Lot 374 - 1983 Maserati Bi-Turbo Spyder
|Odometer reading||60,752 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,840|
When Alejandro de Tomaso acquired Maserati in 1976, he had ambitious plans for the marque. His plan was to combine the prestige of the Maserati brand with a sports car that would be more affordable than the earlier high-priced models that had traditionally made up the Maserati range.
The Maserati Bi-turbo features, as the name implies, a two-litre V6 engine with two turbochargers and a luxurious interior. The car was designed by Pierangelo Andreani, an engineer from the De Tomaso team, somewhat influenced by the design of the newer Quattroporte III (Italdesign Giugiaro), as can be observed on the front fascia.
The Bi-turbo was initially a strong seller and brought Italian prestige to a wide audience and competed (unsuccessfully) in the British Touring Car Championship in the late 1980's, the European Touring Car Championship and the 1987 World Touring Car Championship.
The Spyder version was introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1984 and was designed and built by the world class designers, Zagato. Overall 3,076 were built over a ten-year period, setting a production record for Maserati Spyders.
Originally acquired in 1994 this model has been owned and used by the vendor's wife for the last 19 years. Shortly after purchase, it was restored meticulously by specialists, Carcraft in South West London. A full 12½ years of MoT test certificates exist alongside parts invoices and a branded workshop manual. Upgrades and maintenance include a stainless steel exhaust system, a new clutch in 2008 and new cambelts in 2013. Complete with the original centre dash clock, this extremely well-cared for example has been cherished and represents a fine looking example.
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