Wednesday, November 23, 2011

1985 Maserati Biturbo

If you've been reading this blog for awhile you know about my love of the Maserati Biturbo.

As I've mentioned in the past, if you're looking for a trouble free, low maintenance car, don't buy a Biturbo. However, 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.

The 2.5 liter, three-valve per cylinder (two intake, one exhaust) twin turbo engine puts out roughly 185 HP. It gets the car to 60 MPH in less than 7 seconds. It's a tough engine that, if treated properly and well maintained, will last a long time.

Biturbos have more than their fair share of problems. Electrical problems (lots of them) being the most common. Other issues include faulty timing belt tensioners and leaking carburetors. (Yes, inside that beautiful plenum is a two-barrel Weber carburetor.)

When buying a Biturbo it is best to buy one from an enthusiast owner or reputable dealer. Buying one off the back line of your local used car lot or finding an unfinished project is usually a recipe for disaster.

This car is a one owner car that is being offered by a reputable dealer. It has a bit of rust (most in the Northeast will, but Biturbos don't rust as badly as most similar era Italian cars), but the interior looks to be in good condition, with just a couple of seam splits in the front seats.

To some people this car's automatic transmission will be a deal breaker. In my mind though, this car is not a racer, but more or a weekend cruiser. In that context an automatic wouldn't be too bad.

The asking price is $3200.00 and the seller is taking offers. There is also something about the car qualifying for "$550.00 cash back", but it's not explained, so you'll have to contact the dealer to find out what that's all about.

Located in Staten Island, NY, click here to see the eBay ad.


m4ff3w said...

Biturbos are incredibly fun to drive. I can't wait to get mine back on the road.

Anonymous said...

Yeah,$550.large, cash on the barrelhead if you dump the body at fresh Kills on your way to the DMV... Capish?

Anonymous said...

Actually I always thought the automatic might be the better choice for this car. I think it is a version of the Chrysler Torqueflite, so replacements might be more readily available. Also there would be a very slightly less chance someone had over-revved the thing by missing a shift with the 5-speed. That said, these are apparently cars that respond to care and punish those with poor maintenance habits. And they do rust.....
(and yeah, I would like to get one as a toy one day.)