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Lot 255: Maserati 222 SE Coupé

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

Introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1988, the face-lifted 222 was one of the many variants of the original Maserati Biturbo. Maserati's mainstream model throughout the 1980s and the first series-production road car to employ a twin turbo-charged engine, the Biturbo had debuted in two-door form 1982. Intended to challenge BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the luxury sporting saloon market, the Biturbo was of conventional, front engine/rear drive layout and featured all-independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and an interior boasting sumptuous leather upholstery and plentiful wood veneer trim. The all-steel unitary chassis/body was styled in-house and built by Innocenti, part of the De Tomaso empire like Maserati. ZF five-speed manual and three-speed automatic were the two transmission options initially while a limited-slip differential came as standard. Produced initially with a 2.0-litre, three-valves-per-cylinder V6, the Biturbo gained 2.5-litre, 2.8-litre and 24-valve engines as the model range expanded throughout the 1980s to include four-door saloon and spyder variants. A 2.8-litre engine differentiated the 222 E (Export) and 222 SE from the 2.0-litre 222 model. Maserati claimed a top speed of 143mph for the 222 SE (non-catalysed - 136.5mph with 'cat') only 210 examples of which (including the 222 SR) were built between 1990 and 1991. This rare, right-hand drive 222 SE has the desirable ZF manual five-speed transmission and was previously owned by former saloon car racer Ken Costello, the Kent-based engineer who first popularised the V8 engine conversion for the MGB. Dry stored for eight years and currently displaying a total of 53,000 miles on the odometer, the car has been re-commissioned with new tyres, new brake pads all round and new front discs, and has been fully serviced. We are advised that the bodywork is in good condition, with only minor corrosion on the doors, unlike many Italian cars of this era. The vendor has driven the Maserati to ensure that everything is functioning correctly and describes it as 'a flying machine'. The car comes with current MoT and is offered without reserve.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
Lot Number255
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2875
Condition rating3
Registration number. J365 LOW
Chassis numberZAM331B28LB180424
Engine numberAM473 552669
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors