Monday, October 27, 2014

3k: Don't Mase Me Bro: 1984 Maserati Biturbo Coupe 5 Spd

About once a week I drive by a Maserati Biturbo tucked in a private driveway, covered in a fine layer of dirt and patina.  The little coupe hasn't moved in at least a decade, and it sorta makes you wonder why people store cars for decades, especially in dense urban environments with little spare room.  The owner could be planning a long term restoration, totally forgotten about the car, or waiting for the Biturbo market to blossom...but that poor little car will be there for at least another decade...or more.  Even nice examples are cheap, like this one!  Find this 1984 Maserati Biturbo Coupe 5 Spd offered for $3,250 in Hayward, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.




The Maserati Biturbo was a small 2+2 coupe penned by Pierangelo Andreani and built from 1981 to 1994.  The budget supercoupe was a product of  Alejandro de Tomaso's time at the helm of Maserati and actually sold very well all things considered with more than 40,000 examples leaving the production line in Modena.


The Biturbo comes with an impressive set of specifications for 1984 -- a 2.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6 that is carburetted to push out 185 horsepower.  Unfortunately, the Biturbo V6 is about as reliable as picking Amanda Bynes for a sober companion.  Expect to be abandoned/stranded on a regular basis.


This particular Biturbo Coupe is in decent cosmetic shape and the seller includes a novel sized description to go with his pictures, but some of the details don't sound promising -- Battery main shut off switch installed in the engine compartment... I've noticed that it seems to run a little rich... I noticed recently that the starter will click sometimes before starting.  These issues in an older Honda might mean you need to spend a weekend sorting things out - but in an older Italian car, it means you might park it on the side of your house and not touch it for 25 years. 


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9 comments:

  1. A friend's dad owned one some years back and before it caught on fire it was awesome. It was fast and made cool sounds and there was a lot of leather and things that could break. It felt like a lot more than 185hp, that number seems low to me.

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    1. Unfortunately fire was a common problem with early BiTurbos. Back in the early 90's the local Alfa club had a tech session at the Alfa/Ferrari/Mazer dealer. There was a BiTurbo in the shop with the engine out. I tried not to get to close to it, lest my wallet get sucked out of my back pocket of my jeans...

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  2. One would think that someone would have figured out a good engine swap for these, but I've never seen one done.

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    1. Whenever I see one I wonder how difficult it would be to swap out it's awful guts for something that isn't specifically designed to hate you back while you're driving it. The old Jaguars were lucky with their Chevy transmissions, I've never seen it done on one of these.

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  3. For a CL ad the seller is alarmingly thorough. And a trifle excited/excitable given his prolific use of the !!! Looks like it is in that sweet spot where you can drive it for a little while, scratch the Biturbo itch and then sell it for about the same money or so.

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    1. from my (OK, vast... VAAAAST) CL dredging experience the ad is a far outlier in terms of info - my note to the tips line was:

      encyclopedia italianicca - didn't see that coming - obviously cared for - not expensive either - all that talk you'd think he was gearing up for a 5-figure ask

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  4. These cars were appealing to me in my naive teenage years. Even test drove a couple. True, one of these would be fun to have for a while, but only with some "expected maintenance" funds in the bank and a devoted friend with a car-hauler. Makes me imagine how awesome these things would have been with the reliability and build quality of a Toyota! Though these look a little too much like a VW Fox, I still think they are cool. Google Maserati Shamal or Ghibli II. You will see what later versions of these cars looked like in the old country. The flares are cool, just don't look at the rear end of the Shamal without wearing a welding mask.

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    1. I didn't understand your welding helmet comment until I Google Imaged a Shamal.....more lights on the tail end of that car than the new Dodge Charger...

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  5. Read a brilliant comment about these once, I think from the Shitbox Market Letter. Couldn't find it on the Google, but I recall it was something like: "The Maserati Biturbo is not a car. It is a clock, rather garishly surrounded by pigskin. And if you opt for the convertible, you cannot even be guaranteed of keeping your clock dry."

    Chebby

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