Saturday, February 6, 2016

Three's A Crowd: 1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati

It is always interesting to see what kind of cars end up congregating in their owner's driveways like the unintended result of a captive breeding program gone horribly awry.  Usually the cars you see are ones that cost less for a parts car than parts -- think Saab 900, Triumph Spitfire, Volkswagen Beetle -- but today we've got a treat for you from the Italian branch of Chrysler.  Find these 1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati offered for $1,500 in Fairfield, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

The Chrysler TC by Maserati  was the result of a strange friendship between Lee Iacocca and  Alejandro de Tomaso.  The Q-bodies was a modified version of the Chrysler K-car that started by being stamped in Torino, then to Sparone for some welding/pre-assembly and on to Milan for final assembly.  The engine was a Chrysler Turbo II 4-cylinder, but a few had Maserati designed cylinder heads cast by Cosworth and finished by Maserati -- but these appear to be the early automatic Chrysler built ones.

See another car with a plastic chair covering the license plate?


  1. Top looks like an Andy Warhol painting subject.

  2. I smell a whole crapcan racing team here.

    They were horrid cars, but...what a theme...

  3. How much for the Child's chair blocking the lic. plate ? ROFL

  4. I always think it's funny that people cover license plates...especially from cars that have been sitting for years, what exactly is going to happen?

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    2. That depends I guess on where you live.

      In California, as these cars are, if you haven't filed a notice of non-operation with the state and paid the fee (used to be $5, now $20) they'll come after you for back registration fees. He may be asking $1500 for these cars, but the DMV might ask another $500 or more each to put them back on the road - California buyer beware. That's part of how California 'encourages' people to scrap old cars.

      Many municipalities (not just in California) also have rules against having non-operational vehicles sitting around; in this case it looks this guy's driveway won't exactly permit him to move them without driving onto a public street, and as soon as he does that with a non-registered vehicle it can be towed anyway. far as I'm concerned there's perfectly good reason to do it ESPECIALLY on a vehicle that has been sitting for years.

    3. Understandable.

      I still think it's stupid to cover the plate with your finger/trash bag/dvd case of Napoleon Dynamite on 2-3 year old cars with good registration and nothing to hide...drives me nuts.

  5. The ubiquitous fad of covering a license plate, a side event on CL ads far and wide, may also be some sellers may be wanted by the po-po. Putting that lunacy aside for the lunacy of anyone owning 1, never mind 3 of these unfortunate rigs. Its like making a deal with the best pizza maker in Italy to bake your recipe and ship them back. Unfortunately you sent a recipe for velveeta and ketchup on a hamburger bun.

    Velveeta and Ketchup on a Supermarket White Bread Bun, By Umberto of Roma Classico Pizzas.

    Still the same shit with a terribly tacky affectation stuck on it.

    PS: We need to get this guy to start a support group with the fella who had the three Sterling "Acura" Coupes a while back.


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