Maserati Model Collection

"In questi ultimi giorni la pubblicità televisiva ha dato risalto alla vendita di alcuni quotidiani con allegato l'omaggio del modellino della Maserati quattroporte del 2003. I modelli sono spariti in poche ore dalle edicole, a testimonianza che sta ritornando la grande passione per la Maserati."

"Il nostro socio Alessandro Rossini ci ha comunicato che:

Volevo fare presente tramite la segreteria ai soci del BCI che è iniziata da oggi una collezione di 25 modellini Maserati acquistabili esclusivamente con i quotidiani Il Resto del Carlino, Il Giorno, La Nazione. Oggi c'era in omaggio la Maserati quattroporte del 2003 e nelle prossime settimane fino ad agosto altri modellini di cui molti inediti (inclusi 3 mod. Biturbo cioè la prima versione del 1982; la Spider 1985 e la Karif 1988). Mi spiace di aver dato comunicazione solo ora, ma non è mai troppo tardi.

Ringraziamo Sandro e attenti alla prossima uscita.

Il segretario

Antonio Scarpetta."

"Over the past few days a special advertising campaign has been seen on television announcing that a free model of the 2003 Maserati Quattroporte is to be given free with certain daily newspapers. The models disappeared within a few hours of the newspapers going on sale, testimony of a return of the great passion for Maserati."

"Our fellow member Alessandro Rossini wrote:

I would like to inform members of the Biturbo Club Italia via the secretary that commencing today a collection of 25 Maserati models will be available exclusively through the following newspapers; Il Resto del Carlino, Il Giorno and La Nazione. Today's free model was the Maserati Quattroporte of 2003 and during the next few weeks until August other models many of which are unknown altri modellini di cui molti inediti (including 3 Biturbo models namely the original 1982 version, the 1985 Biturbo Spider and the 1988 Karif). I'm sorry to have only just informed you, but it's never too late.

Thank you Sandro and we'll see you at our next meeting.

The secretary

Antonio Scarpetta.".


The 25 models that make up this exciting collection

01 21-02-2005 Maserati Quattroporte 2003  

At the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show, Maserati launched this new Italian luxury saloon. This car designed by Pininfarina reveals a modern elegant line that brings back memoeies of the original Quattroporte of the Fifties. The result is an outstandingly beautiful exclusive luxury foor-door saloon powered by a 400 bhp V8 engine.

02 25-02-2005 Maserati Spyder GT 2001  

The Spyder is the result of a project to design a coupe based on an entirely new chassis, engine, gearbox and transmission. The most obvious change in direction is the adoption of a new normally aspirated engine giving a less peaky torque curve, ensuring a smoother drive.

03 04-03-2005 Maserati 250F F1 1957  

The 250F, one of the most extraordinary and best loved front-engined monopostos in Formula One histor. It is the car that driven by Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1957 World Championship, thus elevating the name of Maserati to the list of car manufacturers that have achieved the greatest prize in motor sport.

04 11-03-2005 Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa 2002  

For their 2002 Coupe, Maserati kept the same overall design of the Giugiaro 3200GT but due to pressure from US market forces did away with the charismatic 'boomerang' rear light cluster. For the power unit, Maserati installed the normally aspirated V8 engine fitted to the Spyder, thereby shelving the turbocharged unit of its predecessor.

05 18-03-2005 Maserati 450S GP Cuba 1958  

A car with excellent road holding and extraordinary power. It was developed to compete for the World Sportscar Championship and its performance was so great that during its lifetime very few drivers were able to handle its 400 bhp.

06 25-03-2005 Maserati A6 GCS Street 1953  

It is one of the most beautiful sports cars to ever grace a motor racing circuit and built to achieve success in important races such as the Mille Miglia.
Produced in 1953, thanks to its memorable good looks and innovative mechanics it soon touched the hearts of Maserati's sporty patrons and its 'commercial' success was guaranteed.

07 01-04-2005 Maserati Ghibli 1967  

At the 1964 at the Salone di Torino a new coupé appeared on the Carozzeria Ghia stand. This two door coupé was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, a highly talented young designer who so impressed Omer Orsi, the son of Adolfo, that he employed the design for the next Maserati Gran Turismo.
In 1966, Maserati launched the Ghibli at the Salone di Torino initially to complement, but eventually to replace, the Mistral, but above all to satisfy the demands of its customers who now demanded an even faster and more powerful car. Characterized by its low harmonious line and long wide flowing bonnet, it embodoied all the typical sporting concepts one associates with Maserati's sporting tradition.

08 08-04-2005 Maserati Mistral 1964  

Maserati entrusted to Pietro Frua the task of designing a new two-seater coupé, based on the Tipo 109 chassis. So was born the Mistral, the first in a series a classic Maseratis to be given the name of a wind and the last model from the Casa del Tridente to be equipped with a straight six cylinder engine before Maserati moved on to V8 engines for their production cars.

09 15-04-2005 Maserati Khamsin 1974  

This model was named after an Egyptian desert wind and was put forward as the likely successor to the Ghibli. The result was the splendid Khamsin, designated Tipo 120 by the factory, a car designed by one of Bertone's more talented young designers, Marcello Gandini. Gandini created an unusual two-plus-two seater coupé with a slender pointed line and exceptional performance. However, production was soon brought to an end in 1974 due to the oil crisis, as a result of the 'Yom Kippur War'.

10 22-04-2005 Maserati A6G 2000 Spyder Frua 1952  

Alfieri, 6 cilindri, Ghisa”, thus an explanation for the name given to this model, that at the time was both mysterious and technological.
We are speaking of an attractive shapely 'barchetta' powered by a very potent engine, with a cast iron block (ghisa), and a particularly aerodynamic body.

11 29-04-2005 Maserati Trofeo 2002  

The 4200 GT was prepared in this configuration for the Trofeo Challenge, a monomaque race series staged at the world's most important circuits.
It was presented in the traditional blue and white colours of the US Camoradi race team to promote the return of Maserati to the North American market.

12 06-05-2005 Maserati 3500 GTI 1961  

In response to a demand for a high quality GT from its foreign customers, and from its home market thanks to an improving economy, in 1957 Maserati produced the 3500 GT. In 1961 it was renamed the 3500 GTI, due to a shift from carburettors to fuel injection, giving improved performance whilst drastically reducing its fuel consumption.

13 13-05-2005 Maserati 8CTF Boyle Indianapolis 1939  

A car with an extraordinary career; it boasted one of the longest and most illustrious of any competition car.
Built to compete in the Grand Prix category, in 1939, driven by Wilbur Shaw, it gained a sensational victory at Indianapolis and a feat it repeated in 1940. The only Italian marque ever to win the Indianapolis 500.
From that moment it became the indisputable standard-bearer not only at the Indianapolis 'brickyard' but also at all oval tracks in the United States.

14 20-05-2005 Maserati Karif 1988  

Described in promotion literature as a 'berlinetta', the Karif was based on the mechanics of the Biturbo. Returning to a Maserati tradition, it was named after a wind, this time, a strong southwesterly wind on the southern shore of the Gulf of Aden.
This two-seater 'berlinetta' whose body was based on the short wheel platform of the Biturbo Spyder, was equipped and finished to a very high standard and powered by a potent 2.8-litre V6 engine.

15 27-05-2005 Maserati 151 Le Mans 1962  

This berlinetta, built specifically to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, was based on a traditional design with its front-mounted engine and a tubular chassis made from large diameter tubing. However its cut-off tail and and its low barycentre are evidence of the remarkable technical progress being made as a result of advanced aerodynamic research.

16 03-06-2005 Maserati 150S 1956  

"If a racing car’s first victory is also its greatest, this cannot be seen as a criticism. After all, not every new racer wins on its first outing. Among those that have, the Maserati 150S stands out for the dramatic nature of its success, scored on one of the greatest circuits of all, Germany’s tortuous Nürburgring. France’s Jean Behra drove the brand new Maserati 150S to victory over 22 laps (500 kilometres) of the ‘Ring on 28 August 1955." -

17 10-06-2005 Maserati Biturbo 1982  

By the mid-seventies, Maserati was in deep trouble and set to go out of business. Alejandro De Tomaso aided by GEPI, a state institution set up to aid companies in financial difficulties, re-organised the company. His aim was to produce an affordable Maserati that could compete with the BMW 3 series.
The Maserati Biturbo was launched on the 14th December 1981. A four-seater sports coupe powered by a twin-turboed 180 bhp 2-litre V6 engine capable of 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of around 135 mph.

18 17-06-2005 Maserati 2000 Gran Turismo Spyder 1955  

Now that I have all the models in my possession, far from being the previously described by me as "the most disappointing model so far", it is a rare A6G 2000 Spyder with coachwork by Zagato.

When I saw an earlier photo, I didn't recognise this model, so to be certain, I sent a photo to a Maserati expert and here is his reply:


This looks like a mixture between a 3500GT Vignale Spyder at the front, Zagato A6G Spyder in the middle and Frua A6G Spyder at the rear, with a little Alfa Giulietta Spider thrown in for good measure. Safe to say I won’t be ordering one!!


19 24-06-2005 Maserati Bora 1971 Yellow Witch

This two-seater sports coupè, with its centrally mounted engine, was named Bora after a wind from the Northern Adriatic Sea. The bodywork was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro as a compromise between the modern trend at the time and the traditional design so typical of Maserati's long sporting tradition.

This was characterised by the remarkable comfort and quietness offered to both driver and passenger, guaranteeing maximum comfort but not at the expense of its sporting soul.

20 01-07-2005 Maserati Merak 1972 Grey

Following on from the commercial success of the Bora, Maserati produced this lower priced sporty coupe, adopting the Tipo C.114 3-litre 6-cylinder engine designed By Giulio Alfieri for the Citroen SM. It was designed to appeal to a broader market and to compete with the Ferrari 308 GTB and the Lamborghini Urraco.

Designer the Giorgetto Giugiaro had used a good many mechanical and body parts from the Bora to keep production costs down.

21 08-07-2005 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 1985 Maserati Red

During the middle of the 1980s Maserati decided to add a spyder to their Biturbo range. The design and construction was entrusted to Zagato of Milan.

The resulting design, based on the Biturbo's wedge shaped form, was both elegant and pleasing to the eye. The Biturbo Spyder was available with a 182 bhp 2-litre engine for the home market and a 192 bhp 2.5-litre (later 2.8-litre 225bhp) version was available for export.

22 15-07-2005 Quattroporte 3.2i V8 Evoluzione 1998 Dark Blue

The Quattroporte V8 Evoluzione was the final 'evolution' of the Quattroporte IV and was launched in 1998. Produced in 1994 and available with a choice of 2.0 or 2.8-litre V6 engines, a 3.2-litre V8 engine was available in 1996.

This high-powered front-engined sports saloon equipped with rear-wheel drive possessed truly blistering acceleration and a remarkable top speed. It was described by one Italian motoring magazine as a 'Family Rocket'. Production of the Quattroporte IV ended in 2001.

23 22-07-2005 Maserati 420 M Eldorado 1959 White

The 420M/58 - Eldorado was constructed in 1958-59 for the '500 Miglia di Monza' and the 'Indianapolis 500' it was powered by a 4.2-litre V8 (derived from the 450S but reduced in size to meet Indy car regulations) with a maximum power output of 410 bhp.

The body was specially designed for the banked circuits of Monza and Indianapolis by Medardo Fantuzzi with special attention paid to its aerodynamic aspect. The high rear fin and streamlined body are the result.

Production of the 'Eldorado' was made possible by the sponsorship of the Eldorado Ice Cream Company. The company in return requested the cream-white livery to advertise their product.

24 29-07-2005 Maserati 5000GT 1960 Blue

In 1958 Maserati were asked by the Shah of Persia to build a one-off road car based on the 450S. The Maserati engineers decided to use a modified version of the 3500GT's tubular chassis into which went the massive V8 5-litre 4-cam engine with body styling by Touring.

A second car almost identical to the Shah's car was presented at the 1959 Turin Motor Show. A total of 34 cars were produced between 1959 and 1964.

25 05-08-2005 Maserati Coupe GranSport 2004 Blu Mediterraneo

The GranSport name has special symbolic significance for Maserati as it was first used in the 1950s for the elegant two-litre coupe designed by the Carozzeria Frua on the chassis of the famous A6 G model.

The Maserati GranSport’s normally aspirated 4244cc V8 engine produces 400bhp and has all the character of the most advanced racing engines with dry sump lubrication and twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank and four-valves-per-cylinder hydraulic tappets. The intake cams also feature variable phase timing.


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