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Lot 404: 1989 Maserati Bi-Turbo Zagato Spyder SE

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

When Alessandro de Tomaso acquired Maserati in 1976, he had ambitious plans for the marque. His aim 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 range. In fact, Maserati ceased altogether making supercars, such as the Bora and Khamsin, developed under Citron ownership. Presented at Modena on December 14, 1981, on the anniversary of the founding of Maserati in 1914, the Bi-Turbo was the product of the de Tomaso group design centre.Whilst there were apparent similarities with the Merak V6, the engine was a new design supercharged by two turbo'-compressors and with three valves per cylinder. Whilst released with a two litre engine in domestic markets, for tax purposes, in foreign markets the car was powered by a 2.5 litre export version, using the same motor that would be used in the 425; in 1983 the range was extended with the Bi-Turbo S which provided another 25bhp and an increase in top speed. With only three owners since its construction in 1989, this low mileage piece of Italian exotica represents extremely good value. The last owner, in fact, had it for some 12 years, and because he lived on the island of Jersey he used it little. The speedometer records a warranted 25,150 miles. Described as excellent in every respect, we can indeed confirm that it is in unusually good condition, the current owner being an experienced collector of high performance and classic cars. Maserati has a reputation for reliability issues and so it is important to be able to show a full Maserati service history, and this Bi-Turbo comes with just that. All MoT test certificates are also present right back to 1996, and this well priced twin turbo'd sports car has a MoT test certificate valid for another 10 months as well as a UK registration document. Even the fabled elliptical clock is present and working. Good value, good condition and good fun!

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number404
Estimate£7000-£11000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£9000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1989
Condition rating
Registration numberG317 GLD
Mileage-
Chassis numberZAM333BZ8AKA19017
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
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