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Trident on the bonnet of
the Maserati Tipo V4
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The 1000 Miglia goes to New York

After visiting Vienna, Geneva, London, Munich and Moscow, the 1000 Miglia car race will be showcased in New York City on Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 p.m. at the elegant Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, to be followed by an all-Italian gala dinner.

The organizing committee, Chairman Alessandro Casali and General Secretary Sandro Binelli, will introduce to the selected audience the rich history of 1000 Miglia, considered one of the greatest motoring events in the world. The race began in Italy in 1927 and continues 81 years later as the Mille Miglia Car Rally. Suspended by the Italian Government in 1957 after a serious accident, the 1000 Miglia re-opened twenty years later as a historic competition with new rules and a speed limit of 50 km (35 miles) per hour.

This glamorous race started the careers of legends like Tazio Nuvolari, Alberto Ascari, Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss - who set the world record in 1955 - George Stewart and Arlan Schwartz. In 1977 it was revived again as the 1000 Miglia Storica - historic 1,000 mile parade - reserved for cars from the golden age of racing (1927 -1957), including beautiful vehicles such as Maserati, Bugatti, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar and pre-war Mercedes and Porsches. Casali and Binelli's goals are to rejuvenate, with enthusiasm and energy, the race's historic characteristics and to highlight the beautiful route it takes: the city of Brescia, its starting point, Verona, Ferrara, Ravenna, Urbino, Assisi, Rome and then Siena, Florence and Bologna.

New York is an important stop for the 1000 Miglia Road Show because the United States, like Italy, has a long history of motor sports, great drivers and a passion for cars, in particular for historic cars. Throughout the evening guests will experience the Italian lifestyle and culture beginning with an audio-visual presentation of the most exciting moments of the past and present 1000 Miglia. A perspective of its future will be enjoyed amidst cocktails, followed by a concert of Italian arias performed by Italy's prestigious Arena di Verona Singers. After the show, guests will be treated to a complimentary sumptuous gala dinner featuring all-Italian delicacies. Invitees for the soiree include some of the most prestigious businesspersons and interesting figures in the field of classic cars.


A breathtaking Maserati A6GCS on display at the New York presentation of 1000 Miglia, courtesy of collector Lawrence Auriana
From Marcello in Italy

"Ciao Enrico,

A few photos of A6G/54 2000 Spyder #2180, with coachwork by Pietro Frua, recently restored by our workshop.

I have also attached a photo of #2431, one of two cars built and delivered as 250S, and two photos of the new Maserati A8GCS Berlinetta concept by Carrozzeria Touring.

By the way, the A6G/54 2000 Spyder by Frua was the winner in: Class D - “RIVIERA CRUISING – Post-War European Cabriolets”.




Giuseppe Candini standing alongside his latest restoration work in the grounds of the Villa D'Este



Lending a helping hand! Giuseppe Candini changes the spark plugs on the 250S

A beautiful concept prototype ...

... the Maserati A8GCS Berlinetta by Carrozzeria Touring
From Andy in Japan

"Hi Enrico,

Hope you are well - please find attached photos of more Maserati's seen here in Tokyo.

The Maserati MC12 is currently for sale if anyone is interested...

Best wishes,



Pininfarina's beautifully crafted Maserati MC12. Anyone interested?

The Maserati GranTurismo! Una bellezza in bianco!

Quattroporte IV 'Evoluzione'

3200 GT

Quattroporte Executive GT

Quattroporte IV

Quattroporte IV


Coupe MY'05

GranSport Coupe



From Coys of London

A unique Maserati, a road-legal Maserati MC12 Corsa - the only road legal MC12 Competition car in the world, will be up for auction at Coys sale of important classic cars, "Légende et Passion" to be held at the Espace Fontvieille, 5 avenue des Ligures, Monaco on Saturday 10th May 2008 at 2.30pm. With a nod, a wink, a raise of the hand, a bit of luck and a lot of money, one lucky Maserati collector/enthusiast could become the owner of this unique Maserati MC12 Corsa.

Lot 252: A 2006 Maserati MC12 Corsa

Registration no:
Chassis no: ZAMDF44B000029438
Estimate: Refer Department

Designed as a race car although driven by private owners, the Maserati MC12 Corsa is a derivative of the MC12 GT1, the legendary race car which won the FIA GT Manufacturers' Championship in 2005. The MC12 Corsa was developed in mid-2006 "in response to the customer demand to own the MC12 racing car and fuelled by the growth in track days, where owners can drive their cars at high speeds in the safety of a race track", as stated by Edward Butler, General Manager for Maserati in Australia and New Zealand. Maserati is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the cars, and they are only driven on specially organised "track days" because they are not generally homologated for street use or any other competitions.

Total production of the Maserati MC12 Versione Corse is limited and amounts to only 12 cars worldwide. Maserati delivers each of these cars without street homologation. However, there is one Corsa which has been modified to make it road legal, and that car is the very same one we are proud to offer for sale here today.

The Maserati MC12 Versione Corse presented here is the first of the series of 12 (serial number #01). In an unprecedented second step, the appropriate changes were carried out to homologate the vehicle, and the car now has a German street homologation.

With a 6-litre V12 engine delivering 755 HP at 8,000 RPM and a carbon fibre monocoque chassis giving the car a total weight of just 1,150 kg, it has a maximum speed of 330 kph and acceleration of 0-200 kph in just 6.4 seconds.

The homologation was an extensive process which involved numerous modifications being made to the car's original specification, including the fitting of a ventilator system for cooling, a catalytic converter and silencer, an electronically controlled exhaust valve system, a fuel evaporation system with carbon filter, and a data log system. In addition, the fuel system has been adapted for use with petrol pumps.

On the bodywork side, the fender has been adapted to cater for 19" tyres, and the car has been fitted with indicator lights and a license plate. The chassis has also been raised to increase the ground clearance of the car, the compression rods, dampers and springs have all been changed, and an air jack has been fitted. Interior modifications include the seats, door and roof being upholstered in Alcantara, plus the addition of a handbrake, hazard warning lights, storage compartments, an interior lamp, a trip meter, a ventilation system and central locking.

This is the only street-legal version of this incredibly rare and exclusive vehicle (usually available only to Maserati's most valued customers) available anywhere in the world, and as such must represent the ultimate thrill for anyone who appreciates the raw power and stunning styling of Maserati's most advanced supercar. An utterly unique and dazzlingly powerful machine, this car is sure to put a grin on the face of anyone lucky enough to get behind the wheel!

Truly unique: something money cannot buy. Its appearance: unbelievable. Its performance: unrivalled. The opportunity to drive it on the street: priceless!


The sensationally fast Maserati MC12 Corsa!


Lot 34 - Maserati 150S Barchetta Fuel and Oil Tanks

Estimate: €2,000-3,000

These original fuel and oil tanks were originally fitted to the Maserati 150 S Barchetta built in April 1956 which was sold on 2nd May that same year to Mr. Guy Michel of Paris c/o Garage Mirabeau (Ets. Thepenier), Maserati's Parisian concessionaire. The car was entered for the Mille Miglia later that month, in which it placed 127th and participated in the epic last Mille Miglia the following year when it retired after the bodywork was damaged in an accident.


Text and photos courtesy of Coys

From Igor in Croatia

"Dear Mr. Enrico,

I have been offered a Ghibli to buy. The car looks neat with the new paint, upholstery and everything else that was either changed or refurbished. However, the engine is out; it siezed a few thousand kilometres after the car had been completed. Everything else (gearbox, differential, axles, suspension, brakes, etc.) are supposed to be as good as new, since the car hasn't been used very much since 2004.

I don't have any experience with Maseratis, apart from drooling over a single Shamal in Croatia back in 1993, and I would like to ask you for some general opinion about this particular Maserati Ghibli that I have been offered. I would appreciate any advise you can give me.

I am attaching few photos of my current petrol eater next to this Shamal that I mentioned (believe it or not, this car was given away as a lottery prize in 1993 by our national lottery and won by an over 50 year old woman. You can imagine how much I tried to convince her that she needed a very young lover and luckily I was available. No success. I didn't see the car from 1994 till last year and it is in very bad shape now.

Best regards,



Igor's BMW 850i and that Shamal!



From Motor Trend

Carrozzeria Touring teases Maserati-based Bellagio Fastback
by Nate Martinez

Last week Motor Trend revealed a teaser image of the new model coming from the legendary Carrozzeria Touring design house based in Milan, Italy, and speculated it was a redesigned, front-engined, two-seater -- most likely based on Ferrari's 599 GTB.

Prior to their headlining this year's Concorso Villa d'Este in Italy, the design house proved our speculations wrong with the introduction of their Bellagio Fastback concept, set to adorn the lawns of Lake Como this weekend. You might be able to forgive us, though, as a glance at the teaser shot and the actual Bellagio feature quite different outlines. Although still in conceptual form, the Maserati Quattroporte based wagon will feature a largely reworked rear end, allowing rear entry access for additional storage purposes. A new wheel design and color scheme have been altered by Touring as well.

Touring's Bellagio Fastback design concept is one of two models planned to be displayed at this year's prestigious Villa d'Este concours. Recently, the auto design house has been said to be consistently developing new models in hopes to rekindle its business as one of the best design firms in the industry. Unfortunately, with current market and economic trends as they are, many of Italy's best design houses such as Bertone and Pininfarina have suffered the same lackluster interest as Touring has.

Established in 1926, Touring has worked with major manufacturer such as BMW, Alfa Romeo, Aston Marin and Ferrari in creating some of the world's most sought-after classic automobiles.

This year's Concorso Villa d'Esta will be held April 25-26 on the beautiful shores of Lake Como, Italy. With no pricing officially announced, we speculate this bespoke hatchback falls into the "if you must ask, it's not for you" category.


The Bellagio Fastback by Carrozzeria Touring

Text and photos courtesy of Motor Trend

From Maserati in The UK


Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey and his stunning wife Jill sent the paparazzi into a frenzy last night, as they arrived in a burgundy Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT to the VIP screening of his latest movie, Made of Honour.

A car enthusiast and a successful racing driver, Patrick Dempsey was greeted, as he climbed out of the Maserati Quattroporte at London’s über-cool Soho Hotel, by a host of celebrities including shoe designer Jimmy Choo, rugby player James Haskell and actor Mohammed George.

Sony Pictures' Made of Honour, starring Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan and directed by Paul Weiland, opens across the UK on Friday, May 2nd.


Patrick Dempsey and wife Jill arrive at the premiere in a Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT.

Patrick Dempsey, star of 'Made of Honour' with the Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT.

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati

From Maserati in Italy


China is a market of growing importance for Maserati, the seventh in the world and the second in Asia.

In 2007, deliveries to Chinese clients amounted to 210 units, almost twice the units delivered in the previous year and three times those delivered in 2005.

In the first three months of this year, 82 Maseratis have been already delivered to Chinese customers, doubling the sales volume in relation to the same period of 2007.

Maserati is distributed in China by a network of 11 points of sale.

Roberto Ronchi, CEO of Maserati S.p.A., was present in Beijing for the Asian debut of the GranTurismo S.

View the 2008 Maserati merchandise collection at your Official Maserati Dealer or visit


Asian beauty mixed with Italian styling ...

... a perfect match by Maserati!

Maserati's potent V8 power unit!

Just as well that the Quattroporte Sport GT is a five-seater!

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati

From Enrico in the UK


Anyone who owns or has owned a Biturbo will sooner or later have come across a problem with their electrics. This can be due to a number of problems; poor contacts, poor earth contacts and a faulty fusebox. Damage to the fusebox is normally caused by overheating, causing the plastic around the fuses to melt.

Incidentaly, one of the simplest ways to protect your fusebox is by using your heated rear window as little as possible. Leaving the heated rear window switched on for too long can often result in this overheating.

A replacement fusebox can be quite expensive (around GB £300 here in the UK), but help is at hand!

Ron Carlson in the USA now provides a competent fusebox repair service for the Maserati Biturbos; Coupe, Spyder, 425, 430, 228 E, Spyder i.

There is a fixed price service for repair, refurbishment, cleaning, testing for your Maserati Biturbo Fusebox, also known as the Junction Box or Interconnection Box.

Almost every electrical function goes through the fusebox or is controlled by it - 149 interconnects. The fusebox is a source of many intermittent, odd and difficult to diagnose problems and expensive repairs.

Won't start - won't turnover - starts and dies - ignition intermittent - won't charge - windows work intermittently - instrument lights dim and/or intermittent - engine runs poorly as if sensors are bad or engine not tuned - headlights or running lights don't work or work intermittently - no A/C but system is good - HVAC fans not working or intermittent - flickering lights - electrical system completely dead - heater/fan settings turn on other items - car only starts after kicking the passenger side footwell or slamming the glovebox - and other annoying peculiarities. Or that project car you just bought off eBay or Craig's List.

Here's how to rid your Biturbo of these quirks.

A "new old stock" fusebox will cost several hundred dollars (about US $400), used ones are usually in need of repair and are expensive as well. Refurbished units are available on eBay (all the ones listed so far have been refurbed by this seller).

In 18 months of refurbishing, over 100 fuseboxes, not one fusebox received was in good working order including "new old stock" units sent in for a check-up from USA, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Australia and Italy. Nor were the fuseboxes in any of my Biturbos. This is rather alarming, but at least there is a solution - this is it.

This item is for the repair of a fusebox from any Biturbo from 1982 to 1990.

Models include 2500, Coupe, 2.0L, 2.5L, 2.8L, Spyder, Spyder i, 425, 425i, 420, 220, 222, 428, 430, 228 E, 2.24v, 4.24v, Zagato, export variants, etc., fuel injected or carburettor engine models, 3-valve or 4-valve, North America, European, Australian, Switzerland, Netherlands/Belgium, UK, Sweden variants, etc.

You get: detailed assessment of the fusebox, pins, hardware, any missing parts,identification and location of faults, every circuit path is tested and itemized in a repair report. housing pieces are cleaned, all parts degreased, with each circuit restored to proper operation, all solder joints and layers cleaned, each circuit path is tested again and report updated with final circuit measurements.

Up to 5 fusebar fuses replaced, included as part of the service.

Almost every fusebox is repairable given enough effort. Some are quite hard to completely restore, But we put in that effort!

Testing to find and identify the fault types:

Separated solder joints, corroded solder joints, cracks, separated solder joints, cracked copper circuits, vapourised/burnt copper circuits too.

Traces, poor prior repair attempts, flood damage, fires, acid damage, outdoor storage, outdoor weathering, or years in storage.

Circuit function:

Working OK, some interference in the circuit, intermittent circuit, circuits about to fail, failed circuits, shorted circuits, failed printed conductors, burnt areas. Click on the image below for a lineup of failed joints. Of the 14 shown only 1 is good, can you find it? It's really hard to tell all of them even from a magnified image, but you'll know when those quirky problems act up.


The fusebox - fitted to most Biturbos

Relays, if left installed or shipped with the fusebox, are tested and external and internal condition is reported prior to return relay types are checked to catch wrong types, wrong manufacturers, these can be replaced at an additional parts only cost.

We now test extra relays included with your shipment at no charge, be sure to mark them and keep a location map to put them back. Limit of 25 extra relays which should cover the entire car.

The diode pack is opened, inspected and tested. All diodes are replaced with if there is any degradation / overheating evident. Roughly 1/3 of the diode packs have one bad diode, about 10% have two bad diodes.

The fusebar is completely disassembled, cleaned (these fluff up with oxide corrosion in about 2/3 of the units). Every clip is inspected and re-tensioned, any marginal or bad fuse clips are replaced. After the fuses are installed each circuit is checked with a micro-ohm meter to verify that the circuit is down at the right value of resistance. They are almost always wrong when received. This test proves to me that each circuit is going to work right and not cause flakey intermittent faults in the car.

We use the proper cleaning chemicals, soldering chemicals, temperature controlled soldering tools, soldering microscopes, and compatible solders to the somewhat difficult metals used in these fuseboxes.

You get a repaired fusebox, and the test report for you records. Repairs done by an electrical engineer who is a fellow Biturbo owner and creator of The Biturbo Compendium. If not repairable ( such as burned too badly or otherwise terminally damaged ), then the fixed price is refunded. Buyer will be contacted prior to any returns. I have had one, just one, that was ruined by an attempted repair that really went wrong. But the worst appearing fusebox was the one which had been sabre-sawed to gain access to one of the relays with wires hanging out of it, one can only imagine the mood of that owner - now completely restored.

You will need to provide the specific chassis model of the car or just a VIN number will do, and a current email address for contact/reporting.

Turnaround is about 3-10 business days plus any time for parts or email replies from buyer. Depends on how much work is needed.

All enquiries to


The problematic fusebox - fitted to most Biturbos



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