Lot 164 - 1989 Maserati 228 Biturbo
|Odometer reading||73,376 miles|
|Result||Sold - £9,282|
- Used in the original Maserati press release
- Rare 228 model – one of only 49 right hand drive cars made
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 Biturbo 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 Biturbo 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.
This ultra rare Maserati 228 is presented in red with cream leather interior and was the actual car used in the original press release (a copy of which is in the history file). This is one of only 12 right hand drive cars in the UK and only 49 were ever made. Out of a total ever produced of this particular model, this is car number 163 of 469. The interior is luxuriously appointed and we are told the car drives well, with that evocative exhaust note from its V6 engine ever prominent, making this a joy to drive on the country roads.
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