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The Trident on the
horn button of a 3500 GT
You can click on some pictures for a better view!!

From Fiat Group in Italy


Despite a difficult fourth quarter, the Fiat Group has completed 2008 with its best ever trading profit, up 4.0 per cent over 2007 to €3.4 billion in 2008, on a total revenue of €59.4 billion, up 1.5 per cent over the previous year.

Fiat Group Automobiles increased revenue slightly – +0.5 per cent – on 2007 to €26.9 billion, based on an annual production of 2,152,500 cars to achieve a trading profit of €691 million. Sales rose in the key markets of France (+31 per cent), Germany (+14 per cent) and Brazil (+9 per cent). Fiat light commercial vehicles (Fiat Professional) sold a total of 408,700 vehicles, up 5.3 per cent.

Maserati lifted its revenue in 2008 to a new record of €825 million, up 18.9 per cent, based on a 16.8 per cent rise in deliveries to 8,759 cars.

Ferrari raised its profits by 27.4 per cent to €339 in 2008 over 2007, based on a slight increase in sales, up 0.6 per cent to 6,527 supercars. Ferrari revenue rose by 15.2 per cent to €1,921 million in 2008.

In addition to the automobile sectors within the Fiat Group, agriculture and construction equipment (CNH) lifted its trading profit by €132 million; trucks and large commercial vehicles (Iveco) rose by €25 million, and other business sectors rose by €70 million.

From Roy in The Netherlands

"Ciao Enrico.

How are you? I just wanted to inform you that I will be organising a new meeting for special Italian cars (Maserati, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, etc.) on 3 May 2009 here in Kleve (Germany).


Italian car enthusiasts meet in Kleve, Germany.


Last year it was a great success, and this year we hope for even more nice Italians cars will attend this pleasant area close to the Dutch border. I hope you can put it on your website, so that we can get Maserati and other Italian car owners from all over Europe to come.


DATE: Sunday 3 May.

TIME: I hope to welcome the cars and their owners at around 10:00am in the morning.

VENUE: Nimwegerstrasse 99, Kleve (NRW) Germany (Near the Dutch border).

At the parking area of a really nice small hotel/restaurant Haus Ida.


The Hotel/Restaurant "Haus Ida"

Lunch with fellow Italian car enthusiasts

Kind Regards,


P.S. Here is the link to the pictures from the first meeting last year:

From Jean Claud in France

"Hi Enrico,

I duly received the CD-rom. Thank you very much.

I'm in very big trouble with my Biturbo 430 since one month.

At 130 km/h on the motorway, with the correct engine oil and water levels, and no over-revving whatsoever, the engine was running gently and perfectly, when suddenly the revs decreased by about 1,500 rpm and during the next 5 to 10 seconds, without any unusual noise, I spotted an enormous white smoke cloud (three metres high), from the rear of my car!!!

I stopped immediately by the roadside, thinking at that time that perhaps a turbocharger or cylinder head gasket had blown.

Back at my garage I discovered that my water was mixed with oil and that the spark plug from the front right-hand side cylinder had been destroyed, just as if one had hit it with a heavy hammer!!!... You can imagine my horror!!!

From that time, I looked around for a local garage with enough experience in Maserati Biturbo engines. No one, or almost no one, wanted to touch my complicated, high performance and delicate engine. When the answer to my request was positive, the price asked for the repair was disuasive, clearly indicating that they were unenthusiastic about carrying out this repair.

Finally, I decided to disassemble the engine myself, and remove the engine from the car (how helpful will your service manual be then !!! ...) and I will give the engine to an excellent local excellent mechanic, but he has no experience with Biturbos, and that is my problem.

I have also the possibility to take the engine to Modena (not too far from Marseille), where there are specialists to repair Maserati Biturbo engines. Do you have perhaps some addresses in South-East France to recommend to me (as close as possible to Marseille), or even further (within a maximum of 1,000 km from Marseille)?

I own a second 430, in a wrecked state for parts only, 100% complete, engine, gearbox, etc., I should therefore avoid any problems with parts availability. I hope so! I also have the possibility of changing the engines, but the engine from the wrecked car has not been turned over for some 7 years now, and I am unable to make it turn again.

All your suggestions will be welcome.

Anyway thank you.

Best Regards,

Jean Claude."


Jean Claud's 430 Sports Saloon


"Ciao Enrico,

I wish you a happy new year (late !), and most important: health....

I would like to help Jean-Claude in Marseille with his blown engine. There is a Maserati specialist in Italy, close to the french border (i.e. 20 Kms from the border, or approximately 300 Kms from Marseille), who can help him.

This specialist is Garelli Automobili in Borgo San Dalmazzo near Cuneo. It is now a Suzuki dealer but also a former Maserati. The "team leader", Marco is specialized in Biturbos, did the 20.000 Kms maintenance of my Ghibli and also maintains the 222 of a friend who told me he could not believe he had the same car after Marco tuned it.

This is an altenative to going to a Maserati dealer here, which will be very expensive and probably does not know anythng in Biturbos.

There is a website:

All the best.




"Ciao Patrice,

Thank you for this useful information which will be of great interest to Maseratisti travelling through that part of Italy. Unfortunately, Jean Claud's email, which I received way back in 2004, was lost when my old computer's hard drive crashed a while back. I came across it recently when my computer man was able to rescue some of the files lost.

I have just spoken with Garelli Automobili, and they have confirmed that they are still able to carry out servicing and repairs to Biturbo-era Maseratis.



From Enrico in the UK

"Ciao Maseratisti,

You might be interested to know that The Maserati Club in the USA have produced an excellent calander for their members for 2009.


The TMC Calendar for 2009

Their multi-award-winning wall calendar features a contemporary design with a unique collection of archival photographs depicting a few of the distinguished gentlemen and ladies who have owned Maseratis throughout its history.

A joint venture in collaboration with the reknown German Maserati historian Walter Bäumer, painstaking care has been taken to reproduce these photos to the highest possible standard.

Printed on heavy, silk finish paper, and wire bound for wall hanging, the TMC Calendar measures 9½ by 12 inches (240 x 305mm). When opened it measures 19 x 12 inches (480 x 305mm). National holidays from 6 countries in which TMC has chapters (U.S., Canada, Italy, Japan, South Africa, & Hungary) are indicated in four languages (English, Italian, Japanese, & Hungarian).

A limited print run with primary copies being distributed to TMC members worldwide as part of their membership. Due to the high quality and limited number, the remainder will be sold at the cost of US $20.00 each plus shipping. Discounts are available on orders of 10 or more copies. As there is usually great demand I strongly suggest ordering early.

Enthusiasts may order their copy at



From Alec in Canada

"Hello Enrico,

Just wanted to let you know how the valve covers turned out.

First they were stripped, then cleaned, then painted with the VHT wrinkle paint your suggested.

A quick note for those planning on doing this. The paint needed to be applied three times, spraying in a cross pattern. This produces the best result.

After painting we had to machine the letters for a factory look. They turned out pretty good. Please see attached...




Sprayed with red VHT wrinkle finish paint

Machining the letters for a factory finish

The finished rocker cover - as good as new!
From John in the UK

Maserati 250F is voted the greatest racing car ever - "The colour and spirit of the occasion"
Robert Coucher of Octane with flag-bearing Ben Cussons, Motoring Committee Chairman of The Royal Automobile Club

"Hello Enrico

We were delighted how the 250F event went yesterday with Nick Mason. I see you've posted the pictures and news report already!

Here's another that I took which may add to the colour and spirit of the occasion. Next to Robert Coucher of Octane is Ben Cussons - with my flag - who chairs our Motoring Committee.

Best Wishes & rgds


John Godley
Motoring Secretary
The Royal Automobile Club

From Newspress in the UK

Maserati 250F is voted the greatest racing car ever
­ 1950s racing car gains the ultimate accolade


Pink Floyd's Nick Mason in the Maserati 250F


Traffic in London’s Pall Mall came to a halt today (Thursday January 15th) when the “world’s greatest racing car” driven by rock legend Nick Mason from Pink Floyd called into the Royal Automobile Club.

The club welcomed the car after thousands of readers from Octane, one of Britain’s top motoring magazines, had voted for the car which had been nominated by Sir Stirling Moss.

Nick Mason said: “The accolade is well deserved. To many the 250F is the archetypal Grand Prix car and, apart from being one of the most beautiful, it is one of the most progressive and forgiving of racing cars to drive. Who can forget what must be the most iconic of motor racing images – Fangio in a full power-slide at the French Grand Prix in 1957, with battle scars evident on the nose? (The car that is, not the driver…).”

He added: “It was a great idea from Octane to get readers to vote for their favourite racing car and I am delighted that the 250F beat its rivals.”

The magazine received thousands of votes for the car from readers around the world who had seen a series of articles putting a total of nine famous cars up for the accolade including an Auto Union Type C, Lotus 49, Porsche 917, Cobra, Mercedes-Benz W196 and Toyota TS010 Group C, but it was the 1950s F1 car that won.


voted the greatest racing car ever ....

... the Maserati 250F

The 250F competed between 1954 and 1958, during which time it won 55 races. It first raced in the 1954 Argentine Grand Prix in the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio, who won the first of his two victories before he left for Mercedes Benz. Sir Stirling Moss raced his privately owned 250F for the full 1954 season. In 1956 he won the Italian Grand Prix and the Monaco Grand Prix in his private car.

In 1957, Fangio drove to four more championship victories, including his legendary win at the Nürburgring where he overcame a 50-second deficit in just 20 laps, passing the race leader on the final lap to take the win.

The cars were nominated by famous motor racing drivers and personalities, including Brian Redman, Damon Hill, Derek Bell, Carroll Shelby, Andy Wallace and Bobby Rahal. The Maserati 250F was put forward by Sir Stirling Moss, who said: “I have great affection for the 250F because it was the car that gave me my first proper break in Formula One.”

Now 79, Sir Stirling Moss is one of the best-known racers of all-time. He won 194 of the 497 races he entered, including 16 Formula One Grand Prixs.

Ben Cussons, Motoring Committee Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, said: “We are delighted to have the winning car featured outside the Club. The Maserati 250F combines the very best in both automotive design and racing car engineering of the era. Its style and appeal are timeless.”

Andrea Antonnicola, the Managing Director of Maserati GB Ltd, said: “The 250F is possibly the most iconic car in the history of Maserati, a masterpiece of engineering which won the company the ultimate motorsport accolade, the Formula One Championship. Times have changed and Maserati's core business now lies in the luxury car market, but the spirit of that era, the passion and the constant strive for excellence are part of our DNA.”

The editor of Octane, Robert Coucher, commented: “There has been a huge debate over the years as to which car could be described as the Greatest Racing Car but no-one has ever put it to the test. We decided that we would ask over 33,000 magazine readers and more than 100,000 users of the Octane website to vote.

“We also wanted the views of some of the most famous drivers in the world who have actually experienced these famous cars over the years.”

He added: “From the 1950s heyday of Grand Prix racing, the precise, pretty 250F was the weapon of choice for Moss, Fangio, Bira, Salvadori and Hawthorn.”

From Newspress in the UK



LONDON – 15 January 2009 – Last night some 200 guests attended the “Great Escapes Champagne & Raffle” hosted by Ventura UK, the UK Ferretti Group importer, at the London Boat Show.

Maserati GB was a proud sponsor of the event, providing one day with a chauffeur-driven Maserati and a yachting jacket from the Maserati Collection as raffle prizes. In addition a number of guests were able to benefit from a complimentary chauffeur service on the night.

Maserati GB’s Managing Director, Andrea Antonnicola, presented the prizes and commented on the shared characteristics of Italian style, craftsmanship and high performance between Ferretti Group yachts and Maserati cars.


Andrea Antonnicola with prize winner

Operatic entertainment

Riva Aquariva Super
From Roland in France

Hello Enrico,

I'm still restoring 101*630* and 101*2650*.

I would like to thanks Paolo Biagi in Italy who found the cars and is a living Bible for the old Italian cars.

I also would like to thank Harm Klijn from Powerprops ( for the time he spent to explain me the Lucas metering unit.

Olaf Boecking ( also sent me pictures to restore my chassis.

Here is a picture of #1012*650* chassis as it is now, I prefer not to show you as it was before.

Bst Regards,



The restored chassis of the Maserati 3500GT

The Maserati 3500GT as delivered by Paolo Biagi from Italy

The rust was under the aluminium skin

"Hello Enrico,

It seems still difficult to find information on this ZF gearbox for the 3500GT. I found it has also been used on the BMW 507, I asked at BMW Museum in Germany if they have any record but got no answer yet. I found on ebay a ZF parts list with all part numbers.

Now if anybody has experience on it I'll be glad to hear how to open and rebuilt my gearbox.

Bst Rgds,

Roland -"

From Montri in Thailand

"Dear Enrico,

Today just got some information from Shell Thailand about the Gasohol 95. It is 95 octane with mixture of benzene 90% and ethanol 10%. I also attached the specification sheet for you.




Specification sheet for Shell Gasohol 95

From Maurizio in Japan

"Dear Enrico,

Yesterday's bank holiday in Japan was a good opportunity for a Maserati meet. A bunch of us went for a drive to the Miura Peninsula near Yokohama ( and here are a few photos of the event.

All the best,

Maurizio - Maserati Club of Japan Member."


Maseratis at the Miura Peninsula


Maserati 3200 GT

Maserati Ghibli Open Cup Evo

Maserati GranTurismo

Maserati Quattroporte

Maserati 3200 GT

Maserati Ghibli Cup

Maserati Quattroporte ottocilindri

Maserati Coupe GranSport

The interior of the Ghibli Open Cup Evo.
From Newspress in the UK

on the 70th anniversary of its first Indianapolis 500 win


Maserati unveils its new Quattroporte Sport GT S at the 2009 North American International Auto Show

The sportiest to-date model of the new Quattroporte range makes its worldwide debut at NAIAS. Focus is on Maserati’s unique racing DNA, with two 2008 International FIA GT titles clinched by the MC12 and a special anniversary celebration: the 70th anniversary of Maserati’s first of two consecutive triumphs at Indy.

The New Quattroporte Sport GT S Debuts in Detroit

The new Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S making its worldwide première at the 2009 North American International Auto Show sets yet another milestone in terms of sportiness in the high performance luxury sedan segment of the automotive market. Conceived and developed as “a real driving machine in the guise of a luxury sedan”, the Quattroporte Sport GT S is the ultimate expression of Maserati’s sportiness in the Quattroporte range.




The technical changes to the new Quattroporte Sport GT S concern four areas:

• the mapping of the V8 4.7 litre engine, with power increased to 323kW;
• the gearshift management software, with new features designed to increase driving enjoyment;
• the front and rear suspension system featuring single-rate dampers, stiffer springs and lower ride height;
• the sport exhaust controlled by pneumatic valves for a deep, throaty and captivating sound.

The sportier and more aggressive look is evident in the interior’s and exterior’s stylistic choices:

• the new black grille with concave vertical fins featuring the Trident logo with red accents, typical of the sportier versions of Maserati models;
• the new headlights, in metallic titanium finish;
• the new M-design seats with perforated Alcantara® and leather upholstery;
• the standard trim in Titantex, a “titanium coloured” composite material.

Maserati Racing Legacy

In 1939 and 1940, long before any foreign brands were established in the United States, Maserati took the chequered flag at perhaps the world's most famous race, the Indianapolis 500. That car was a Modena-made 8CTF single-seater bearing the flamboyant name of “Boyle Special”, driven by Wilbur Shaw. Today, to mark the 70th anniversary of Maserati’s first win at Indianapolis, the Boyle Special is on display at Maserati’s exhibit at the 2009 NAIAS as a direct link to the newest and sportiest of its products: the new Quattroporte Sport GT S.




The racetrack is where the name Maserati first became enduring and where we today continue to draw our central philosophy: a well balanced car capable of great feedback to the driver. The racetrack also continues to be the stage where Maserati collects international trophies in steady succession – with both Drivers’ and Teams’ FIA GT titles clinched in 2008 by Maserati’s MC12 to make 10 the total of FIA international titles the Maserati V12 GT car has collected over the last four racing seasons, primarily courtesy of drivers Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels (champions in 2006 and 2008) and of the Vitaphone Racing Team (four consecutive titles from 2005 through 2008).

In the course of the 2008 racing season Maserati clinched the third win in four years at the legendary 24-Hours of Spa race, placing three MC12s in the first four positions of the final standing. The triumph in Belgium is the ultimate evidence of Maserati’s reliability that originates on the racetrack but translates into the quality and consistency of Maserati’s entire product range.

©Maserati/Studio Mazzi

Maserati clinch victory at the 24-Hours of Spa race in 2008
©Maserati/Studio Mazzi

Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels are the Drivers' Champions in 2008

The 10 international trophies collected in the FIA GT championship since 2005 at the wheel of a Maserati MC12 are:

• 2 Manufacturers’ Cup in 2005 and 2007;
• 3 Drivers’ titles (Bertolini-Bartels in 2006, Thomas Biagi in 2007, Bertolini-Bartels in 2008);
• 4 Teams’ titles (since 2005 with no interruption, always with the Vitaphone Racing Team);
• 1 Citation Cup in 2007 with the gentleman driver Ben Aucott.

MC Sport Line Customisation Programme

Focusing on its racing vocation and fresh from its latest international triumph in the FIA GT championship, Maserati has developed a special series of new options named “MC Sport Line”, which made its worldwide debut at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy in early December. The new contents of the MC Sport Line add to Maserati’s already extensive range of personalised features on offer. The MC Sport Line is designed to enhance the sporty DNA of Maserati vehicles for those customers who like to display their passion for racing through a dynamic look and a choice of technical solutions that increase the driving fun without compromise.

The name “MC Sport Line” sums up the experience acquired on the track by the Maserati Corse department, whose contribution to the design of the functional components has been invaluable. The world of motor racing also inspired Maserati’s designers when it came to styling, hence the extensive use of carbon fibre, very popular among racing enthusiasts thanks to its direct connection with racing competitions.

Maserati and the Environment

Maserati has implemented a development plan for the next 5 years designed to reduce consumption and CO2 emissions, and to protect the environment.

The designs of recent models have already led to considerable fuel savings. From 2005 onwards, consumption for the Quattroporte has been reduced by more than 20% overall (NEDC combined cycle). The CO2 reduction compared to the previous Gran Sport model is 10% for the GranTurismo S (NEDC extra-urban cycle).

On the new Quattroporte S with its 4.7 engine, exhaust/evap emissions and fuel consumption have been aligned with future Euro 5 regulations for Europe and LEV2 standards for the USA, partly thanks to the adoption of an innovative metallic matrix catalyser with perforated sheets (Turbulent PE Catalyst), which is both permeable and reliable but does not affect performance. The use of this solution has evened out the distribution of pollutant particles, reduced pressure, improved resistance to high temperatures and the transfer of gases.

Maserati also uses environmentally-friendly, easily recyclable materials made from natural substances, especially for the parts of the interior, which are most in contact with the driver and passengers (natural textile fibres, wood and leather).

Maserati cars are mindful of the “design for recycling” concept, which is centred around making cars easy to dismantle at the end of their working lives, so that materials can be identified and separated for re-use.

2008 Facts and Figures

By all degrees, Maserati’s 2008 was the most successful year to date.

In the course of the year, a new product range was introduced – the new Quattroporte line-up with both 4.2 litre and 4.7 litre models. And new to the market was also a new engine solution for the GranTurismo model-line, thus enriched in 2008 by the arrival of the 4.7 litre GranTurismo S.

Despite the dreadful economic situation witnessed by all sectors of the world economy and the profound situation of crisis that has pervaded the automotive market from the beginning of the year, Maserati has achieved in 2008 the second record year in a row. Deliveries to the final customers have totalled almost 8,600 units, which is the all-time best result, with an increase of almost 17% over 2007. What is more, Maserati’s sales were up in all markets across the world – including the United States of America.

Despite the troubled times experienced by the US economy, North America (US and Canada) remains Maserati’s largest market worldwide. The order in which the other markets follow is both familiar and consolidated, as to state that, despite all the hardships, Maserati’s presence in these markets is an established one: Italy is in second place, the United Kingdom in third, Germany in fourth, Japan in fifth. Five markets, three continents for a truly global Maserati presence. In sixth place there is France, followed by Switzerland, China, Australia, UAE, Hong Kong.

In the first nine months, Maserati’s revenues amounted to €596 million, up 22.9% compared to the same period of the previous year. There was a 25% increase in deliveries to the network compared to the first 9 months of 2007, and this performance is even more significant considering that the target markets for Maserati vehicles shrank by about 15%.

In the first nine months of 2008, the result of ordinary activities was €31 million, with a 5.2% ratio to income – a significant increase on the €6 million (1.2% of revenues) achieved during the same period last year.

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati






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