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All things 'Maserati'. News of forthcoming models, owner's cars, tips, 'Marque' reunions and the odd touch of humour! In fact anything of interest to the 'Maseratista'.

So if you have any news about Maseratis or have anything owners and enthusiasts should know, send details to maserati123@btopenworld.com


Grille 'Trident' on a Maserati A6G/54 by
 
You can click on some pictures for a better view!!
 
 
 
 
From The Paris Motor Show 2002.

Models of the new four-door saloon.

Visitors to the Paris Show were able to seee the models of the new four-door saloon first exhibited at Tokyo's 'Artedinamica' exhibition in July. The new four-door saloon will be presented late next year.

 

Image courtesy of Maserati SpA
 

Image courtesy of Maserati SpA


 
 
 
 
From Hervé at the Le Mans Classic.

"Dear Sir,

As I mentioned in my recent e-mail, I enclose some pictures of the marvellous event of the Le Mans Classic 21-22 September.

As you can see there were many beautiful classic cars from many countries in the Club area. The "spirit" was very authentic and our old cherished cars were able to race again competitively.

These photographs try to show the many beautiful cars that were present on the Club stand and how warm and authentic was the recreated historical "atmosphere" and how tough and hard our old and cherished classic cars can race.

I allow you to publish these photogaphs on your site if you wish.

Hervé."



Ready to race at the Le Mans Classic!

A typical line-up for the start.



A Maserati 'Birdcage' races on!

An OSCA 1600 GT by Zagato.



The Maserati A6G 2000 by Frua.

The Maserati A6G 2000 by Frua.



Maseratis at the Club stand.

An OSCA MT4.



An A6GCS tackles a right-hand curve.

The legendary trident that adorns the A6GCS.


 
 
 
 
From Mark in Australia.

"Hi,

Great website.

Here are a couple of pictures of my 222E taken on my property in Queensland, Australia.

It has the 4-speed ZF Auto and has now covered 120,000 km. The interior is Cream leather. I just love the look, the performance and the way it drives.

Mark."






 
 
 
 
From Michel in France.

"Dear Enrico, I hope that you might be able to help me! I am looking for a magazine article that appeared in the 27th July 1968 issue of MOTOR entitled The incredible Le Mans Maseratis by Karl Ludwigsten."

If you can help Michel by letting hiom have a copy of the article or are prepared to sell him the magazine, please let me know by clicking HERE!


"Dear Enrico,

I have received the magazine. Thank you very much.

I will contact you next week after the Le Mans Classic.

All the best,

Michel."

 
 
 
 
Exciting news for the Maserati environmentalists.

Many thanks to Fabio for sending me this image that I am sure will amuse all Maserati enthusiasts.



 
 
 
 
Exciting news from AUTOSPORT.

Haymarket Autosport Publications have very kindly given me permision to reproduce these two articles that appeared in the Pit & Paddock report from the August 8th issue of AUTOSPORT, the weekly motor sport magazine.


MASERATI GT NEARS GO-AHEAD

Maserati is on the verge of pushing ahead with its plans for the hi-tech supercar as uncovered by AUTOSPORT (May 23).

Claudio Berro, boss of the new Ferrari and Maserati customer racing department, admitted the existence of the design of a GT racer for the first time last week. He said the project likely to hit the track in 2004, was "very close" to going ahead.

The programme would be headed by ex-Ferrari and McLaren Formula 1 engineer Giorgio Ascanelli. The new car, aimed at the GT class of the FIA GT series and the GTS division of Le Mans, would be built around a carbon monocoque and most likely powered by a turbocharged V8 engine.

The only stumbling block could be the insistence by Le Mans organisers, the ACO, of a production minimum of 100 cars for carbon-chassis GTS cars, which it is allowing into the 24 Hours for the first time from 2003.

The ACO has refused to confirm the number, but it has made it clear it will not allow the new breed of GTS cars to render the existing machines obselete. Such a move would ensure any new car is a real road vehicle and not a low-volume special. Only 25 road cars will be built for entry into the FIA series.

The car is believed to be built around the monocoque design from the new Ferrari Enzo supercar. Berro, however, insisted that the car would be "completely new".

Berro said there were no plans to enter Grand-Am's new Daytona Prototype category.




FACTORY TO RUN CARS

MASERATI is to create its own in-house team to prepare all the cars running in its new Cambiocorsa Trofeo one-make series next year.

The series for the new 4.2-litre Coupe will be run on an 'arrive-and-drive' basis. Everything will be included in the package, which will cost around GB 80,000 (US $120,000) for seven races.

Maserati racing boss Claudio Berro said: "We are aiming this series at wealthy businessmen, older rather than younger drivers. All they will have to do is buy their own air ticket and leave the office in their Friday suit. Everything else will be included, from hotels to tyres."

Five of the seven races for the European series will support the FIA GT Championship, but two rounds are planned for grands prix. Berro said he expected the Italian and British GPs to be on the Trofeo schedule when the series is launched at September's Paris Motor Show.

"Monza is important for an Italian manufacturer, but Britain has a special place in the history of Maserati," he said. "Don't forget that Maserati won the first British Grand Prix in 1948."

The performance of the Trofeo racer will be similar to that of the Ferrari's 355 Challenge car.

 
 
 
 
From Bruce in the USA.

Bruce has very kindly sent me this photo of him driving his Tipo A6GCS/53 at Brands Hatch during one of the Shell Maserati/Ferrari Historic races. Unfortunately not this year!

When I told him that he looked as though he was enjoying himself, he replied, "Yes, I always have fun in my Maseratis - even the new Spyder! It's a great car."

And there is no one better qualified to comment, Bruce also owns one of the gorgeous A6G 54s by Zagato!



 
 
 
 
"Fallen off the back of a lorry?"

Well not quite! This Maserati Spyder was on view at the recent Ferrari Maserati Festival at Brands Hatch.



 
 
 
 
From Fredric in Sweden.



"Hi, thank you for a good site!

Just wanted to send you some pictures of my beautiful 1973 Merak.

It's completely rebuilt and in perfect condition. Isn't she beautiful?

Regards,

Fredric Gustafsson.









Fredric at home in his Merak!!

 
 
 
 
Have you seen this Bora?



"Dear Enrico,

I'm wondering if you may be able to help me in tracing the history of my Maserati Bora which I believe is either the first, or perhaps the second right-hand-drive model built.

I bought the car in 2001 from a well known Ferrari and Maserati enthusiast, who had previously bought the car as a partly completed restoration project from the assets of Nigel Cooper Ltd, after they went into liquidation.

Unfortunately, at that time, all of the history of the Bora, together with the original registration documents had been lost.

From contacting the Maserati factory, I know that the Bora was built in May 1972 and first registered to a Mr Towner by the importer, Citroen in Slough. The chassis number is AM/117/153.

If anyone can help in tracing the history of the Bora, or help in advising me of the original registration number, it would be much appreciated.

I'm also wondering if I could find a way of getting in contact with Richard Crump. As the writer of many Maserati books and histories, he may have come across my car in the past, or even have a photograph of her.

Many thanks in advance for your help, and thanks for a great website.

Kind regards,

Richard."

If you have any information that might be of assistance to Richard, please let me know. Thank you!

 
 
 
 
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