Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bi Polar: 1984 Maserati Biturbo


Owning a Maserati Biturbo is the vehicular equivalent of reading bad romance novels. You'll make fun of it in front of others, claim you wouldn't want one, but that muscly Fabio impersonator on the cover just draws you in like freshly polished Italian red paint.  Sure, the Maserati Biturbo won't be as reliable as a Honda Civic, but life shouldn't be lived in some protective bubble -- sometimes you gotta take a risk that you won't reach your destination. Just keep your phone charged and AAA membership paid up. Find this 1984 Maserati Biturbo here on eBay bidding for $500 with 4 days to go, located in Highland, CA.  (Previous auction ended at $2150 a few days ago...but it has been relisted).


I have to admit that the Biturbo is one of my secret guilty pleasure cars -- I've never pulled the trigger on one, but its got a place in my cheapskate 80s garage collection right between an Infiniti M30 and a Saab 900 Turbo.  The trick to owning cars with questionable reliability isn't about being perfect in maintenance, as much as it is having enough cars that one will start.  Sort of like the Russian method of warfare -- just through enough troops at something and eventually you will reach your destination.


The Biturbo comes with an impressive set of specifications for 1984 -- a 2.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6 that is carburetted and pushes out 185 horsepower into a 5-speed gearbox.  Unfortunately, the Biturbo V6 is not known for its reliability and can hoover up the contents of your wallet like Chris Christie and Rosie O'Donnell tag-teaming an all you can eat shrimp buffet.


The Biturbo was a product of Alejandro de Tomaso's time at the helm of Maserati and actually sold very well, with more than 40,000 examples leaving the production line in Modena.  This one spent some time in storage and is being offered as a "barn find" with 42k  miles on the odo, but it needs a "minor tune up".  Budget appropriately.


See a better $2500 Italian car? Send it here: tips@dailyturismo.com

13 comments:

  1. I've never been drunk enough (and I have gone to jail for being drunk)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am simultaneously attracted and repulsed by that leather.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'd love to know what happened to that front end.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. For real. It almost looks like it hit a small deer or a bicyclist. It is also possible that a mechanic presented a repair bill to the owner of the car who, in turn, punched the mechanic in the face. The owner then hit the mechanic with the Maserati as he was trying to crawl away. Best guess.

      Delete
    2. Andrew has to get comment of the week, if not the month for that one. Now I'm going to clean up the coffee I spewed on my desk.

      Delete
    3. I agree with Arlow, comment of the week.

      I was wondering why a car with only 42K on it needed the just drivers seat reupholstered. Then I imagined what happened on the seat every time the car made an expensive clank noise and suddenly stopped dead in the fast lane on the freeway. Also wonder if the pet rat that chewed the console arm rest is included in the buy it now price?

      Delete
  4. Sooner or later I'm going to say "screw it" and buy one of these.

    ReplyDelete
  5. With the going rate for one in good shape, I'm not so sure this is any bargain, especially given the front end damage.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Meticulously maintained? Don't think so. I'm with Mike W.: SBC

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I almost emailed the seller to abuse them for using that terminology, until I saw they had service records until 35k miles. So I guess it was meticulously maintained......until it wasn't meticulously maintained anymore.

      Delete
  7. I think the frontend damage is from wiggling off the Hook.....Lucky Bastard love the econo Batt. !

    ReplyDelete
  8. Am I the only one who thinks this seller is an alter ego of another ebayer charity seller...I won't mention names but he sells lots of "donated" RV's and travel trailers.

    They both have almost identical listing formats and if you navigate to carsfor2k's photobucket, it has photos from the other sellers old listings.

    ReplyDelete

Commenting Commandments:
I. Thou Shalt Not write anything your mother would not appreciate reading.
II. Thou Shalt Not post as anonymous unless you are posting from mobile and have technical issues. Use name/url when posting and pick something Urazmus B Jokin, Ben Dover. Sir Edmund Hillary Clint Eastwood...it don't matter. Just pick a nom de plume and stick with it.
III. Honor thy own links by using <a href ="http://www.linkgoeshere"> description of your link </a>
IV. Remember the formatting tricks <i>italics</i> and <b> bold </b>
V. Thou Shalt Not commit spam.
VI. To embed images: use [image src="http://www.IMAGE_LINK.com" width="400px"/]. Limit images to no wider than 400 pixels in width. No more than one image per comment please.