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Grille trident on a Maserati Quattroporte I - 2a serie
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From Andy in Japan

"Hi Enrico,

Hope all is well.

I've attached a few more snaps of Maserati I've seen in and around Tokyo - Quattroporte are by far the most common.

I've also read stats for Maserati sales in Japan during fiscal 2006 - it seems 382 cars were delivered, down sligtly on the 397 sold in previous year. I'm sure sales will shoot up again following the introduction of the new GranTurismo!

Kind regards,


PS. I mentioned in a previous e-mail how here in Japan white is a popular colour choice for prestige cars. Here are some photos of white Maserati I've seen in the past few months...."



GranSport Coupé


Quattroporte 'V8 Evoluzione'


Biturbo Spyder SE


3200 GT

3200 GT





Quattroporte 'V8 Evoluzione'

Buying a Used Turbocharged Car

By Bill Siuru, PhD, PE

An IHI turbocharger used on all Maserati BiturbosThrough the years, many automakers have used turbocharging to obtain big V8 performance from economical, small four and six cylinder engines. Several automakers, most notably Saab and Volvo, still use turbocharged engines extensively. In the 1970s and 1980s, many American manufacturers offered turbocharged engines. Several of these such as the Buick Riviera convertible and Grand National, Ford Mustang SVO, Maserati Biturbo, and Chrysler TC by Maserati are now quite collectible today.

Running at speeds up to 100,000 to 150,000 rpm and located in the hot exhaust stream, turbochargers are probably the most stressed part you will find in a production vehicle. Here are some tips what to look for when checking out a used car with a turbocharged engine.

The difference between a reliable turbo and a headache is summed up in a single word, "maintenance." Most problems with turbos result from neglect and abuse. So first, find out the car's maintenance history, most important the oil and oil filter change frequency. Check if the owner has followed the manufacturer's recommendations for proper types of oil and oil filters.

Turbocharger from a Maserati BiturboSince turbochargers operate at very high temperatures, perform under the hood inspection before things get too hot to touch. Check air ducts and gasket connections for tightness since leaks can result in power loss and engine overheating. Make sure the exhaust manifold is tightly secured. Check the air filter and ducts leading to the compressor housing. A build up of dirt can at best can lead to overheating and power loss, or at worst damage to the compressor impeller. Heat discoloration and/or exhaust deposits around the turbocharger and ducting could indicate an exhaust leak. Check mechanical linkage such as for wastegate control for free movement.

Check for oil leaks from center and end housings as well as from oil lines or fittings. Disconnect an oil line and look inside. Varnish, deposits or residue means the turbocharger oil could have been "cooked" sometime, probably by shutting down the engine immediately after a hot run without a few minutes of idling to cool things down. Coking will also probably be found on bearings as well meaning a rebuild. This visual check may disclose particular problems as well as give an overall impression of the engine, the maintenance done or not done and a feel for future repairs that might be needed.

Turbocharger from a Maserati BiturboNow start the engine while it is cold. Watch the tailpipe emissions. A puff of blue smoke for a half minute or so is pretty normal. Longer duration, and more prolific smoke could indicate bad internal seals in the turbo unit and a need for a rebuild. Other causes include a clogged filter or muffler, or that oil is not getting to the turbo bearing. It could also mean other engine problems like bad valve guides, bearings or rings. Do a compression check to isolate engine from turbocharger problems.

Let the engine warm up to normal operating conditions. While working the throttle, listen for abnormal sounds such as leakage from the exhaust manifold. In some turbocharger setups, exhaust manifolds are prone to cracking especially at the flanges and studs tend to vibrate loose creating leaks at block-to-manifold joints. Other sources of noise include a blocked air cleaner, a restriction in the air cleaner to compressor duct or a heavy dirt build-up in the compressor housing or on the compressor wheel, all indicating a lapse of maintenance. A high-pitched sound can indicate air leakage between air cleaner and engine or an exhaust gas leak between engine exhaust manifold and turbocharger inlet.

Turbocharger from a Maserati BiturboNow you are ready for a test drive. Watch the boost gauge. Can you achieve full boost when you stomp on the throttle? Does it return to minimum value when idling and cruising at constant speed?

If the turbocharger shrieks as it spins up, it could be worn out bearings or damaged compressor impeller, either requiring a rebuild. Watch the tailpipe emissions as you rev the engine up to redline and quickly back off on the throttle. If the car lays down a smoke screen, plan on either a turbocharger rebuild to replace oil seals and guides, or an engine overhaul if the turbocharger is okay.

Avoid cars with aftermarket turbocharger installations. These installations often do not include the beefing up of the other components to handle the additional power and torque resulting from turbocharging, as is the case with factory installations.

From the Maserati Online Store

As from today it will be possible to purchase exclusive "Maserati Collection" merchandise online, and as a subscriber to Maserati Journey 2007 you are entitled to receive a free Maserati gift with your first purchase during the month of April.

In order to receive the gift, simply fill in your personal code, 'simply register to obtain one', in the appropriate box on the order form!

The online shop offers a selection of over 400 products, from clothing to leather goods, from accessories to gifts, scale models and the latest publications featuring Maserati cars.

Click HERE to visit the official Maserati online shop now.

From Franck in France

Re: Question for a Maserati specialist

"Hi Enrico,

I have a small question from a French guy about the concept car Maserati Boomerang. Do you know what does number 77 (on each side of the car) represent?

Thank for your answer.


All photos are the sole copyright of Christie's
All photos are the sole copyright of Christie's
All photos are the sole copyright of Christie's
All photos are the sole copyright of Christie's

"Hi Franck,

First let me tell you that I am no specialist. I know a little more than most, but that's as far as it goes.

I honestly have no idea of the significance of what appears to be the number 77 on each side of the car. When I received your email I checked my photographs. At first I thought it was a design feature until I checked out the other side of the vehicle, and sure enough it looks like a number 77.

The car was first displayed as a static model in '71 and was displayed again on a Bora running gear at Geneva in '72, so there's no correlation there. The chassis number is #081, so nothing there.

I believe that only Giugiaro knows the true significance, if any. As was suggested by Maserati Guru, Andy Heywood, it could be that they do not represent the number 77, but are simply his design for a boomerang.

I have written to Sig Franco Bay at ItalDesign asking for an explanation and will let you know what they have to say.




Re: Maserati Boomerang by Giorgetto Giugiaro.

"Dear Enrico,

I apologise for my delay in replying to you. The 'number 77' designed on the B pillar has a double meaning;

it’s the graphic stylisation of a boomerang

and also the graphic stylisation of Giorgetto Giugiaro initials GG.

I hope this will satisfy your question.

Best regards.

Franco Bay."


From Jacques in France


In a few pictures, some MASERATI at the recent AVIGNON Motor show (south of France).

Best regards














Fine painting by Paul Bracq of the 1954 Maserati A6GCS Berlinetta by Pinin Farina

Merak - Coupé - Merak
BMW at Techno Classica Essen 2007

The rare 1960 700 RS 'Werks Car'







From Roger in the UK


It was Forza Italia at last Sunday’s Goodwood Breakfast Club.

It’s a great idea, the only downside being that one has to forego a Sunday morning lie in. I arrived this year at 8.00 am and just managed to beat the rush to secure a parking spot in the middle of the action, and to beat the queue to get a bacon roll!

And what a splendid turnout this year with just about every major Italian marque on four wheels and two represented.

We Maseratisti brought along 23 cars that I counted: one Bora, one Merak, one 222E, one 430, one Karif, one 222 4v, one Ghibli, nine 3200GTs, three Coupes, one Spyder, two Quattroporte Sport GTs and a Monza MB Special. Maybe I missed seeing some; there was such a large turnout of cars generally, both Italian and non-Italian that just about every available parking area at Goodwood was full!

The weather stayed fine enough for us to enjoy a good ramble around, seeing much of interest including a Pininfarina-bodied Sunbeam Venezia, an Iso Bizzarini GT 5300 Stradale, a 1953 Fiat V8, an early Itala marked up as ‘Paris to Peking’, an early Lancia racer, a three-wheeler Ducati, and a Lambretta towing a matching trailer. Not forgetting of course our own cherished Masers. An excellent opener to this year’s list of outings.

Best regards,



Italian exotica turn out in force at Goodwood!



Gli amanti di auto e moto Italiane hanno degustato una fantastica prima colazione tradizionale Inglese per la recente riunione di Goodwood Breakfast Club riguardante la giornata a tema di “Forza Italia”. Magnifico pubblico, attrattive auto e ottimo cibo. Il perfetto inzio del mese!

Or in other words: Enthusiasts of Italian cars and motorcycles enjoyed the a fantastic traditional English breakfast at the second Goodwood Breakfast Club meeting of 2007, held at the Motor Circuit on Sunday 1 April. The theme for the event was ‘Forza Italia’, and the combination of many great people, great cars and great food proved to be the perfect start to the month.

Amongst the myriad of red Ferraris, Ducatis and Alfa Romeos, some particularly uncommon, unusual and beautiful Italian ‘Carrozzeria’ was on display, highlights including a striking Edwardian-era Itala and Lancia Tipo 55, right up to an ultra-rare early-1990s Zagato Hyena with Lancia Delta Integrale running gear. A stunning Ferrari 250 GT ‘Tour de France’ and De Tomaso Mangusta proved especially popular with the early Spring Goodwood crowds, although a dinky Fiat 600 Multipla was arguably the most photographed car at the event.

Although the machinery on display was decidedly Latin, the nourishment on offer was very British, with many visitors tucking in to a hearty breakfast, made with Goodwood’s delicious home-reared organic ingredients.

All Goodwood Breakfast Club meetings reflect a different theme, and the next event, on 6 May, is set to attract an eclectic mix of distinctive pre- and post-War French cars, commercial vehicles, mopeds and motorcycles, representing the theme of ‘Vive la France – a celebration of unique French automotive flair.’

A full list of the remaining 2007 Goodwood Breakfast Club dates and themes is as given on the following page. All Breakfast Club meetings are free to attend, and will be staged from 8:30hrs to midday on the first Sunday of every month, until October (excluding September).

Goodwood Press release - 2nd April 2007.

All photos courtesy of Roger Harrison

Roger's splendid 222.4v

222 SE











Bora - nice number plate!





Maserati based 'Monza MB Special'

Quattroporte Sport GT

Quattroporte Sport GT

From Ben in Denmark

"Hi Enrico,

Sorry about the late reply. I was gone last week to Technoclassica in Essen. The German Maserati club was not there. I was quite disappointed. They usually have a nice stand.

Yes, I can send some pictures of the tail lights of the 5000 GT Allemano and I will send them as soon as I get back.

By the way, I am sending you some photographs from the show.

A comment:

The 2002 Spyder Cambiocorsa - built especially for Michael Schumacher. The company who owns the car now has acquired it, but does not know much about modern cars. They specialize in restoring Horchs. They said that Michael Schumacher had to get rid of the Maserati, when he became exclusive with Ferrari. They also said that the car was made specially for him with customized interior and exterior colours.




The ex-Michael Schumacher Maserati Spyder Cambiocorsa - of course!!











A6G/54 by Zagato


The 2-litre engine of the A6G/54 by Zagato

Maserati Indy

Custom interior of the Maserati Indy

Now where have I seen this car before??

Quattroporte I

Quattroporte Automatica

Maserati Bora

Maserati Bora

Maserati 3200 GT

Maserati Mistral

Maserati Sebring 2a serie




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