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

BR 01 Tourbillon
You can click on some pictures for a better view!!

From Newspress in the UK



The purchase of the business, which will trade under the new title of Graypaul Birmingham, was completed at the end of February 2009.

This purchase expands the Sytner Group involvement with Ferrari and Maserati to four locations in the UK – Nottingham, Egham, Edinburgh and now Birmingham – a testament to the strength and prestige of the Ferrari and Maserati brands and their long term partnership with the Sytner Group, choosing to extend their relationship with the two Italian brands by adding another Ferrari and Maserati dealership to their existing businesses.

Sytner Group Franchise Director Mario Vignali will be based at the Birmingham dealership to dedicate his several years’ experience in the business to this new venture.

Graypaul Birmingham will continue to operate from its current facilities in Bromsgrove which offer both Sales and Aftersales functions, before relocating to a purpose built 30-car showroom in Solihull during the first quarter of 2010.

From a friend in Italy

A friend of mine in Italy recently sent me this caricature by talented artist Matitaccia.

It represents the JMB Racing Maserati MC12 driven by Andrea Bertolini. There is a clever play on words in that Lievito Bertolini, no relation to the racing driver, is a well-known brand of baking powder.

The caption reads; "SIAMO IN GRANDE CRESCITA !!!", "WE'RE ON THE WAY UP !!!"


Maserati MC12 by Matitaccia 2004
From Ashley in the UK

"Hi Enrico,

Having admired the Biturbo for many years, I decided to take the plunge with this car, a 1990 registered 222E 2.8 manual.

It came with virtually no history but it is very solid, not showing any real corrosion in the usual places. It seems to have been dry stored for a while, the mileage showing 57,000 and the interior is in nice condition, so no reason to doubt it.

It needs a really good service and belt change which I will do in the next month or so but it also needs a new exhaust. I would like to fit a stainless steel one but it must be 'off the shelf' as the car cannot be driven at present - any help in finding a good supplier would be appreciated!

I would also be interested if anyone knows the history of this car. The last owner was David S********, who owned it from May 2007 and stored it in London SW19, until I bought it and he put only a few hundred miles on the car (I suspect due to the work needed).

Prior to that, it was owned by Edward C**** of London, SW3, from March 2000 to May 2007. It has had 5 former keepers and was originally registered G66 RKR, before being changed to G185 ATP in February 1995.

Your pages have proved both useful and inspirational and a key factor in my decision to give this car a go. Many thanks for your dedication.




Ashley's 1990 2.8-litre Maserati 222 E



From Dominik in Austria

"Hi Enrico,

This a real great site. Thank you very much for collecting so much information.

I recently bought a Sebring Series 2, and it's still "under construction".

I got the information that it was originally painted in 'Grigio Newmarket' - Glidden Salchi 106 E.3 - Max Meyer 16.817 - Italver LAN 8073M. Which could, according to the colour list you provide, be true.

Can somebody please provide me with a picture of an original color sample, or give me some information how to get a according sample of the color?

I send you a picture of the car as it is right now.

Thanks and regards,



Dominik's Sebring

"Dominik and I would be most grateful if someone could send us a high definition photograph of a Maserati in 'Grigio Newmarket'.

Thank you,




Regarding Dominik in Austria and his Sebring (page 168), I have a Mexico in this colour and I am also from Austria.

You can send Dominik my email address and he can contact me.

Enrico F."

From Pol in Belgium

"Dear Enrico,

Finally I could decide and buy a Maserati 3200 GT 'assetto corsa' at Maserati Bayreuth - Germany.

Fantastic car! Hard, but It goes incredibly good and fast. To be careful. Thanks for your advice and Adam's.




The Maserati 3200 GT 'assetto corsa' ...

... in the Maserati Bayruth showroom in Germany

Looking for a new home, and a gentleman owner!

"Please pick me!! I'm a future classic!"

"Look at me, aren't I good enough to eat?"

"At last, here's a chap with excellent taste!"

No wonder Pol looks happy, he now drives a Maserati!

... I've found a new home!!
From Neil in New Zealand

"Hi Henry, Back from our 10 days up the Coromandel Peninsual. A great time, fantastic beaches, scenery and plenty to see and do. Have attached a photo of Tanya and the Spyder in the Karangahake Gorge by Waihi, and the gorge river. The Spyder threw a few electrical curve balls. Fog lights stayed on when turned off, Speedo is erratic and rev counter comes on after a while. I figure a bad earth somewhere, what your thoughts? Apart from that a really fun drive. We are into Autumn now so you are both heading towards Summer... Time to dust of your Ghibli and enjoy the fanastic British roads....and country side. Enjoy. All the best, Cheers Neil."


Tanya and the Biturbo Spyder in the Karangahake Gorge by Waihi

The Ohinemuri River in the Karangahake Gorge
From Enrico in the UK

"Ciao Maseratisti,

Please forgive me, but it's time for me to get on my soap box! (And with my weight I hope it's a strong one!)

Recently I have received several emails from owners and enthusiasts wishing to improve the performance of their Maserati Biturbo engined cars by all manner of methods; the installation of larger roller-bearing turbochargers, replacing the 3-valve heads with 4-valve heads, porting and polishing the cylinder heads, fitting after-market pop-off/dump valves, after-market air filters, installing larger intercoolers, re-mapping the Eproms in the engine management control unit, increasing turbo boost, improved after-market exhaust system, and all manner of complex modifications. And, in some cases, the modifications made Include: "All or most those mentioned!"

To be perfectly honest, I'm not that technically minded, so the manner in which these modifications actually improve the performance of an engine is beyond me. I often hear of the benefits made by most of these modifications, but I never hear mention of the final cost, something that has always puzzled me. Maybe it's better that I don't know?

If the Maserati owner is a competent mechanic and electronics wizard (in other words, he knows exactly what he is doing!), he stands a good chance of success. If not, he will need very deep pockets! This kind of work is best left to the experts, and experts don't come cheap!

One thing I do understand. If I were a supplier of spare parts, which I am not, the prospect of an enthusiast needing parts to modify his Biturbo engine would bring music to my ears! He'd be a very good customer for a considerable period of time. My main motivation for setting up this site was, and still is, for the enjoyment of Maseratisti, and help in keeping their standard Maseratis on the road.

At the end of the day, surely that is all we want!

I confess, when it comes to Maseratis, I'm a purist. Leave the car just as it was designed to be, i.e. well within the tolerences set by the factory. I see little point in overboosting a "Biturbo" that can often give trouble in its standard form. The Maserati has ALWAYS been a car primarily designed to transport its driver and passenger/passengers from A to B in safety and comfort. Road-going Maseratis were never designed to get from A to B in the fastest possible time. Maserati drivers aren't like that, F****** drivers might be, but not us!

On the track things are different, and Maserati's colourful race history bears witness to this. For enthusiasts wishing to modify their Maseratis for the track is fine. But the standard Maserati road car, with the exception of one or two models, was never designed for use primarily on the track.

I remember sitting next to an elderly Maserati garage owner at the Fiorano circuit last year. As the drivers left the track, following their free laps, smelling the burning clutch plate, brake pads and overworked engine, he said; "Maserati mechanics love that smell, it means business is on its way!"

My 2-litre Ghibli, for example, boasted some 306 bhp at its launch. I've no idea if it produces that power, and frankly I don't care. It's a great for journeying to the continent on holidays and, so far it has proved to be quite reliable. I've owned it now for over ten years and it has let me down on only one occasion, due to a faulty alternator.

I bought my used 1995 Ghibli MY94 in Italy in May 1998 with 25,000 Km on the clock, and a full Maserati service history.

I wanted to be sure that my engine was in tip-top condition, so before leaving Italy for the UK, I commissioned Giuseppe Candini of Modena to carry out the following major service including; cylinder heads overhaul, new head gasket kit, new timing belt and chains, new spark plugs, engine oil and oil filter change, air filter change, brake fluid change, gearbox oil change, rear differential oil change, change coolant liquid with antifreeze, re-charge air conditioning system. Clutch, brake discs and pads were fine!

I also purchased new headlights for driving on the left in the UK, and fitted a new speedometer (miles per hour). Those old left-hand drive headlights still come in handy when I take my Ghibli on the continent.

My aim was to create a starting point for a proper maintenance history.

Since that first major service, apart from the routine services recommended by the factory at the appropriate intervals, and by the way, I have the engine oil and filter changed every year, no matter what the mileage. During those ten years I have had to replace the following parts.

No 1 rear Maserati/Koni adjustable shock absorber.

No 1 handbrake lever.

No 1 reconditioned alternator.

No 1 crankshaft toothed pulley.

I've owned it now for over ten years, and apart from regular maintenance and servicing at the correct intervals, that's the only work I've had carried out on the car.

I have never made any modifications to my engine, nor do I ever want to. I'll be honest here, if I had wanted 370 bhp from my Maserati, I'd buy a used 3200 GT.

If I wanted more, I'd wait until the prices for a used GranTurismo S fall within my price range. But more power doesn't interest me, I just want to keep my Ghibli on the road. I bought it because I liked it for what it was, and still do! I suspect most Maserati owners feel the same! If I'm wrong, let me know !

I never drive my Ghibli very fast on the public roads, it's just not worth the aggravation these days, what with speed cameras, over zealous police officers, and the likes! Overtaking with a left-hand drive car on English roads, where we drive on the left, is difficult, especially when you're stuck behind a truck. Over a period of time, one gets used to travelling behind slower moving vehicles most of the time, who cares? And, it most definitely encourages slower, and often safer, driving.

And actually, I'm more interested in persuading Maserati to start re-supplying replacement headlights for the 93-98 Ghiblis! And I wouldn't complain if they only supplied them in BLACK!

From Johann Stegny in Austria

An exciting new 1:43 scale model of the Maserati MC12 from BBR Models. The car entered by JMB Racing that was driven by Andrea Bertolini, Karl Wendlinger and Philippe Peter in the 24 hrs of Spa 2005.





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