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Lot 32 - 1988 Maserati Biturbo

1988 Maserati Biturbo

Estimated at £3,500 - £4,500

Lot details
Registration No: E740DPM
Chassis No: ZAM331B25H3180097
Mot Expiry: Nov 2007

"Twin turbos or not, there was lag; everything is relatively placid until the tach needle approaches 4000rpm, and then -- blast off! The sudden burst of power can be dicey at the proverbial 10/10ths, as the somewhat tail-happy Biturbo wants to switch ends. The car's powerful brakes are a bit rear-lock sensitive too. And the engine, despite its willingness to rev, occasionally hiccups on acceleration. But then, that's entertainment!" (Road & Track, August 1990)
Introduced in December 1981, the Biturbo was Maserati's first 'mass production' design. Instigated by the marque's then owner, Alejandro De Tomaso, it utilized a monocoque chassis equipped with McPherson-strut front and trailing-arm rear suspension, power-assisted rack and pinion steering, a limited slip differential and disc brakes. Powered by a reworked version of the Italian market Merak 2.0 SOHC V6 engine featuring three-valves per cylinder (two inlet, one exhaust) and twin turbochargers (one per bank), the initial launch model was capable of an impressive 135mph. However, as the range grew to encompass four-door and spyder variants so the installation of larger 2.5litre and 2.8litre powerplants brought even greater performance.
Finished in white with brown cloth upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in "very good" condition with regard to its 2491cc engine, five-speed manual gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis, bodywork, paintwork and wheels / tyres. Believed to have covered just 37,000 miles from new, 'E740 DPM' is reportedly accompanied by "a combination of Maserati and specialist stamps / invoices which date from 1988 to the present day". Said to "drive fantastically", it boasts multi-spoke alloy wheels, air-conditioning and a gold clock. Something of a performance bargain, this low mileage Biturbo is offered for sale with "lots of service history, all handbooks / manuals" and MOT certificate valid until November 2007

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