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BR 01 Tourbillon
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From Newspress in the UK



Maserati launches today the limited edition Momaboma eco-bag, dedicated to all car-mad fashionistas.

The Momaboma eco-bag celebrates the history of Maserati, one of the world’s most prestigious car brands. Like Maserati cars, these bags are entirely hand-made in Italy. They are made of old brochures recovered from the Maserati archives. One by one, the most beautiful pages of Maserati’s 95-year history come back to a new life, in a different shape: a testament to the passion and creativity behind Maserati and Momaboma products.

Produced in a limited edition of 150 pieces, the Momaboma eco-bag goes on sale today with a retail price of £130. It can be ordered exclusively at Maserati dealerships or by calling/emailing Maserati GB direct on +44 (0)1753 878 753 –

INDEPENDENT model Alexina Graham with the Momaboma eco-bag during London Fashion Week A/W 09.

The stylish limited-edition Momaboma eco-bag

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati

From Newspress in the UK



Modena, February 23rd, 2009 – True to Maserati’s commitment to introduce a new model at each international car show, the GranTurismo S Automatic will première at the next Geneva Auto Show. The new Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic features a 4.7 V8 which develops 440hp (323kW) at 7000rpm. The maximum torque is 490Nm at 4,750rpm.

The major novelty is the combination of the automatic transmission with the most powerful wet sump Maserati V8 on the GranTurismo – until now offered as 4.2 l with automatic transmission and 4.7 l with an electro-actuated gearbox. Thanks to the combination of the 323kW produced by the powerful 4.7l V8 engine and the smoothness of the ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox, the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic remains consistent with the original granturismo concept while at the same time offering peak performance.

The gearshift strategy applied to the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic inherits some widely appreciated elements of the Quattroporte Sport GT S, such as the elimination of the kick-down in Manual mode.

The Skyhook suspension system featuring continuously adjustable dampers provides great driving comfort. Passive safety is further enhanced thanks to the introduction on the GranTurismo range of a new generation passenger air-bag with Low Risk Deployment functionality.

Consistent with the unmistakable design of all Maseratis, the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic features some marked stylistic differences which make it immediately recognisable: the new under-door mini-skirts featuring a prominent shape, which enhances the dynamism of its profile and the new 20” wheel rims with “Trident” design, which recall the strength and elegance of the car.

A further enriched equipment increases the on board pleasure for the driver and the three passengers, thanks to the Bluetooth® Wireless Technology, offered as standard, and the iPod® interface, available upon request, which complete the Maserati Multi Media System.


The Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic


The interior of the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati

From New Zealand

An early rare Maserati spotted in a garage in Auckland, New Zealand.


A rare find in New Zealand!!
From Johann Stegny in Austria

An exciting new 1:43 scale model of the Maserati GranTurismo MC Concept; available in red, white and blue from BBR Models. And, from ABC come 1:43 scale models of the Maserati 5000GT by Michelotti and Pininfarina.


From Ivan in Italy


in allegato un paio di foto della Biturbo 420 con un pò di polvere, perchè sta ferma già da molti anni.





As promised a couple of photos of the Biturbo 420 along with a bit of dust, because it's been standing around for many years.




Ivan's Maserati 420



From Preecha in Thailand

"Hello Enrico,

For my third Maserati, a 430 3v 2800, the original came from the factory come without ABS system, I modify and installed ABS and EBD because I drive quite fast and need more safety.

Have a nice day.



Preecha's Maserati 430 'New Look'











From Ivan in Italy


avrei bisogno di un aiuto di assemblare il motore e le tubazioni esterne di una Maserati Biturbo 420 del 83, Carburatore D34.

il manuale lho già scaricato, ma non era da grandissimo aiuto. Ci sono ancora dei problemi con lattacco di qalche tubazione. Non sai se ci sono dei manuali piu dettagliati?

in allegato ci sono delle foto. Il tubo chiuso con il bullone, sai dove si attacca?

Mi potete aiutare in qualche modo?





I need help in assembling the engine and external hoses of a 1983 Biturbo 420, carburettor D34.

I have already downloaded the workshop manual, but it wasn't a great help. There are still a few problems with the attachment of a few hoses. Are there any more detailed manuals ?

I have attached a couple of photos. The hose that is blanked-off with a nut, do you know what it is attached to?

Can you help me in any way?




The plethora of leads and hoses on the early Biturbo 420

Great design for the plenum chamber though!!!

"Hi Ivan,

The hose blank-off with a bolt is not attached to anything. The bolt should be removed and the hose left free to discharge into the atmosphere (as shown in the attached image).




The fuel pump vapour recovery system on the early Biturbo 420
From Michael in the USA


My 1989 Maserati 228i has only 56,000 miles on it. I seem to be having a charging problem. I have checked the belt and the connections, they seem to be okay. My question is: on my alternator there is a wire on the top that has a connector on it. It is disconnected. Near it, within range of plugging in, is another connector. I have connected them together and drove around the block and still saw no difference in the charging level.

Is this a test wire or does this need to be plugged together? Also at a few points I notice my voltage is exceeding the 14 volt level on my dash gauge. is this normal or am I having a voltage regulator problem?

ENRICO'S REPLY: "Personally, I would remove the alternator and have it overhauled by your local autoelectrics expert; new bushes, new rectifier and new regulator. If you could send me a photo of these wires, I might be able to help you. It's dificult to comment without seeing what wires they are. I don't want to make a mistake."

I will try to take a photo of the wires today.

The NACA vents came with the car. I am told they are from a Ghibli. Kinda makes the term original obsolete with them, oh well!

I appreciate the suggestion regarding the alternator rebuild. I was hoping you could tell me what those wires represent. As far as pictures go I don't have any available yet.... although I do have a these two that are on the net.

The car is a joy to drive and here in Santa Barbara it is a oddity. I like the one of a kind feeling when driving around in a town full of BMWs and Mercedes everywhere. And, needless to say it flies.

It seems that when people figure out what the Trident on the grille represents, they tend not to want to play with me. Many times when next to the new luxury models, they let me go past them.

Not that I like to show off or race but, it would be nice to have an opportunity to flex my ..........muscle?

Talk to you soon with the photos.

Thanks Micheal."


Michael's Maserati 228i - an oddity in Santa Barbera!

With only 469 built, it's an oddity everywhere!

"Hi Henry,

In reply to Michael's questions re alternator problems: On my 222 4v a few years ago I had alternator problems; the engine ran unevenly and at low power, but I managed to keep it running and I limped home 10 miles or so. A bit of research showed that it was worthwhile to get it reconditioned rather than stand the expense of having a new one fitted. On the later Biturbo range the alternator fitted is usually a standard Bosch or Magneto-Marelli.

I found a local small garage who employed a retired auto-electrician to do these sort of jobs; he reconditioned and rebuilt the alternator in his garden shed, pronounced it to be as good as new, and it's been running fine ever since. The cost, including removal and refit by the garage was around £35.

You could of course remove and refit the alternator yourself fairly easily, but beware that the fitment method to the adjustable bracket is not obvious unless you are a Maserati specialist. The garage who refitted mine had fallen into this trap and it was put right by a specialist at a later service. The wrongly fitted bracket was not in danger of becoming loose; it just put undue strain on the whole assembly when fitted incorrectly.

Hope this helps,



"Hi Enrico,

I saw the discussion on your website about this. Tell the guy that it's an American alternator, Delco, that was fitted on those cars. He can find inexpensive replacements for it all day long over here.

Have him come over to BiturboZentrum. There is a ton of info on this in the archives there.


From Preecha in Thailand

"Hello Enrico,

Sorry for reply late, last time, you ask about gasohol, I will tell you detail.

In Thailand I use Gasohol E 10 (Ethanol 10% - Gasoline (unlead) 90 %), I use E 10 Gasohol for my 4 cars. I run them everyday FOR almost 1 year. Everthing is still okay.

By the way, before I use E 10 Gasohol, I need to modify some things, for example; the fuel hose, I changed it from the original fuel hose to a gasohol fuel hose, and the spark plugs (Iriduim).

And last but not least, I send you photos of my second Maserati with this mail. I hope you enjoy it.

Have a nice day,



Preecha fills his Ghibli with E 10 Gasohol.












The NGK Iridium IX spark plugs

The new Gasohol approved fuel lines
From Maurizio in Japan

"Ciao Enrico,

How goes it in snowy Britain? About a month or so ago, we had an informal Maserati meet near Yokohama and I took a video of our tunnel running. Got to love the exhaust sound under those tunnels!

Check it out at

All the best,

Maurizio - Maserati Club of Japan Member."

From Philippe in Belgium

"Ciao Enrico,

2 Foto a "Rétromobiles"... Solo 2 OSCA, la 5000GT della Bonhams, il modello corsa (foto) e basta.

Neanche la presenca del Club Maserati France.




OSCA 750

Maserati Tipo 8CM
From Modena Performance in Germany

"Hi Enrico,

Sorry for my late reply.

Of course I can send you some pictures of our CC di Modena. Enclosed you receive some small thumbnails. Please let me know what pics you want to receive in higher definition.

If you need any other details or informations please let me know.

Best Regards from Germany,



The CC di Modena, developed by Modena-Tec mounts 2 superchargers to Maserati's 4.2 litre V8 engine. The result produces a power output of 551 bhp (405 KW) at 6,780 rpm, with a maximum torque of 461 lb ft (625 Nm) at 5,810 rpm, with blistering acceleration up to a maximum speed in excess of 187 mph (300 kph).

This compares with the standard 400 bhp (294 KW) at 7,000 rpm, with a maximum torque of 332 lb ft (451 Nm) at 4,500 rpm, and a maximum speed of 251 mph (275 kph).

The CC di Modena coversion includes:

- Mounting two belt-driven superchargers
- Large aluminium intercooler
- New engine management & ignition system with rev limiter at 8,000 rpm
- Stainless steel resonance exhaust system
- Modified gearbox
- Modified engine management
- Modified valve timing

At last year's Essen Motor Show, the Maserati Coupé CC di Modena, won the award for the Sportiest Car in Coupe Class up to EUR 80.000, gaining 19.2% of the votes cast by readers of Sport Auto.

An impressive result!

Higher definition images to follow.


The CC di Modena























From Daniele in Italy

"Ciao Enrico,

Ho finito di sistemare una Maserati Ghibli Open Cup del 1995.

E' una vettura che partecipò al Campionato Ghibli Open Cup del 1995 con Schenetti e Corradi. Successivamente venne aggiornata per il 1996 e partecipò ad alcune gare del Campionato GT. Il telaio è il n. ZAM336B00*00361232*, il motore è il n. AM577*870022*.

Io l'ho riportata alle condizioni originali del 1995, con l'aiuto di Werter e Wilmer Sala, figli del compianto William Sala, titolare della SW Racing.

Il restauro ha interessato la totalità della vettura, sia la parte meccanica che quella telaistica, nel pieno rispetto dell'originalità. Ti spedisco alcune foto.

Ti avviso inoltre che sono in possesso di parecchi ricambi originali per Maserati Ghibli Open Cup sia versione 1995 che versione 1996 (cambi, differenziali, collettori, sospensioni, freni, cofani, portiere, cerchi, decals, sedili, centraline, ecc.). dei quali ti spedirò presto alcune foto.

A presto!


P.S. Ti spedisco anche una foto dell mia AMS Sport 2000 del 1970 con la quale Carlos Pace gareggiò in alcune gare del Mondiale Sport Prototipi 1971.


"Hi Enrico,

I have finished putting in order a 1995 Maserati Ghibli Open Cup.

It is a car that competed in the 1995 Ghibli Open Cup Championship driven by Schenetti and Corradi. Folowing this it was prepared for 1996 and took part in a few races in the GT Championship. It is chassis number ZAM336B00*00361232*, and engine number AM577*870022*.

I have restored it to its original 1995 condition, with the help of Werter and Wilmer Sala, sons of the late William Sala, owner of SW Racing.

The restoration involved the whole of the car, mechanical as well as the bodywork, entirely with respect to its original specification. I am sending you a few photos.

I am letting you know that I am also in posession of many original 1995 version and 1996 version Ghibli Open Cup spare parts; gearboxes, rear differentials, manifolds, suspension parts, brake parts, bonnets, doors, wheels (Speedline and TechnoMagnesio), decals, racing seats, management control units, etc., of which I will send you a few photos.

See you soon!


P.S. I am also sending you a photo of my AMS Sport 2000 from 1970 with which Carlos Pace took part in a few races during the 1971 World Sports-Prototype Championship."


































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