The Enthusiasts' Page

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

You can click on some pictures for a better view!!


From Enrico in the UK

Dear Maseratisti,

Having heard the news and seen the pictures of the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, no doubt you will all have been shocked and filled with sadness.

Many of you will have noticed from reading reports of last year's “20° Anniversario della Maserati Shamal" and "Biturbo Festa" how passionate our Japanese friends are about their Maseratis and how respectful they are of our beloved marque.

So with this in mind, I take the opportunity of sending sincere wishes to our Japanese friends, so that they know that our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.

Tomodachi, our hearts go out to you all, may you be safe from harm.

Your Fellow Maseratisti.

Good news from Japan

Dear Maseratisti,

I am happy to report that our Maseratisti friends and their families in the greater Tokyo and Kanto area are safe....

From Enrico in the UK

Ciao Maseratisti,

I came across this interesting restoration project on

A 1966 Maserati Mistral Coupe #AM109*474* in need of some tender loving care and attention.

As one of the most sought-after models, this Maserati once restored to her former glory, would be a real head-turner !!

Mistral Coupe photos courtesy of Paul.
























From Enrico in the UK

Ciao Maseratisti,

I also came across this interesting restoration project on

A 1963 Maserati Sebring 1a serie #AM101*02079*, also in need of a lot of tender loving care and attention.

As yet another example one of the most sought-after models, this Maserati once restored to her former glory, would be another real head-turner !!



















From Volkan in Turkey

Dear Enrico,

I have been appreciating your excellent site for some time. I would like to share some information regarding my 1995 Quattroporte IV 2.0 in Bodrum-Turkey.

I have been involved in Maserati thing with a help of a friend who owned a 2.24v. and Ghibli series 1.

From 2006 I am driving this car as a daily drive. I have faced most of the weaknesses and thanks to my own mechanic we managed to solve most of them by ourselves. We are in the yacht servicing business and I am very lucky to employ very enthusiastic electrician, mechanic and electronics guys. Otherwise it was impossible to run this car in our zone.

In 2007 just after one year and at 113,000 kms, we faced a major compression drop caused by heavy carbon deposit lead us to an engine overhaul. Then I forgot the bonnet was open and destroyed my windshield. That lead me a re-spraying and I met Eurospares guys. Rather funny pictures are enclosed f0r your sense of humour.

Frankly without help of Eurospares, David Askew and your web site I would be lost in the dark.

I am planning to have a major overhaul in a couple of weeks time including;

- Changing main battery cables with marine grade cabling

- Changing engine room relays with electronic contactless relays

- Make new wiring inside doors

- Changing clutch disc and pressure plate

- Adjust valve timing again

- Rrefresh coolant hoses

- Rebuild shocks, restore shock internals (spares obtained by David)

- Upgrade brakes with red 3200 GT Maserati/Brembo calipers (again David, actually don’t need it but I would like to see them contrasting on black paint)

Otherwise I am very happy to drive this car and persuaded to live with her downsides as I prefer to touch wooden steering wheel instead of plastic smell. For me modern that suits to my budget cars are a piece of s***.

I will try to update you with the results of the modifications, all the best.













From Enrico in the UK


The Maserati MC12 will not be taking part in the FIA GT1 series this year. It now appears that the highly successful racing career of the Vitaphone Racing Team's Maserati MC12s is over.

A change in the rules states that individual marques are obliged to field a minimum of four cars. Last year the two MC12s of the Vitaphone Racing Team were supported by the two cars of Triple H Team Hegersport. Triple H Team Hegersport will not be competing this year, and attempts to find a second team have failed, due largely to the high cost of running a team with the Maserati MC12.

It is most unfortunate that an unnecessary rule change means that the reigning FIA GT1 champion Vitaphone Racing Team will be unable to defend their world title.

“It is over,” said Vitaphone team boss Michael Bartels. “There is no second team, so we have had to stop our plans because we are not going to run four cars ourselves.”

Addio, con la speranza di rivederti presto ??

MASERATI: "La legenda che corre !!"

Photos courtesy of Maserati

From Philippe in Belgium

A Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12 parading through the streets of Modena

From Philippe in Belgium


"Bonjour Enrico,

Le show room sur la photo est celui de Monsieur CHARDONNET en personne qui abritait auparavant Lancia et Autobianchi et qui se trouvait au 48 de l'avenue Kleber dans le 16ème arrondissement de Paris.

Ex-French Maserati importer between 1989-91.

Aujourd'hui cette boutique est occupée par la Société COPYTOP spécialisée dans la reproduction et l'impression.


The Maserati 222

"Hi Enrico,

The image in this photo appeared as part of the backdrop on the club stand of the "Autobianchi Club de France" at Retromobile 2011, that had on display a very nice example of a 1989 Maserati 222.

There is a short video at

Fresquet Vincent, president of the Autobianchi Club de France and the Friends of André Chardonnet, discusses the reasoning behind the presence of the Maserati 222 on their club stand at the Retromobile 2011, and the history of this exceptional car.

Parlez-vous Français ??

The Maserati 222 on display was supplied by Réseau Chardonnet

The 2-litre V6 engine of the Maserati 222

The showroom in the photo is that of the premises of Monsieur CHARDONNET, previously a Lancia and Autobianchi dealership situated at 48 Avenue Kleber in the 16th district of Paris.

He was ALSO the French Maserati importer between 1989 and 1991.

Today the premises are occupied by Société COPYTOP, specializing in reproduction and printing.


Promotional literature from Réseau Chardonnet advertising the Maserati 430, 222 E, 422 and Spider

From Newspress in the UK


The new Maserati that debuts at the Geneva Auto Show will offer more driving enjoyment thanks to an improved overall vehicle dynamics, more horse power, a more responsive and efficient engine and optimised gearshift response.

Modena, March 1, 2011. After stunning the world with the GranCabrio at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Maserati is using the 2011 Geneva Motor Show to take its grand-touring convertible to a new level of performance and handling with the introduction of the GranCabrio Sport.

The Maserati GranCabrio Sport


Maserati has saturated the GranCabrio with both performance and luxury refinements both inside the cabin and underneath its award-winning body panels to create the new GranCabrio Sport.

Conceived to give the GranCabrio a harder-edged model to sit alongside the GranTurismo S and the Quattroporte Sport GT S, the GranCabrio Sport uses a more powerful and fuel-efficient version of Maserati’s all-alloy 4.7-litre V8.

This configuration of the naturally aspirated engine produces 331 kW (450 horsepower and has 510Nm at the peak of its rich, thick torque curve. Maserati’s Friction Reduction Program has made the GranCabrio Sport’s engine more reactive to the driver’s most-nuanced inputs thanks to a revision of the oil sump’s fluid dynamics and the Diamond-Like Coating of the tappets and the camshaft lobes, while achieving a further 6% reduction in fuel consumption. The top speed of the GranCabrio Sport is 285 km/h and the 0-100 km/h sprint is now reduced to 5.2s.

This six-speed automatic transmission includes the super-fast MC Auto Shift software and has been developed for the GranCabrio Sport directly from the transmission in the Quattroporte Sport GT S.

Like in the Quattroporte Sport GT S, the MC Auto Shift gives the driver even-greater engagement by further improving gearshift response, and introducing a digital in-dash display to indicate the ideal gear-shift timing.

The handling has received attention, too, with an upgrade and revision of the Skyhook active-suspension system to give it sportier tuning, and the adoption of grooved and drilled dual-cast brake discs.

The mechanical changes also include a revised exhaust system which automatically opens its bypass valves in Sport mode to provide an even richer sound and a shorter exhaust path.

Visually, the GranCabrio Sport is characterised by a more-pronounced dynamic look. This look begins at the GranCabrio’s distinctive nose with a black grille and a Trident with red accents.

The headlights now have a black look with white sidemarks, while front corner splitters and the redesigned side skirts are both body coloured. The dynamic look is finished with redesigned 20” Trident-like Astro-design wheels and a pair of black oval exhaust tips.

The look is carried over inside the open-topped cabin with a new seat design and driver-focused contents such as longer Trofeo-design gear-shift paddles and drilled aluminium pedals.

The GranCabrio Sport also debuts a new body colour for Maserati: Rosso Trionfale, inspired by the red national colours used on 1950s racing Maseratis - in 1957, Juan Manuel Fangio won his fifth F1 World Title at the wheel of a red Maserati 250F.

Inside the cabin, two new leather colours are available for the new M-design seats: Bianco Pregiato, a brilliant ivory shade; and Grigio Chrono, a sporty, dark tone of grey.

The GranCabrio Sport will be on sale in all of Maserati’s 62 markets starting from the Summer 2011.


For 2010, Maserati reported €586 million in revenues, an increase of 30.8% over 2009, primarily attributable to excellent sales performance for the new GranCabrio, the GranTurismo and the Quattroporte flagship sedan.

A total of 5,675 cars were delivered to the network during the year, an increase of 26.4%, with positive performance in the majority of Maserati's national markets.

In the USA, Maserati's no. 1 market, volumes were up 45% over the prior year. Excellent results were also achieved in the United Kingdom (+72%) and China (+128%), which has become Maserati's 4th largest market after the USA, Italy and the United Kingdom.

For 2010, Maserati had a trading profit of €24 million (trading margin: 4.1%). The sharp increase over the €11 million trading profit for 2009 (trading margin: 2.5%) is attributable to both higher sales volumes and continued optimisation of operating costs.

Maserati reported €151 million in revenues for Q4 2010, up 17.1% over the same period for the prior year. Trading profit was €8 million for the quarter compared with €5 million for the fourth quarter of 2009.

During the year, the Company released the new GranTurismo MC Stradale, the fastest, lightest and most powerful model in the marque's product range: a top-of-the-line coupé that embodies Maserati's vast experience gained on the racetrack.

Other models presented were the special edition Quattroporte Sport GTS Awards Edition and the GranTurismo MC Trofeo, for which Maserati has organised a single-make championship.


Acclaimed by the motoring press as one of the world’s most-beautiful cars, the Maserati GranCabrio has been a sales success in every market, meeting or exceeding its sales targets worldwide.

The Maserati GranCabrio


The GranCabrio has the longest wheelbase (2942mm) in its segment, yet boasts class-leading structural rigidity, providing added safety, comfort and handling ability.

A critically acclaimed full four-seat convertible, it lacks neither pace nor luxury, with a smooth, fast, six-speed automatic transmission and 323 kW (440 horsepower) available from the 4.7-litre V8 engine.

The GranCabrio’s body was re-engineered to ensure Maserati’s trademark handling and agility remained intact, even as it exploited the long wheelbase to provide class-leading safety and comfort.

It also boasts special materials in its triple-layer cloth roof to ensure thermal and sound insulation, regardless of the outside temperature. The roof mechanism itself is strong and, at 60kg, light, and takes just 20 seconds (28 seconds, if the four independent window movements are taken into account) to fully fold back into its compartment.

The GranCabrio’s early sales have been strongly backed up by the mainstays of the Maserati product range; the GranTurismo coupe and the Quattroporte.


Acclaimed as one of the most beautiful cars of its generation, the Pininfarina-designed GranTurismo is also the car that rewrote the rulebook for fast, comfortable sports cars that could carry four full-sized adults. The GranTurismo has capitalised on all of Maserati’s known qualities, from design to performance, from handling to luxury and from passion to practicality - and encased them in a timelessly sleek package.


The GranTurismo S Automatic
Copyright Maserati/Mario Chiarappa

The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

Powered by a 4.2-litre, all-alloy V8 engine producing 405 horsepower at 7100rpm, the GranTurismo sprints to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds and can reach speeds of up to 285km/h. The GranTurismo S takes the strengths of the GranTurismo and adds Maserati’s 4.7-litre all-alloy V8 engine and the electro-actuated six-speed transaxle gearbox.

There is also an automatic-transmission version of the GranTurismo S, the GranTurismo S Automatic, which combines all of the advantages of the GranTurismo S’s 4.7-litre V8 power plant with all the comfort advantages and silken gearshifts of the 4.2-litre GranTurismo’s six-speed automatic transmission.

The new Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale is the fastest, lightest and most powerful car in the Maserati model line-up. Inspired by the Trofeo GranTurismo MC and the race-winning GT4 motorsport programs, the GranTurismo MC Stradale has more power, less weight, razor-sharp handling and a 301km/h top speed.

Responding to Maserati customer demands for a GranTurismo capable of balancing their road-driving needs with their race-driving desires, it incorporates the handling and aerodynamic lessons from Maserati’s three current racing programmes.

With 331kW (450 horsepower), it has more power (7kW, 10hp) from the 4.7-litre V8 engine than the GranTurismo S, while its 510Nm of torque is a further 20Nm improvement. This helps to slash the 0-100km/h sprint time, which the GranTurismo MC Stradale covers in just 4.6 seconds, and stretches the top speed to 301km/h.

The GranTurismo range can be tuned to a more sporty edge with the MC Sport Line package, first launched in 2008 and now further enriched with new contents. Coming directly from Maserati motorsport expertise, the MC Sport Line offers GranTurismo buyers the chance to upgrade the exterior and interior of their cars, with extensive use of carbon fibre elements.

The MC Sport Line package includes also a stiffer suspension set-up for the GranTurismo S, which further improves handling performance.


The award-winning Quattroporte continues to be a strong and consistent performer for Maserati, both in its sales and in its on-road performance. The range was crowned by the successful debut of the special edition Quattroporte Sport GT S Awards Edition at the Geneva Auto Show in March, 2010, born to celebrate the Quattroporte’s 56 major international design and automotive awards. The range begins with the Quattroporte, moves into the Quattroporte S, with its 4.7-litre V8 engine, and is headlined by the flagship sports sedan, the Quattroporte Sport GT S.

The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S "Awards Edition"


The performance flagship of the four-door range is the Quattroporte Sport GT S. With its sports exhaust system freeing up more power, the 4.7-litre V8 boasts 323kW (440hp) of power at 7000rpm, the Quattroporte Sport GT S retains the Quattroporte S’s 490Nm of torque, but directs its performance more aggressively.


Maserati’s MC12 last year claimed its fifth Drivers’ and sixth Teams championship in just its sixth season in the International FIA GT Championship.

Copyright Maserati/Mario Chiarappa

The victorious Maserati MC12s of the Vitaphone Racing Team
Copyright Maserati/Mario Chiarappa


The 2010 International FIA GT Drivers’ Championship, which has acquired the status of World Championship this year, was won for the fourth time by the Maserati pairing of Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels in the German Vitaphone Racing team MC12.

The MC12’s success in the FIA GT Championship began in the second of four races it entered in late 2004, when Bertolini and Mika Salo won. Maserati joined forces with the Vitaphone Racing Team for the 2005 season, along with the JMB and, from 2007, Playteam racing organisations.

Since its first full season in 2005, the Maserati MC12 has won both the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles every year, with the single exception of the first season’s Driver’s title, when Bertolini and Karl Wendlinger’s JMB MC12 saw the championship slip through their fingers in the season’s final race.

Speed and reliability have been the key factors in the MC12’s prolonged dominance, despite significant changes in the technical regulations. This is due to the car being engineered without innate flaws, based around a highly rigid carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, with an excellent front-to-rear weight distribution, beautifully balanced aerodynamic characteristics and a very low centre of gravity.

These advantages continued to keep the MC12 at the forefront of the FIA GT Championship, even when its naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine, originally 750 HP, was reduced to 630 HP according to 2005 FIA regulations, then to its current 560 HP to comply with the current regulations.

Maserati's participation in the FIA GT since 2005 has produced fourteen titles (and 22 victories) including two Constructors' Cups (2005 and 2007), five Drivers' Titles (Bartels-Bertolini in 2006, Thomas Biagi in 2007, and Bartels-Bertolini in 2008, 2009 and 2010); six Teams' Titles (consecutively since 2005, by the Vitaphone Racing Team); one Citation Cup in 2007 by gentleman driver Ben Aucott (JMB Racing) and three outright victories in the Spa 24 Hours (2005, 2006 and 2008).


Maserati has built on its successful return to international one-make racing in 2010 with an even-stronger, more-innovative Trofeo championship for 2011.

Copyright Maserati/Mario Chiarappa

The Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo
Copyright Maserati/Mario Chiarappa


The first of the 2011 Trofeo’s eight rounds will fire off the grid at Imola in Italy on April 30, before attacking the historic Monza circuit, then visiting Morocco, Belgium, England, Spain and returning to Italy for its final two rounds.

The championship’s format has evolved to include two shorter 30-minute races and, while the next five events retain the standard, 2 x 40-minute race format, the final two events will include two longer, 50-minute races.

The shorter event will be worth 80 percent of full points, while the longer races, which include compulsory pit stops, will be worth 120 percent. Over the course of the season, competitors will also deduct the points from their worst race meeting.

After a successful trial in 2010, all Trofeo competitors will also have one-on-one data analysis sessions with Maserati Corse’s technical staff after free practice to eke out their ultimate performance abilities.

Further, Maserati Corse technicians have upgraded the engine and gearbox software on the 2011 version of the GranTurismo MC Trofeo with a power increase of +38HP – for a total power output of 488HP – and gearshift times down to 60ms. The braking system and car’s aerodynamics have also been revised to improve on-track performance.

Owners of GranTurismo MC with the GT4 configuration will still be able to take part in the championship and can upgrade their cars to 2011 Trofeo specs.

Maserati has a storied history in one-make racing, with its most-recent championships including a series for the GranSport from 2003 to 2006 and for the Ghibli in 1995 and 1996.

Last year’s Trofeo saw 27 cars on the grid for the final event at Mugello, where Pietro Zumerle won the championship in the final race of the season from the combined team of Steven Goldstein and Peter Sundberg.

The Trofeo’s “package” allows drivers to compete by themselves or as part of a team, and they can enter for the whole season or individual races and they can also enter their GranTurismo-based racing cars in either Trofeo or GT4 setups. The all-inclusive cost is between €140,000 and €150,000 (according to option chosen), including managing the cars to logistics and technical assistance on the track, as well as clothing both for races and the paddock.

Starting this year, Maserati will also offer the Maserati Trofeo Racing Academy, a professional program that prepares drivers for competition, resulting in the possibility to enter the Maserati Trofeo with adequate performance and safety.

ROUND 2 14-15 MAY MONZA (ITA) WTCC 2 x 40'
ROUND 4 25-26 JUNE SPA (BEL) GT OPEN 2 x 40’

ALL text and photos courtesy of the Maserati Media Center

From Antonio in Italy

MASERATI 3200 GT 'assetto corsa'

"Hello Enrico,

I am Antonio from Rome. I like to write to you because I have been looking for a Maserati 3200 GT 'assetto corsa' for some years now. So, recently, I discovered an 'assetto corsa' in Bologna. I examined the car in December 2010; I observed that the car was set up as a GT 3200 Assetto Corsa, but there wasn't the plate with the no. of car series and the country of destination on the dashboard.

The car was painted in rosso mondiale ( worldly red ), there are the special sill plates engraved with 'Assetto Corsa', racing-style alloy foot pedals, black leather seats with red stitching and special carbon fibre trim. The wheel arches surround special 15-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels painted in a special dark grey to give a 'Titanium effect' and the special brake callipers were finished in red.

The examination of the car's documentation showed that the first and the second owners were Maserati SpA and Carrozzeria Campana in Modena (Italy). I am the fourth owner.

I phoned the Maserati's Consulenza Storica for advice, and then to Carrozzeria Campana. They confirmed that this 3200 GT was an 'assetto corsa', the first produced in April 2001 and was fitted with a number plate in May 2001, and that the plate on the dashboard was missing because this was a pre-marketing model, that could have been shown at the Geneva Motor Show 2001 and at Melbourne 2001.

Then, I watched the highlight on the 'Assetto Corsa' on your web site and I look that the car in the photos on this highlight seems the same of the car that I buy now. The same colour, the black leather seats with red stitching and special carbon fibre trim and the absence of plate with the no. of car series and the country of destination on the dashboard.

So, now, I send on your web site the photo of this car after ten years.

I tell you that the car is fantastic, the engine is powerful and the progression is excellent. The car has only 46,000 km and was kept with very attention.

With my best regards,

Antonio - Rome, Italy."

Antonio's 3200 GT 'assetto corsa'
















From Patrick in the UK

Maserati 8CLT at the Southward Museum, New Zealand

"Hi Enrico,

I have attached a link to a PDF file which I found on the internet containing information about the Maserati 8CLT in Paraparaumu, New Zealand. I am from there but moved to the UK 27 years ago and didn't even know the existence of this museum!

Check out



Classic Driver magazine: Issue No. 29, Pages 72 & 73

Classic Driver magazine: Issue No. 29, Pages 74 & 75

Classic Driver magazine: Issue No. 29, Pages 76 & 77

To subscribe or order back issues, please visit

From Dave in the UK

Maserati 8CLT at the Goodwood Revival 2008


You've seen Maserati 8CLT #3037, here is its sister #3036 taken at the 2008 Revival.



Maserati 8CLT #3036 on track at the Goodwood Revival 2008

The cockpit identification plate

The specially fabricated oil cooler

Photos courtesy of Dave Smith

From Peter in the UK

Maserati 8CLT at the Southward Museum in 2007

"Hi Henry,

In response to your request on your website for info on the Maserati 8CLT in the Southward Museum in New Zealand, here are some pictures I took when we were there in 2007, plus pics of Chris Amon's 250F.

Sorry about the chains in front of the cars but I wasn't allowed to remove them!

Best regards,


Maserati Tipo 8CLT #3037



Maserati Tipo 250F #2504 (renumbered 2509)



From Premier Auto Design in the UK


Today, the Maserati Quattroporte has firmly established itself as one of the most beautiful four-door saloon cars in the world, so it was refreshing to see the aggressive approach taken by the Japanese aftermarket body tuning experts Wald International.

Wald International offers the Maserati Quattroporte its 'Black Bison' treatment:

The front bumper incorporates modest air intakes, an air splitter and a set of vertically positioned daytime running lights that use LED technology.

The new side skirts are of a particularly clean design.

A rear bumper incorporating a large diffuser, specially designed overlapping double oval exhaust tail pipes and side air vents.

Carbon fibre roof and boot lid spoilers.

The list of modifications available also includes a set of Vossen lightweight alloy rims that use an elegant multi-spoke design.


A more aggresive styling approach for the Quattroporte


An aggressive sporting frontal aspect...

...and an equally effective rear !

Front Bumper Spoiler incorporating an air splitter

Rear Bumper Spoiler incorporating a large diffuser

Daytime running lights using LED technology

Side skirts

Specially designed overlapping double oval exhaust tail pipes

Huge 22" Vossen Monoblock Alloy Wheels

Photos courtesy of Premier Auto Design - European and UK distributors for Wald International




To enter Enrico's Maserati Pages CLICK HERE!

Copyright: Enrico's Maserati Pages - © 2000-2011. All rights reserved.