the Quattroporte 3 interiors and the special four-door Ferraris and station wagons built for the Sultan of Brunei, as well as far too many great cars to list here. The exact colour match to the original leather was found in Italy, and four hides were purchased. World famous car trimmers, Luppi of Modena, supplied 16m2 of exactly matching Wilton wool carpeting, and back in Seattle the interior was finished by Steve Shepp, who also made a new convertible hood using the original as a pattern. In all, close to $15,000 was spent on trimming, including materials.

Circa 2005 the car came back to Europe where its restoration was completed by a specialist in the South of France. Presented in concours condition, the car is offered complete with its original hood covering and interior leather trim, together with a file of restoration photographs.

Images and Text are the sole copyright of Bonhams


Lot 127

- 1967 Maserati Mistral 4000 Coupé

Coachwork by Carrozzeria Frua

Chassis No: AM109/A1*1248*

Estimate: €60,000 - 80,000


Maserati’s survival strategy for the 1960s centred on establishing the company - which hitherto had mainly concentrated on its Grand Prix and sports car racing activities - as a producer of road cars. The Modena marque’s new era began in 1957 with the launch at the Geneva Salon of the Touring-bodied 3500GT. A luxury ‘2+2’, the 3500GT drew on Maserati’s competition experience, employing a tubular chassis frame and an engine derived from the 350S sports car unit of 1956. Suspension was independent at the front by wishbones and coil springs, while at the back there was a conventional live axle/semi-elliptic arrangement. Power output of the gorgeous twin-cam six was around 220bhp initially; later examples producing 235bhp on fuel injection.

The next development of the theme arrived in 1962. Built on the short-wheelbase chassis of the Vignale-bodied 3500GT spyder, the Sebring coupé featured a five-speed gearbox, disc brakes and fuel injection as standard equipment, with automatic transmission, air conditioning and a limited-slip differential available as options.

Last of the classic six-cylinder Maseratis, the Pietro Frua-styled Mistral commenced production in 1963. The 3.7-litre version of the famous long-stroke engine was fitted to most cars, other options being the 3.5-litre or, from 1966, the 4.0-litre unit, all of which came with Lucas fuel injection. With 255bhp available from its larger engine, an increase of 10bhp over the 3.7-litre unit, the Mistral 4000 was good for a top speed approaching 160mph (258km/h). A handsome two-seater on a shortened, square-tube chassis, the Mistral was built in coupé and spyder versions, the former’s opening rear window hatch making it unusually practical for a sports car. A five-speed gearbox, disc brakes and fuel injection were standard equipment; automatic transmission, air conditioning and a limited-slip differential the options. Production ceased in 1970, by which time a total of 827 coupés and 123 spyders had been built.

Retaining its original engine and gearbox, this Mistral was restored and mechanically rebuilt around 12-14 years ago and is presented in very nice overall condition. The car is finished in blue with original black leather interior and boasts the desirable wire wheels. One of Maserati’s best loved models in the most sought-after 4.0-litre specification, it is offered with Netherlands registration papers.

Images and Text are the sole copyright of Bonhams


Lot 128

- 1976 Maserati Bora 4.7-litre Coupé

Chassis No: AM117*818*

Sold for €70,000 plus Premium and tax


The highlight of 1971 Geneva Salon was undoubtedly the sensational new Maserati Bora. With the Bora’s introduction, the great Modenese manufacturer followed other supercar constructors in going mid-engined, at the same time abandoning its traditional tubular chassis technology in favour of unitary construction. Named after a wind, the Bora was the work of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Ital Design, at least as far as its bodyshell was concerned; the mid-mounted engine was Maserati’s familiar four-cam V8 in 4.7-litre form, the five-speed transaxle came from ZF and the all-independent double-wishbone suspension was penned by Giulio Alfieri, co-designer of the legendary 250F. One of the first ‘new generation’ models to appear following Maserati’s acquisition by Citroen, the Bora used the latter’s hydraulic technology to adjust seats and pedals, raise the headlamps and operate the excellent power-assisted brakes. A slippery shape plus 310bhp made for a very fast car - top speed was around 160mph (258km/h) - and the Bora had acceleration and handling to match.

By January 1976, Maserati’s management apparently had discussed shelving the Bora, but later that year decided to continue, though with a special enlarged 4.9-litre V8 engine for export to USA. Only some 25 Boras were made in all that year, and the total produced from 1971 to 1978 was only 571. The type was finally phased out in 1979. Motor magazine concluded its March 1973 road test thus: ‘The Bora impressed us as one of the best and most civilised mid-engined exotics we’ve tried, better developed than most of its ilk and immensely rewarding to drive, especially to drive fast on cross-country roads.’ What more could an enthusiast want?

The Bora was a stunning supercar by any standards, both then and now. This particular example is currently in the hands of only its third owner and has covered a mere 9,800 kilometres since a restoration in England. Finished in red with superb black interior, the car is offered with UK Swansea V5 document, German registration papers and file with many restoration bills. The Bora is an important and quite rare model, of which this is one of the most attractive example.

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Lot 133

- 1981 Maserati Merak SS Coupé

Coachwork by Ital Design

Chassis No: AM122A*4090*

Engine No: AM122*77263*

Sold for €38,000 plus Premium and tax


Maserati followed-up its first mid-engined supercar - the Bora - with the similar Merak. Launched in 1972, the latter was intended as competition for Ferrari’s top-selling Dino 246 and used a stretched, 3-litre, 190bhp version of the four-cam V6 that had debuted in the Citroen SM. The French firm owned Maserati at the time, so the Merak made use of the SM’s transmission and power-operated, all-disc braking and, more controversially, Citroen’s quirky instrumentation, though this applied to lefthand-drive cars only, right-hand drive examples using the more conventional fascia of the Bora. The unitary-construction chassis, all-independent suspension and impeccable handling remained basically as the V8-engined Bora’s, though the Merak offered the convenience of ‘+2’ seating in the rear and superior all-round vision thanks to its distinctive rear ‘flying buttresses’.

Competition from Ferrari’s new Dino V8 prompted the introduction of a more powerful version - the Merak SS with 220bhp engine and revised interior - for 1975, ZF transmission being adopted shortly after. Widely recognised as one of the finest, if not the finest, of contemporary V6s, the Merak SS engine proved smooth, powerful and capable of delivering its urge over a surprisingly wide range for such a high performance engine. Like any true thoroughbred, the Merak possessed handling commensurate with its breathtaking acceleration and 150mph maximum speed. ‘Performance and handling are the raison d’etre of a mid-engined sportscar, and the Merak’s astounding cornering power is a match for its straight-line punch,’ observed Motor magazine.

Changes made to the SS suspension greatly improved ride comfort over that of the original Merak, while alterations to the instrumentation, switchgear, and interior, and the phasing out of the Citroen brakes in favour of a more conventional system addressed some of the criticisms levelled at the earlier version. The most successful Maserati of its day, the Merak ceased production in 1983 after 1,832 had been built, 626 of them the Merak SS.

Purchased new by the immediately preceding owner (the Swiss Maserati importer) and driven only by him, this Merak SS was delivered with an interior sumptuously trimmed to special order in leather, the material being applied to the transmission tunnel and door panels as well as the seats, and has covered just 10,787 kilometres from new. The car was bought by the vendor – only its 2nd owner from new – at Bonhams & Brooks’ auction of the Swiss Maserati Importer Collection at Les Grandes Marques à Monaco Sale in May 2001 (Lot 216) since when it has scarcely been driven. Given this limited use, a full mechanical check over is advised before returning it to the road.

Finished in Argento (silver), the car is equipped with electric windows and period radio/cassette, and comes complete with ‘space saver’ spare wheel. Not reregistered since acquisition in 2001, this exceptionally well-preserved ‘time warp’ Merak SS is offered with cancelled Swiss Permis de Circulation and is probably the finest example of its kind in existence.

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Lot 143

- 1959 FIAT-OSCA 1500 Coupé

Coachwork by Carrozzeria Viotti

Chassis No: 118S002073

Estimate: €28,000 - 36,000


OSCA’s outstanding success in international sports car racing led to its advanced twin-overhead-camshaft engine being taken up by FIAT, for whom it was ‘productionised’ by ex-Ferrari designer, Aurelio Lampredi. OSCA - Officine Specializzate per la Costruzione Automobili Fratelli Maserati - had been founded immediately after WW2 by the three surviving Maserati brothers, who had sold out to the Orsi Group in 1937. One of the reasons for the Maserati brothers’ departure was that they did not want to be involved in making road cars - they were racers pure and simple - and OSCA was set up to manufacture limited edition competition cars.

OSCAs performed magnificently in international sports car racing throughout the 1950s. In the 1954 Sebring 12-Hours, a round of the World Sports Car Championship, privately entered 1.5-litre OSCAs finished 1st, 4th and 5th against works teams in a category with no limit on engine capacity, an achievement as outstanding as it was unexpected. OSCAs took class wins in the Mille Miglia on ten occasions and also won the Index of Performance at Le Mans.

The first FIAT models to receive the OSCA-derived engine were the 1500 coupé and cabriolet, which were first introduced in 1959. Maximum power was reduced from 125bhp to 80bhp, but that still meant a top speed of 105mph and a 0-60mph time of 10.6 seconds. Dunlop disc brakes were standard from 1960. In 1962 FIAT introduced the milder, overhead-valve engined 1500 coupé/cabriolet but the authentic OSCA-powered original is the one to have.

The red FIAT-OSCA 1500 offered here wears fixed-head coupé coachwork by Carrozzeria Viotti. Founded in Turin in the early 1920s, Vittorino Viotti’s carrozzeria built bodies for (mainly) Alfa Romeo, Lancia and FIAT, mass-producing many special-bodied models for the latter. Famed designers such as Frua and Revelli worked for Viotti, producing many uniquely beautiful bespoke creations, and it is intriguing to speculate on who may have been responsible for this stylish FIAT-OSCA Coupé.

This actual car featured in Oldtimer Markt magazine’s November 1998 issue. Purchased by the current owner at Essen in 2007 and displayed at the Concours d’Elegance in Schloss Dyk in August of that same year, it is described as in wonderful condition throughout.

The car is offered with (copy) Oldtimer Markt article and German registration/roadworthiness papers.

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Lot 150

- 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS Spyder

The property of Count Hubertus Von Dönhoff

Coachwork by Carrozzeria Ghia

Chassis No: AM115/S49*1265*

Estimate: €290,000 - 340,000


For more than 30 years Count Dönhoff has campaigned his stable of historic Maserati cars – 150S, A6GCS, the ex-Prince Bira 250F Grand Prix monoposto - and for 25 years his famous 450S sports-racer - on the racetracks of Europe. After retiring from active racing the Count found this road-going Ghibli Spyder SS to be an ideal substitute for his 450S.

A strong contender for the ‘most handsome car of the 1960s’ title, Maserati’s sensational Ghibli debuted at the Turin Motor Show in November 1966. Styled at Carrozzeria Ghia by Giorgetto Giugiaro and named after a Sahara Desert wind, the Ghibli rivalled the Ferrari Daytona for straight-line performance - its top speed was close to 170mph (275km/h) - while beating it for price and - arguably - looks. More than 7 metres long and 2.8 metres wide, the Ghibli occupied an inordinate amount of space for a mere two-seater, but perhaps the most startling aspect of its appearance was the height, or rather the lack of it. Dry-sump lubrication enabled the engine to be mounted deep in the chassis, permitting a low bonnet line, while limited suspension travel ensured that the tyres did not foul the wheelarches. The roofline fell away from the top of the steeply raked windscreen to the chopped-off tail, Giugario thus achieving a cabin lower than that of almost all the Ghibli's contemporaries.

The Ghibli used a tubular steel chassis featuring independent suspension at the front, while at the rear there was a leaf-sprung, live rear axle with single locating arm. The power unit was Maserati’s venerable four-cam, 90-degree V8, an engine derived from that of the 450S sports-racer and first seen in road-going guise in the 5000GT. This was used in dry-sump, 4.7-litre form up to 1970 when it was superseded by the 4.9-litre ‘SS’ version. Power rose to 355bhp and performance was stunning, with 100mph (160km/h) attainable in under 16 seconds.

Even more sensational was the handsome Ghibli Spyder, launched in 1969 and the direct rival of the Ferrari Daytona Spyder. Giugiaro’s styling for an open-top Ghibli was arguably more successful than the original coupé and is regarded as a classic of sports car design.

Ghibli production ended in 1973 after 1,149 coupés and only 125 Spyders has been built. Of the latter, probably no more than 40 had the larger SS engine, and as most of these were destined for the USA it is safe to assume that only 20-or-so Spyders left the factory with both the larger engine and ZF five-speed manual gearbox, chassis number ‘1265’ – that is offered here - being one of these ultra-desirable rarities.

The car comes with various (copy) Maserati factory and Maserati Club build sheets indicating that it was despatched new to Grossman Motor Cars Corporation of Nyack, NY, USA on 1st September 1971 equipped with power steering and (Borrani) wire wheels. In January 2004 the Ghibli was acquired by its titled owner, who advises us that it is in good running condition. At time of acquisition the car had almost certainly covered fewer than 1,000 kilometres since its engine had been rebuilt by marque specialist Franco Tralli in Modena. Finished in black with beige leather interior, the car comes with comes with the aforementioned documentation and UK Swansea V5 document. A rare and well preserved example of Maserati’s answer to the Ferrari Daytona, offered in its ultimate specification.

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Lot 180

- 1982 Maserati Khamsin Coupé

Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone

Chassis No: AM120*504*

Sold for €90,000 plus Premium and tax


Maserati’s final major introduction while under Citroen control, the Khamsin (named after a hot Sahara Desert wind) debuted at the 1972 Turin Show and entered production in 1974. Styled and built at Bertone, the attractive, unitary-construction, 2+2, hatchback body was all steel, and the front-engined Khamsin featured all-independent, double-wishbone suspension similar to that of the mid-engined Bora and Merak. Its state-of-the-art suspension and a 50/50 front/rear weight distribution combined to endow the Khamsin with near-perfect balance, and if its grip level was ultimately inferior to the Bora’s, then the Khamsin’s conventional layout made it easier to control on the limit.

Citroen’s hydraulic technology (as found in the Maserati-engined Citroen SM) was employed to power the brakes and steering - the latter, in particular, being rated as highly effective by testers - and also to raise the concealed headlamps. The power unit was a longer-stroke, 4.9-litre version of Maserati's familiar quad-cam V8 developing 320bhp at a lowly 5,500rpm and a lusty 354lb/ft of torque at 4,000 revs. A five-speed ZF manual gearbox or three-speed Borg-Warner automatic transmission were options, and when equipped with the former the Khamsin was good for around 240km/h (150mph). Only 430 examples of this most exclusive and consummate Grand Routier had been made when production ceased in 1982.

Although seemingly less extravagant than the mid-engined Bora supercar, the Khamsin was Maserati's biggest-engined and most expensive offering at the time of its introduction, and thus could justifiably claim to be its top-of-the-range model. By virtue of its front-engined layout, the Khamsin offered greater practicality, providing a roomier and more comfortable interior and superior luggage carrying capacity.

Dating from the final year of production, this is the 3rd last Khamsin built and was delivered new in Geneva to His Highness Sheikh Hammad Al Thani, the car collecting member of the Quataar royal family. Shortly afterwards the car was purchased directly from its first owner by the immediately preceding owner, who kept it in climate controlled storage. The Khamsin was bought by the vendor – only its 3rd owner from new – at Bonhams & Brooks’ auction of the Swiss Maserati Importer Collection at Les Grandes Marques à Monaco Sale in May 2001 (Lot 219).

Finished in the Sheik’s favoured colour combination of black with cream leather interior, and boasting Campagnolo wheels shod with Pirelli P600 tyres, the car has covered only 95 kilometres since then and an amazing 1,299 kilometres in total from new. Presented in ‘time warp’ condition throughout, this surely is the finest ‘as delivered’ example of the model left in existence and as such almost certainly unique. Given its limited use, a full mechanical check over is advised before returning the Khamsin to the road. The car has not been reregistered since acquisition in 2001 and comes with Swiss import paperwork (Form 1320A).

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From Carrozzeria Campana in Italy

11:00am Friday 9th May 2008:

The presentation of a new book entitled “CAMPANA, Sessant’anni di Carrozzeria. 1947-2007” ("CAMPANA, 60 Years of Coachwork. 1947-2007"), by Nunzia Manicardi, took place at the Modena Chamber of Commerce. On the 60th anniversary of its birth, the book relates, with a wealth of documentary and photographs, the history of Carrozzeria Campana of Modena, a company that has worked closely with Maserati, Alfa Romeo, De Tomaso and other prestigious marques.

With a preface by Mauro Tedeschini, director of "Quattroruote", and an introduction by Fabrizio Ferrari, engineering stylist and lecturer of Automobile Engineering at the University of Modena, the book represents another important page in the motoring and social history of the city of Modena.

Present at the event, as well as the author were, Alberto Mantovani President of the Modena Chamber of Commerce, Onorio Campana and his sons Luigi and Franco, Fabrizio Ferrari and several personalities from Modena's automobile community.


"CAMPANA, 60 Years of Coachwork. 1947-2007" by Nunzia Manicardi
5th Marco Turci Memorial Meeting 2008

Organiser Davide Zaccarelli has just announced the programme of events for this year's 5th Marco Turci Memorial Meeting.

This year, the meeting will no longer be an event solely open to Maserati enthusiasts. The Marco Turci Memorial Meeting will now be open to classic models from most Italian marques, including; Alfa Romeo, Arbarth, Bizzarini, Cisitalia, De Tomaso, Ferrari, FIAT, Iso Rivolta, Isotta Fraschini, Lancia, Lamborghini, Maserati and OSCA, so it promises to be an even more exciting meet than previous years and includes a whole day at the Autodromo "Enzo e Dino Ferrari" race track at Imola.

Programme for the 5th Marco Turci Memorial Meeting 2008

 3rd October
09:00am  Assemble at the Piazza Castello in Ferrara
 Park and display cars, by make and model, in a specially sealed-off and guarded parking area
09:30am  Guided tour of the Este Castle (Castello Estense) and the Cathedral
13:00pm  Private lunch inside the Castle in the basement vaulted hall called the Embarcadero (Boat Slip'
 for the moat)
15:00pm  Departure from Ferrara for Dosso 
15:30pm  Private visit of the Centro Polifunzionale "Ferruccio Lamborghini" at Dosso
16:45pm  Departure from Dosso for Sant'Agata Bolognese
17:15pm  Arrival at the factory of Automobili Lamborghini and visit the Museo Lamborghini and the factory*
 *Factory visit to be confirmed
19:00pm  Departure from Automobili Lamborghini for Concordia S/S via normal roads
20:00pm  Arrival at Concordia S/S and check-in at the Hotel Concordia ****
21:00pm  Dinner in the restaurant of the Hotel Concordia

 4th October
07:30am  Departure from the Hotel Concordia for Autodromo "Enzo e Dino Ferrari" at Imola
08:45am  Arrival at the Autodromo "Enzo e Dino Ferrari" at Imola
09:00am  Start of uninterrupted free and timed laps in groups, divided by make and model, until 6:00pm
12:00pm  From 12:00 pm lunch in rotation at the 'Terrazza Box'
18:45pm  Departure from the Autodromo for Concordia S/S via the Autostrada
20:00pm  Arrive at the Hotel Concordia
21:00pm  Gala dinner at the Ristorante Villa Tagliata di Mirandola

 5th October
08:30am  Departure from the Hotel Concordia for Carpi
08:50am  Arrival at the Piazza Martini in Carpi for a brief stop
09:15am  Departure from Carpi for Mantova via the Autostrada
09:45am  Arrival at Mantova in Piazza Sordello and guided tour of the Museo "Tazio Nuvolari"
11:00am  Departure from Mantova for Mirandola via normal roads
11:20am  Arrival at San Benedetto Po in the Piazza dell'Abbazia Benedettina di Polirone for a brief stop
11:40am  Departure for Mirandola
12:00pm  Arrival at Mirandola in Piazza Costituente
 Park and display cars, by make and model, in a speciallly sealed-off and guarded parking area
 PLEASE NOTE: From 9:00am there will be stands displaying classic road and race cars
 originating from Italian Automobile Museums, prestigeous Private Collections, the Commercial
 Sector and the our event sponsors
13:00pm  Transfer by luxury coach for lunch at the restaurant Antica Molinari 1902 di Mirandola
17:00pm  End of the meeting a march through the streets of the historic centre of Mirandola
 by the Fanfara dei Bersaglieri "G. Ghinzelli" di Viadana (MN)
18:00pm  Teatro Nuovo Concerto conclusivo della Manifestazione del Corpo Bandisitico "Città di Mantova"


Full details including prices, booking forms and regulations will be published in Italian, English, German and French on the Marco Turci Memorial web site at from the 31st May 2008. Applications will commence from the 1st June 2008.

From Roger in the UK


The sun finally made an appearance at Brooklands’ Auto Italia day on Saturday 3rd May. So much so that it drew out one of the best attendances of Maseratis in recent years. I counted 25 in total, if I’m allowed to include two cars on a trade stand, and a motorcycle! I suspect that I missed some; our allocated parking space was soon filled up and later arrivals had to park “behind the bike sheds”.

Cars included two 3500 GTs, a Mexico, a Mistral Sypder, a Merak SS, a Kyalami, two Biturbo Spyders, a 222 SR, two Ghibli Cups, seven 3200 GTs, a 3200 GT Assetto Corsa, two Coupés, a Spyder, a new Quattroporte and a GranTurismo. Unfortunately I was unable to identify which model the motorcycle was. Can anyone help?

The Kyalami and the Mistral Spyder had been chosen to appear in the rarified atmosphere in front of the clubhouse; the rest of us were “the wrong side of the railings”!

Later on I took my anorak off and stopped collecting car numbers so that I could see the rest of the show. There is always plenty of interest at these events and this year the overall content and quality and rarity quotient was as good as ever. Two rare birds which drew my eye were a Monteverdi High Speed 375L Fissore and a Lamborghini 400GT 2+2.

Two brave souls stormed up the test hill in their Maseratis in the afternoon – a 3200 GT and a Coupé, seemingly with effortless ease, and they looked to have at least some rubber left on their tyres afterwards!

An excellent day out, and thanks are due to the Brooklands and Auto Italia teams for putting it all together.

Best regards,

Roger the Phantom Cropper."


General view of the Maseratis present


Maserati 3500 GT

Maserati 3500 GT

Maserati Biturbo Spyder

Maserati Biturbo Spyder

Maserati Ghibli Cup

Maserati Ghibli Cup

Maserati Mexico

Maserati Mistral Spyder

Maserati Merak SS

Maserati Kyalami

Maserati 222 SR

Maserati 3200 GT Assetto Corsa

Maserati 3200 GT

Maserati 3200 GT

Maserati 3200 GT

Maserati 3200 GT

Maserati 3200 GT

Maserati 3200 GT

Maserati Coupé

Maserati Coupé

Maserati Spyder

Maserati L/125/T2 Turismo Lusso motorcycle

Maserati Coupé on the hill

Maserati Coupé on the hill

Maserati 3200 GT on the hill

Maserati 3200 GT

Lamborghini 400GT

Monteverdi 375L Fissore

A large crowd watched a Maserati 3200 GT take to the hill



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