Tuesday, November 23, 2010

1987 Maserati BiTurbo Spyder

Those of you who have been reading this blog since the early days know that I have an inexplicable "thing" for the Maserati Biturbo.

If you're looking for a car that is reliable, easy to work on, with plentiful and inexpensive parts, a Biturbo is not for you. But, if you don't mind doing a lot of maintenance, a Biturbo is a fast, fun, semi-exotic car that can be bought for the price of a used Hyundai.

Actually, the reliability of the later (1987 and up) cars isn't too bad. (By Biturbo standards.) By 1987 Maserati had corrected many of the car's original flaws. Also, as happens often with older cars, Biturbo owners have figured out how to correct many of the car's remaining problems.

The Biturbo has a lot going for it. The engine puts out around 190 HP. 60 MPH comes in a little over 6 seconds. It's a fairly tough engine and, as long as you do simple things like don't rev the hell out of it before it's warmed up, it should last a good long time.

The Biturbo interior is incredible. It's simple, well laid out and loaded with leather and wood. In my eyes, it's almost perfect.

This particular car will most likely sell for a lot more than the price of a used Hyundai. It's a Spyder (sometimes called a Zagato), which is much rarer than the coupe, and it's a 3000 mile car that is in excellent physical condition. It looks like new.

There is one thing that scares me about this car... For a car that has been "kept in a covered garage" since new, it's had a lot of work done to it. That's not too surprising, as Maseratis, like most Italian cars, need to be driven. The more you drive them, the better they seem to work. This car, having been driven so little, may need some more work in the future. But, if you'd rather turn a wrench than do bodywork or interior restoration, this would be a great car.

Located in Niagra Falls, NY, click here to see the eBay listing.


m4ff3w said...

My lust for a Biturbo is unending. Though, I couldn't live with a Spyder.

Chris Keen said...

Awesome, it's got a "5-Speed Fear Box".

MWC said...

I just gave a laundry list of things wrong with the Sterling in your other post. However, I share the same affinity for Biturbos (especially later ones).