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

Grille trident on a Maserati Biturbo S
You can click on some pictures for a better view!!
From Lui in Germany

"Hi Enrico,

Here is my Maserati 3200GT. May be you want to put him on the Enthusiasts' Page?!

I have some carbon parts inside and new rims. I get my Modena exhaust system and my new carbon steering wheel next week.

I want to change the watch inside. Where I can find a silver one and how I can change it?


"Hi Lui,

You can check out my reply in the 3200GT 'Can You Help?' pages!




Lui's 3200GT



From the FIA GT Championship at Silverstone

"A Wing and a Prayer!"


Maserati enthusaists will have noticed that The Maserati MC12 raced by Team Vitaphone won the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy at Silverstone the other weekend.

What many of you may not have realised was the handicap under which the Maserati MC12 raced when it came to their rear wing, which was appreciably narrower that that of its competitors!


The narrower rear wing of the Maserati MC12 (GT1)!

Aston Martin DBR9 (GT1)

Ferrari F430 Challenge (GT2)

Chevrolet Corvette Z06R (GT3)

Dodge Viper (GT3)

Maserati MC12 (GT1)

Ferrari 430 Challenge (GT2)

Aston Martin DBR9 (GT1)

Ascari KZ1R (GT3)

Saleen S7 R (GT1)

Gillet Vertigo (G2)

Dodge Viper (GT3)

Maserati Gransport Light (GT3)

The Tourist Trophy winning drivers!
From John in the USA

"I am considering purchase of a used current series Maserati Coupé, which, I believe began to be imported to US in 2002.

Can you:

1. Estimate average annual maintenance costs?

2. Describe any known significant problems encountered by owners of these cars?

Thank you,


From Steve in Greece

"Hello Enrico,

I am new to your site, and as I was looking for Maserati information around the web, I was addressed to you. I really like it, and it loks that there are lots of people exchanging ideas and opinions around the world.

Is there a "live" forum that I can post my questions ?

I have a Maserati 3200 GT 2000 model, and also bought a 1991 Shamal last week that is in good condition, but is standing for four years. I haven't started the engine, as I need to do some preventive maintenance first.

I would appreciate any information on the Shamal, tech specs, as well as your advice on were I can get some spares (apart from dealers...)




My 3200GT


The Shamal is the only one in Greece!
Reply from Peter in Denmark



You should perform a standard 10,000 km service no matter the stated mileage.

Change the cambelt. After 3 years it should be changed no matter how little it has run.

Make sure that the mechanic REALLY knows how to mount the cambelt tighteners and adjust the engine after a cambelt change (Maserati main dealer). DO NOT IGNORE THE “CHECK ENGINE” LIGHT ON THE DASHBOARD IF IT COMES ON AFTER A CAMBELT CHANGE.

The light is a diagnostic which analyses the exhaust at the Lambda Sonde - and may mean nothing, but can also indicate that the valves are incorrectly adjusted, which can have serious conseqences such as a bent valve stems or a valve touching a piston.

Have the car diagnosed on the Maserati main dealer computer to see if it reports any faults. The adjustable shocks could be a problem (red light blinking consistently on the suspension adjustment panel on the transmission tunnel) - but if the Koni shocks diagnose a problem they will automatically set themselves in position 4 (sport) - so if you can live with a hard ride, then you don’t need to fix them - it is an expensive proposition.

Make sure the brakes are given special attention - make sure they are not sticking and that there is no water in the brake fluid.

Make sure there is fresh oil in the differential, and that all seals are okay. The differential is mechanical, will provide up to 100% lock and is a weak point on these cars.

Check if the car charges correctly (pos. 13-14 on the instrument) and then check the alternator. On these 'biturbo' cars, the alternator is mounted low in the engine compartment ('Patento Maserati') so that it wil clog with dirt, damp and dust thrown up from the road.

Look for crack(s) on the engine block where the air/con compressor is mounted. The factory compressor mounting is a poor construction which transmits vibration. There is a “fix it” kit available from Maserati.

Have your turbo pressure checked. The needle should readily flip up in the yellow area to touch the red on hard acceleration. There should not be a smell of gasoline after hard acceleration. Some filters wil need cleaning, blow off valves will stick after extended period standing still, and some hoses may need replacing.

You may have clutch shudder and jerk. This happens easily on these cars if the clutch has been overheated and it does this easily. Only fix is a new clutch, which will start to do the same again in 15-20,000 km. If you can learn to shift smoothly (especially from standstill), then live with it and see if it gets worse and then change the clutch. Remember –city driving was never a priority on these cars.

Do NOT run the engine on a Shamal above 4,000 rpm for extended periods. Go up to 4,700-5,000 for short acceleration bursts only. The car has a flat plane crankshaft (this was changed for the V8 Quattroporte installation, and of course the 3200GT, and I know of at least one Shamal which has had a Quattroporte EVO engine installed). The engine will vibrate itself to pieces internally if run at too high an rpm. Most wrecked Shamal engines have been destroyed this way.

After driving ALWAYS be sure to let the car idle AT LEAST 2 MINUTES before turning off the ignition. The air/con compressor is mounted right in front of the right-hand turbocharger, cutting off cooling air. The right turbocharger will therefore always run quite hot. If you switch off the ignition too soon you will fry the right hand turbo.

Let me know how you progress!


1991 Shamal

2004 Coupe Cambiocorsa."

Another reply from Miguel in Portugal

"Dear Enrico,

Hope you're well.

Here are my experiences and thoughts on the Shamal. Hope I can help Steve from Greece and Peter from Denmark.

First don't forget that the Shamal is a 'Biturbo' so all the problems related with this series are also present on the Shamal.

The fuse box, the alternator and the bad contacts on the Koni suspension are for sure items to look for.

Even if any fault is experienced. The alternator must be overhauled and cleaned. The pointer in the voltimeter must be on top of the 14V mark when the engine is in motion. Never above or below. This gauge is somehow easy to give bad readings, mostly because of poor contacts inside the Borletti instrument cluster. So fix the alternator and if the pointer doesn't stay on top of the 14V mark, clean the contacts of the gauge. ATTENTION! Although easy to reach the back of the Borletti cluster, this is a job to be performed by a relaxed mind and experienced hands.

About the Borletti instruments, I must say that this is one of the Shamal problems.

For sure every Shamal will suffer from a bad speedo reading. If the needle "flicks" and the partial counter starts to go crazy, you will hear some noise from inside and afterwards a smell of burned electronic components. This means a burnt out diode, tension rectifier and a resistence. If you turn off the ignition the burning stops, and the electronic plate that feeds the gauge must be repaired. Two of components are easy to find in any electronic shop but the Motorola 32C rectifier is not that easy.

All the Borletti instruments will suffer this problem. I've seen it happen on a '93 Spyder 4V, my Shamal and also a 95 Ghibli!!! The ruined components are all the same and easy to substitute. ATTENTION, if you don't hear or smell anything strange but still the needle "flicks", look at the speed sensor at the differential body.

Other problem with the Shamal are the exhaust manifolds, they are prone to cracks. From my point of view, this happens because of bad driving, stopping the engine after pushing it, not waiting some minutes. But most of the time I think that the exhaust manifolds develop small cracks because of water entering the air ducts on the bonnet. Strange isn't it?? But if you drive and then stop to wash your car, the water will reach the exhaust manifolds, with time you will have a cracked manifold.

All the Biturbos with air ducts on the bonnet suffer from this problem. Even the 3200 GT. If it is the left-hand side it can be solved, it is a four days work. If it is the right-hand side, my God!! It is a pain in the a...! You will hate your Maserati!!

Regarding the Peter thought, about the 4,000 RPM limit, I don't fully agree. From my experince these V8s are strong and work better if well pushed. Of course, like any other make engine, one must know how to drive a sports car. If you do 1,000 kms on the limit again and again, probably your engine will end quickly.

But I've never seen a V8 broken because of the "flat" crankshaft. IF you have the oil level on top and the engine temperature is okay you will not have problems. At least from my experience. Never exceed the RPM limit!! Regarding the turbo pressure needle it must reach the yellow zone not the red and must stay there if you keep on accelerating.

Other problem is the differential, Steve look for small leaks. They are not a huge problem as long as you keep the Diff. oil on top. These leaks appear because the differential can't cope with the power provided, the temperature is so high inside that it blows the rubber rings. Get them fixed and learn how to drive with this Ranger differential. Never do a racing departure, burning your tires, you will like it but not the Ranger differential!!

If some noises are heard when driving, going side to side of an EMPTY road, then you have problems inside the "body" with pinions and clutches. A rebuild is needed.

The clutch is also an issue to look after, but only if you feel it is needed. The pedal must be hard to press but the shifting must be pricise and smooth. If you hear a "BUMP/CLACK" noise when shifting first/reverse gear and at the same time the differential gets stuck, it is "normal". Just press the pedal and shift the gear, don't leave your foot on the pedal. RELEASE THE PEDAL SMOOTHLY!! Once you learn this, you will love the way it works.

All the noises from the differential when driving on a straight line happen because some Loctite is missing on the shaft into the differential body.


Another important item to fix is the rubber ring in the metal plate near the pedals.

Go inside and look at the end of the steering shaft. You will find a metal plate that guides the shaft. For sure you'll have a broken ring or even not present. I've seen a lot of Biturbos with this problem, some were with less 3mm in the shaft!! The metal plate is harder and "eats" the shaft. Fix this right away. It can be dangerous driving without the ring. It is amazing how the ride and comfort gets fantastic with this improvement.

Another thing to look is the Kat. body. It is the lowest part of the Shamal. So, somewhere in time it makes contact with the road or side walks or bumps.

By now Steve is finding someone to keep the Shamal!! I bet.

But no, Steve don't do that. You will never find a car like that. It is awesome, wild and it goes directly into your blood circulation. Becoming part of you. Never forget that it is one of the rarest "modern" Biturbos, only 65 were made.

Regarding replacement parts, this is a serious subject. Maserati doesn't have most of the parts for the body - small grilles for the front spoiler are not available, the darker rear lights are not available...

But for the engine I think that it isn't a problem right now (try getting hold of a crankshaft! - Enrico).

So, is the Shamal an easy car to live with? I must say yes. If you treat it right it will be your friend forever.

I'll be driving mine from the 26th this month, from Portugal to Modena and Maranello where I will have a Ferrari factory tour on the 29th. I will make a diary and report to Enrico to be posted on the site. I bet that the Shamal will be ready for the challenge.






The Shamal is the only Shamal in Portugal?
From Autocar magazine in the UK

Comes news of an exciting new Maserati, but it's only for those who can afford it, and sadly that doesn't include me. Oh come on those lottery numbers!!


The MC12 Corsa - but only for the privileged few!!

You can 'read and weep' over Dan Stevens' article in this week's Autocar - ON SALE NOW!!

From Enrico in the UK

"Dear Maseratisti,

I am writing this note to confess to you that last week I dropped the "Mother of All Clangers!"

I flew over to Italy with my wife for a couple of days, realising after I had booked our flights (outward flight 11th May/return flight 14th May), that the Mille Miglia was taking place that weekend. Convinced that the event started on the Friday evening, I had planned to make a quick photographic trip into Brescia on that Friday morning as our return flight didn't leave until 3:00pm that afternoon.

On the Thursday my wife and I were having lunch at the 'Ristorante La Veranda', a lakeside reastaurant at the Spiaggia d'Oro Hotel in Barbarano, Lago di Garda (food was very average for their excessive pricing, so I wouldn't waste your time eating there!).

It was while we were lunching that the subject of Maseratis cropped up during a conversation with the waiter, (you see my wife doesn't like speaking about Maseratis), and he asked why I wasn't in Brescia to view the Maseratis taking part in the Mille Miglia. "Ma parte domani!" ("But that's not until tomorrow"), I said. "No signore, la Mille Miglia parte questa sera! (the Mille Miglia leaves tonight!)".

Realising my mistake I looked over at my wife, who at this time seemed greatly amused, in horror. Had I done my homework properly I could have been in Brescia that morning photographing the 10 OSACs and 16 Maseratis and a 1948 Preta Alfa/Maserati that were taking part.

They included, and this hurts believe you me:

1951 OSCA MT4
1952 OSCA MT4 1100
1953 OSCA MT4 1100
1953 OSCA MT4 1100
1953 OSCA MT4 1450
1954 OSCA MT4 1100
1954 OSCA MT4 2AD 1500
1955 OSCA MT 4
1954 OSCA 2000 S
1957 OSCA S-187
1955 MASERATI 150 S
1955 MASERATI 150 S
1956 MASERATI 150 S
1956 MASERATI 150 S
1957 MASERATI 200 SI
1957 MASERATI 200 SI
1957 MASERATI 200 SI
1955 MASERATI 300 S
1957 MASERATI 450 S

And just when I thought all was lost, comes this email from a friend in Germany:

"As promised.

See you soon!



"Oh how I just love producing this site!

Thank you,



























"If anyone else out there got their dates right and managed to photograph these Maseratis, we would all love to see some!

Thank you.


From Henny in the UK

"Dear Henry,

I enclose a few prints from slides, taken with the digital camera.

I don't have the programme for thr 1985 VSCC meeting at Silverstone so I can't identify the drivers of the cars.

Best regards,



Maserati Tipo 250F #2529 - Raced to victory in 1957 by Juan-Manuel Fangio
1st 1957 French Grand Prix - 1st 1957 German Grand Prix

Silverstone 1994 - 250F V12 magnetos and coils

Silverstone 1994 - 250F V12 coils

1995 Silverstone Coy's - Fangio X 5 Paddock 250F centre piece

Silverstone July 6th 1985 Maserati race grid

1995 Silverstone Coy's - Another winner Martin Stretton 4CM

Silverstone 1985 - Tipo 8C in the Paddock

Silverstone 1985 - Tipo 250F in the Paddock

Silverstone 1993 - Club Parking 'Open and Shut' Mistrals

Silverstone Coy's 1995 - Martin Stretton's winning Tipo 4CM

Silverstone 1985 - Tipo 8CM in the Paddock
From Gert in Belgium

"Enrico can you put this on your website? We want to attract as much Maseratis as possible! Please insert the photos as mentioned, thanx Maybe you want to come and we finally meet!?



Logo Spa Italia

Saturday 17th and Sunday the 18th of June

The 5th edition of this event for Italian cars at the famous race track of Spa Francorchamps. It usually attracts people from Belgium (off course), Holland, Germany, Luxemburg, France and the United Kingdom. For the first time it is a two day event.

On Sunday there is even some track time reserved for us to get the best out of your Maserati. This year extra attention by Maserati Classico Belgio!


Maserati at the 24 hours of Nürburgring

Maserati has officially announced that it will participate in the next "24 Hours of Nürburgring", which will be held on 17 June, at the legendary Nordschleife track.



Two official cars will be fielded by the "Maserati R&D Factory Team": a GranSport "Laboratorio" and a GranSport "Trofeo". They will compete in the "DMSB E1XP" and the "24h Special" respectively.

The official Maserati Corse driver Andrea Bertolini, Michael Bartels, Eric Van de Poele and Gianni Giudici (well known gentleman driver with experience in various categories) will share the drive in the GranSport "Laboratorio".

In the GranSport "Trofeo" will be ex-F1 driver Jacques Laffite, American journalist Patrick Hong and English journalist Richard Meaden. Along with them will, once again, be Gianni Giudici (at Nürburgring it is possible to race in two cars). The impressive sporting CV of Laffite includes a Ligier-Maserati drive on the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1974.

The "Laboratorio" car is based on the GranSport GT3 and features technical evolutions developed by the "Maserati R&D Factory Team", headed by Giorgio Ascanelli. These developments will be put to a very tough test in 24 Hours of Nürburgring.

The GranSport Trofeo is derived from the model that competes in the Trofeo Maserati Audemars Piguet Europe. Very small modifications have been made to prepare the car for an endurance race, such as strengthening the suspension and adapting the fuel supply and refuelling systems.

Both GranSports will be equipped with Pirelli tyres. Maserati and Pirelli renewed their partnership agreement for the next two seasons just a few weeks ago.

With the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, Maserati continues its long tradition of participating in endurance races: this culture is based on the desire to compete and represent the marque in top "long distance" events, to highlight the quality, reliability and performance of the Trident products.

Claudio Berro, Director of Maserati Corse, stated that: "The setting up of the "R&D Factory Team" is proof that Maserati is trying to test in race conditions the most innovative technologies to be applied on future models."

"The GranSport Laboratorio – commented Maserati's technical director, Giorgio Ascanelli - "was developed using the GranSport GT3 as a base. Some changes have been made to bring it into line with DMSB-24 Hours of Nürburgring regulations. It was created in just a few months thanks to the cutting edge planning system and the vast experience gained in GT competition. The GranSport Trofeo, on the other hand, is very close to the standard model and in such a kind of race it will go through a tough challenge. However, this is what Maserati is looking for."

Maserati's success in endurance races began in 1939 with a win in the 500 Miles of Indianapolis with the 8CTF with Wilbur Shaw behind the wheel. The win was repeated the following year. Curiously, it was at Nürburgring that Maserati scored some of the most important wins in its history: three victories in the demanding 1000 kilometres (1956, 1960 and 1961). Moss-Behra-Taruffi-Schell (300S), Moss-Gurney ('Birdcage' Type 61), Gregory-Cassner ('Birdcage' Type 61) were the triumphant crews.

Since 2004, Maserati has appeared in many famous endurance events. There have been victories at the 24 Hours of Spa, with Michael Bartels-Timo Scheider-Eric Van de Poele in the MC12 (Vitaphone Racing Team), and in the 6 Hours of Vallelunga, with the MC12 driven by Davide Mastracci-Leonardo Maddalena-Michele Serafini (team Racing Box). 8th place in their class was also secured at Spa by the Maserati Trofeo Light presented by Gianni Giudici-Diego Romanini-Enzo Raimondi.

There have been good results in the United States too. At the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2005, Andrea Bertolini-Fabrizio De Simone-Fabio Babini took 5th place in GT1 class on board a factory-fielded MC12. The 2004 Daytona 24 Hour witnessed the return of a Trident car to an international endurance competition, with Matteo Bobbi-Ralf Kelleners-Anthony Lazzaro's Maserati Trofeo Light (team Risi Competizione) finishing the race in 11th position in the GT category.

Text and photo courtesy of the Maserati Press Center

From Coys Monaco 20th May 2006

Legende et Passion

Espace Fontvieille - Monaco Saturday 20th May 2006 at 15.00

Lot 229 1967 Maserati Mistral

Registration no: Italian Registered
Chassis no: A11/103/A1/1622
Estimate: €42,000-52,000



The Maserati name is one of the oldest and most respected in motoring history the world over. Established in 1926 by racing driver Alfieri Maserati and his brothers, it began as a racing marque and developed into a sporting one. The production of road cars started in 1958 with the glamorous 3500GT, a Touring bodied coupé powered by a detuned version of Maserati's famed 350S competition engine of 1956. The 3500 series proved to be a great success and represented the pinnacle of Grand Touring cars until it was superseded by a new model in 1963. The new car was romantically named the Mistral after the wind which blows over the French Mediterranean coastline, conjuring up images of speed and beautiful scenery. The Mistral enjoyed a relatively long production life, from 1963 until 1970, during which time a total of 948 cars were built, of which a mere 120 were spyders, with only 20 of those being right-hand drive.

The Mistral continued to use the race-proven 6 cylinder, twin-cam engine, power output being in excess of 220bhp at 5,500rpm. The chassis was of tubular design with semi-elliptic rear suspension, coil springs at the front and hydraulic shock absorbers all round; the gearbox was a five-speed ZF unit with a single dry plate clutch, whilst braking was by discs to all four wheels.

Coys are proud to offer this stunning Mistral Coupe, as one of a pair of exceptional Maseratis that come from a prominent private Italian collection. Virtually a one owner from new example, the car is fitted with the more powerful 4.0 litre, six cylinder engine which features its original Lucas fuel injection system, which is in perfect working order. Other than a recent quality repaint the car presents itself in a perfectly preserved 'time warp' condition. Maseratis of this period general are very hard to source in this condition, because of their inherently low values when compared to say a Ferrari of the same period most of them have lived through a period of neglect before being revived by enthusiasts: this is no such car, all of the chrome work and hard to source interior fittings are fresh as the day the car left the factory. Its current owner a famous personality in Italian fashion circles is only and regretfully selling the car to make space for another purchase.

C'est notamment tres difficile de trouver une Maserati des annees 60 qui n'ont pas souffri une periode de negligence, grace a leur valeur plus bas que, par example, les Ferrari. Cette Mistral se presente en condition superbe, avec tres bonne chrome et une tres belle interieur.

Lot 231 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Litre SS

Registration no: Italian Registered
Chassis no: *
Estimate: €54,000-60,000



Maserati needs no introduction. Already a legendary racing marque before the war, the company turned to the limited production of sports cars for the road in the 1950s. These proved to be highly successful, and manufacture continued throughout the '60s with the company taking credit for some of the most potent and luxurious cars of the era. None upheld this great tradition better than the magnificent Ghibli.

Introduced to an enthusiastic public at the Turin show of 1966 the Ghibli broke with the recent Maserati tradition for conservative designs, instead displaying dramatic, purposeful lines, drawn by none other than Giorgietto Giugiaro whilst still at Ghia's design studio. Under the bonnet was Maserati's magnificent all alloy 4.7 litre four cam V8, derived from the company's sports racing car power plants and mated to a five speed gearbox. Claimed top speed was a not inconsiderable 174mph! At the car's launch in 1966 its competitors were Ferrari's also new 275GTB and Lamborghini's 400GT. The Ghibli was highly acclaimed, enjoying glowing praise from motoring journalists of the time, a fact not lost on collectors today, with whom the model has become one of Maserati's most sought after road cars, combining stunning looks and towering performance. It is a unique privilege for us to offer this virtual one owner from new Maserati Ghibli Coupe, one of two exceptional Maseratis entered into this sale from the same private collection.

Originally the property of a prominent Italian industrialist the car was driven sparingly during its early life and then for many years was carefully stored by his sons and exercised gently when necessary. This explains how almost 35 years later the car still wears its original paintwork and its interior is in perfectly preserved condition. It is understood the car has never been exposed to rain or accident damage. The mileage of approximately 60,000 Km is believed genuine and is reflected in the stunning original condition of the car.

Finished in a fetching shade of 'rame metalizzato' or copper metallic the car is to the ultimate 4.9 litre SS specification and features a manual gearbox and air conditioning.

Recently checked over mechanically this is without doubt the most authentic Ghibli Coupe's we have encountered and surely a collector's delight. At now one quarter of the value of a Ferrari Daytona and arguably better looking and more pleasant to drive this car makes a seriously tempting proposition.

A peu pres a un quart du prix d'un Ferrari Daytona et probablement plus belle, cette Ghibli SS porte toujours sa peinture d'origine en couleur 'rame metalizzato', cuivre metalisee. D'une collection privee, cette voiture de sport est vraiment une tentation.

Lot 250 1973 Maserati Indy

Registration no: German Registered
Chassis no: AM 116491830
Estimate: €25,000-30,000



Two Owners from New

During the 1960s Maserati gradually gave up the idea of motor racing and turned more to road cars, although they harked back to the marque's days of glory on the race tracks. Nowhere is this dichotomy better illustrated than in Maserati's V8 cars. The engine was commissioned with the intention of winning the Indianapolis 500 but then the commissioner ran short of funds and withdrew from the project. Maserati could not allow a wonderful large-block 'quad-cam' to gather dust and so gave it gainful employment in the 450S sports-racer which almost won the 1957 World Sports Car Championship.

The front-engined cars originated in the 1960s shared the same basic floor pan although crucial dimensions changed according to whether it was to support the lithe Ghibli or the corpulent Quattroporte.

By 1968 it was felt that the road car designs were rather plain so shortly after the exotic Ghibli the Indy was introduced, a striking gran turismo with four seater coachwork by Vignale. With servo-assisted disc brakes on all four wheels, monocoque construction, a 260bhp quad cam V8 engine and five speed gearbox this was, for its day, a thoroughly modern and potent motor car, capable of a claimed maximum speed of over 150mph. In 1970 a larger, 4.7 litre engine became an option, with improved performance and greater refinement.

This Maserati was been delivered new to Germany in 1973. With only 2 registered owners, the car was part of a big collection for some time and presents itself in largely original condition.

Fitted with the larger 4.7 litre engine and finished in metallic copper / bronze, this Vignale bodied sports icon of the 70's comes with original black leather interior, 5 speed gearbox, tinted windows and alloy wheels, an older expert evidence and German paperwork.

Seulement deux proprietaires de neuf ont savoure cette icone des annees 70. Decrit par le vendeur comme etant dans un condition original, cette Mistral est fourni avec un interieur en cuir original, une boite a 5 vitesses et des papiers allemands.

Lot 258 1955 OSCA MT4 Barchetta

Registration no:
Chassis no:
Estimate: Refer Department



In 1937 due to economic depression, the Maserati brothers were forced to sell their company and the rights to the use of the Maserati name to the wealthy Orsi family, however they stayed on under the terms of a 10 year employment contract. When the 1947 expiration date approached, the Maseratis left the Modena factory without a word of discussion on either side.

As soon as they could they set up space in a corner of the original Maserati works in Bologna, where the brothers had originated their business back in 1926. They set about designing a completely new car from a clean sheet of paper. The new company was named 'Officine Specializzate Costruzioni Automobili - Fratelli Maserati SpA', and so the legend that became OSCA was born, launching the Maserati brothers into their greatest commercial success.

Their one aim was to establish themselves with a winning car in the 1100 cc sports/racing category which was so very popular in Italy. Their design directive was clear- simplify and lighten.

Basic engineering was their motto, done to the highest standards possible, it is said that no Bugatti, Ferrari, or post-1947 Maserati was ever made to higher standards!

The car produced was the MT4, following the lines of their previous A6GCS Maserati, which over the next 8 years became the most successful under-1500 cc sports racing car in the world.

Maserati records show that chassis no. 1169 started production on 8th January 1955 for Signori Capianca and Sigobato to compete in the 1955 Le Mans. It is with this end that the Le Mans style long tail body was constructed for the car. Unfortunately the car was not completed in time, however with its export to the United States, its illustrious career started with the road races at Santa Barbara, Torry Pines and Palm Springs, piloted by Harry Chapman of Chicago. The 'whale', as it became affectionately known, competed in many of these hard fought road racing events with numerous successes, scoring its first in class win in 1956 with Ernie McAfee at the wheel in Santa Barbara.

The 1499 cc 4 cylinder engine with a compression ration of 8,8;1 generated approximately 110 bhp. The original engine in chassis no 1169 had increased compression of 9.5:1 and was said to be rated at about 130 bhp. Coupled to the elegant and sleek aluminium body that only weighed 1,210 lbs, it was more than capable of taking on the more powerful Ferraris and the nimble Porsches

In 1956 the car competed in the Pebble Beach road race, again with McAfee at the wheel. However, this time, with even more power, as the engine from the OSCA Land Speed Record car, chassis no. 1512, had been transplanted into the car, this engine had a very rare twin plug head with magneto ignition and is still fitted to the car to this day.

In 1958 the car was sold to the Beverly Hills TV personality Bill Laden. He continued to campaign the car up and down the West Coast until the early 1960s.

A very well documented and known car throughout the race circuits of California, full records of the races are to be found published in many books and magazines.

In more recent times the car competed in the Mille Miglia retrospective throughout the 1980s and 1990s, finally appearing in 1991 at the California Mille. In 2000 it underwent a comprehensive restoration in Massachusetts by RTR engineering to restore it to the beautiful condition that it can be seen in today. Shortly after this restoration it collected a 2nd Price Trophy at the Castle Hill Concours d'Elegance. It remains one of the most well documented and much loved OSCA MT4s of the motor racing circuit in the USA while retaining its original body and the powerful Jim Simpson Land Speed Record engine.

Lot 261 1956 Maserati 150 S Barchetta



Lot 275 1968 Maserati Ghibli

Registration no: Italian Registered
Chassis no: AM115/67
Estimate: €70,000-80,000



The Maserati Ghibli made its debut at the 1966 Turin Salon, where it was received with rapturous acclaim. With dramatic but tasteful coachwork by Giugiaro at Ghia and Maserati's sports-racing derived four cam V8 engine under its bonnet, it vied for position at the top end of the supercar market with Ferrari's new 275GTB/4. The 1968 Turin Salon saw the launch of an open spyder variant, which went into limited production the following year in direct competition with Ferrari's Daytona spyder. If anything, the gorgeous lines of the Ghibli coupé had been improved upon, in itself a considerable feat, and the spyder soon found favour with the international rich and famous.

The Ghibli enjoyed many compliments for both its looks and performance, an American journal commenting in 1968, 'The Ghibli is by far Maserati's greatest contribution to the automotive world in the past 20 years. Its appearance alone gives one a feeling of opulence.' The example you see here today, originally a 4.7 coupe has been professionally transformed into a spider by renowned Modena based Maserati specialists Campani. As recently as last month major restoration work was completed including a bare metal respray. This car remains amongst the most sought after of Maserati's road going GT's, its combination of superb lines and performance attracts enthusiast and collectors alike to the model, in much the same way as it did a quarter of a century ago.

Ce 4.7 coupe en vente aujourd'hui fut transformée par des professionnelles en un spider par le spécialiste Maserati Campani basée ˆ Modena en Italie. Jusqu'au mois dernier, elle connu bon nombres de travaux de restauration. Cette voiture reste une des plus belle Maserati sur la route. Sa combinaison entre superbes lignes et performance attire les enthousiastes et les collectionneurs de nos jours comme il y a plus de 25 ans.

Further information available from

From Marcello in Spain

"Hi Dear Enrico

Congratulations again for your page you really work hard for our passion.

Here are some pictures of Ghibli Cup 'Blu Francia'.

I have to say about my experience whith Maserati cars that the cup is the most Biturbo I have, but the Racing is more accelerating sensation. I send you some pictures about my (soons).


PS: Also I want to say that I have sold the Racing."


Ghibli Cup



The Racing
From Jacques in France

"Bonjour à tous,

Le Tour Auto 2006 est arrivé samedi 29 avril à CANNES. Que de belles autos ! ....

Je vous joins qq. photos, pour ceux qui n'ont pas pu y aller (souvent par manque d'information). Les autres auront certainement du plaisir à les regarder.



1954 MASERATI A6 GCS (Sucari/Celada - Argentine)


1962 FERRARI 250 GTO #4219 (Wang/Ma - GB)




Another sublime FERRARI, a 1953 212 Export



A very rare 1954 SIATA 208 S (Fabri-Stoop)



FERRARI: 250 GT Tour de France 1956 (Masterson/Walter - USA)


1953 LANCIA Aurelia B 20

A rare Porsche 904 GTS

The affable and approachable Clay Reggazzoni
From Jonathan in the UK


I was looking for something else and came across your site ..

I don't know whether you keep an archive of this sort of thing but thought you might like these two snaps from the mid 70's taken with a kid's Kodak 110 camera.



The beast in question is probably the last Birdcage that raced in anger. 1965 .. Tipo 65/151 .. My Dad owned it for a while when I was a teenager .. twin coils and and twin plugs .. flat crank V8 5044cc and I would imagine a plumber's nightmare ..



I think it's in a museum somewhere now .. it sounded like nothing on earth!

Enrico please feel free to use the photos .. I think I have seen Willem Ooesthoek's book .. the 65 was very underdeveloped, it used to overheat. If you like I could put you in touch with my father - making it "go" was a labour of love .. he went to the factory and met Bertocchi (hope I spelt it right ?) they sold him a spare gearbox, off the shelf - I think about £100 !).

At a time when cars like this were just "old racing cars" instead of investments my Dad had a Tipo 60 ( now rebuilt - Nick Mason's car - he got it road registered and he picked me up from school .. Hey! Who needs a handbrake! 200bhp .. 600 kilos .. it was quick! ) .. after that a 61 with the long windscreen.

At one point he also had a Mexico with quite a rare 4.7 engine fantastic registration number 4700 MM!

I was just a boy .. we had an old Humber estate car and a trailer but it was good fun historic sports car championship in the early and middle 1970's.


There is something about Italy .. I can't afford a Maser but I have got an old Alfa 166 .. of course 3,000 ventiquatro valvole (I like the noise ) .. I am waiting for the Alfa 8C with a Maserati engine.

Meanwhile a couple more photos.





From Conrad in the UK

"Dear Enrico,

First let me say what a fantastic job you do for all the Maseratisti with this superb web site. I know how much work it entails keeping it up to scratch. please could you put my lovely 3200GT up for sale.

The car is a Maserati 3200GT automatic which was a special order by the first owner, who kept the car for 3 years whilst he was waiting for his new Bentley Continental to be delivered. I have the original invoice for £65,000 and the invoice indicates the additions, such as leather head lining, custom interior.

The VIN number ends in 4324 which makes this a very late model 3200 and it was first registered in April 2001 The car uses unleaded fuel and the colour is Rosso Indianapolis, which is a non-metallic colour. The interior is cream leather with burgundy piping, burgundy carpets and accents. The mileage is coming up for 16,500 and most of those miles have been done on the continent.

I obtained the car in April 2004 with 7,000 miles on the clock. The car has been in my possession almost two years and has a full Maserati service history, first with the Maserati dealer in Colchester and more recently with Meridien. The car is fitted with the latest Navtrac tracking device. The radio system is a Becker 200 auditorium and has a remote 6 changer CD.

The last service was carried out in April 2005 and cambelts were changed in April 2004. Tax & MOT run until April 2006. The car comes complete with its own set of signature pyjamas in dark blue/silver. The car is in showroom condition and has been garaged all its life. The number plate will be retained.

The price of this magnificent car is GB £27,500

Contact: Conrad Flower


Phone: 01243 511032
Fax: 01243 514999


Conrad's 3200GT and The Spinnaker Tower - a new 170m landmark for Portsmouth and the south coast of England.
From Leonidas in Greece

"Dear Enrico,

I bought a year ago the Ghibli Cup No? which is a black one with the engine AM577. The car's first registration here in Greece was in the year 2000.

Eric refers to a black Ghibli Cup which he saw crashed in 2003 in Italy and has photos of it too. In the 'Enthusiasts' Page 82', another Maserati owner refers to this engine. I'd like to contact with Eric and ask him if he still has the Photos and if I could see them somewhere, or email them to me.

I MUST congratulate you for the extraordinary site of yours too. I've read every page and learnt a lot. Keep up the passionate work my friend.

I send you some fotos of my beauty.

With regards,





"Dear Leonidas,

Unfortunately I have had to delete many of my previously received emails as there are far too many to store.

I am hoping that Erik will read this email and contact me.



Greetings from Olaf in Germany

Greetings from Olaf Boecking!
From Luca in Italy

"Hallo Enrico,

My name is Luca, I´m 33 and I´m from Milan but now living in Berlin, Germany.

First of all, THANX for your great website. Maseratis are one of the biggest passions of my life, and your website is second to none for it´s content, resources, pictures and pleasure to browse through.

I owned two Maseratis in my life, a Biturbo S from 1985 and a 420i from 1986. After selling my last Maserati back in 2000, I have now decided to buy my third Maserati, which will probably be a Ghibli or, if I find an excellent sample, a 2.24v, which I still love a lot.

Through your website I continuosly find so many useful infos and links that will be probably useful in the research of my next Maserati. I´ll keep you updated.

Keep on your excellent work, and thank you very much for all you´re doing!


From Philippe in Belgium
From Richard in the UK


In my last e-mail to you I mentioned that I would send in a couple of pictures of my Ghibli. I've attached a few here. It's a 1997 registered Ghibli ABS but I think it's a '95 manufactured car. Have a look at 'Page 64' - the first first item. Is that £10,000,000 Ghibli my car?! I didn't own it back then and it is hard to read the registration, but it certainly looks like it to me! Did you happen to save the advert by any chance?

Another thing I am curious about - I have been looking at interior pictures on your site and as far as I can gather my car seems to have the gearstick surround from a left hand drive vehicle, even though it is RHD. The buttons for the suspension are on the left of the console, furthest away from the driver, rather than near to the driver as I have seen on other RHD cars. I wondered if there was a certain year or whatever when they fitted them this way, or whether mine was swapped for some reason. As far as I know it was a factory UK right hand drive car.







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