The first of the 'modern' Maseratis, but is it a secondhand Latin nightmare or a used Italian hero?
Few cars generate as many extreme emotions as the Maserati 3200 GT, and that's just from those who own the car. Almost every PHer we've spoken with has tales of emotional highs and lows with the 3200 GT as they ride the rollercoaster of falling in love with the looks and drive and then experiencing the pain, and cost, of ownership.
Italian GT glam is yours from just £8K
With this in mind, and with 3200 GT prices now apparently bottomed out at around £8,000, we reckon it's time to look into owning this first of the modern-era Maseratis. For £8,000, you'll be looking at a 3200 GT that's possibly had a harder life than most and with higher miles, but for a little more outlay you can bag a good one from around £12,000, while the Assetto Corsa starts at £20,000.
Introduced in 1998, the GT comes with a twin-turbo 3.2-litre V8 engine putting out 370bhp. It was enough for 174mph flat out and 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds for the six-speed manual version that cost from £60,575. Launched alongside the manual was a four-speed automatic version called, appropriately, the Automatica with a four-speed self-shifter for 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and 168mph top-end.
'Boomerang' lights a distinctive trademark
The Assetto Corsa model was limited to a production run of 250, with 75 destined for the UK. It enjoyed lower, firmer suspension with intelligent electronic damping, plus various other tweaks to make it the best 3200 GT from a keen driver's perspective. The V8 engine remained unchanged for the Assetto Corsa, which means identical performance figures for the manuals that came to the UK, plus the automatic gearbox-equipped models sold elsewhere in the world.
When production of the 3200 GT, with its distinctive 'boomerang' rear lights, ended in 2002, Maserati has sold a total of 4,795 GTs of all types worldwide.
Owner's view: The 3200 GT is a car that I still can't get my head around properly. The owning experience is firmly split in two halves: owning it and keeping it going. Generally servicing and repairs is only a small part of owning a car, but over the years of ownership it has become such a prevalent part of the GT experience that it deserves at least 50 per cent of your attention. Costas Kalaitzakis
How do you go about getting content added to the buyers guide??
A little footnote around the keys piece:
If you change the battery in your key fob and a small piece of plastic falls out... put it back in!! It is the transponder for the immobiliser.
Thanks to a helpful member on sportsmaserati.com I was able to leave Halfords car park, after dropping my key and having to re-seat the battery, I kept hold of the unmarked piece of plastic without a clue about what it was and then wasn't able to start the car... for an hour!
ajb10107 Jan 2013
Oh and what colour is the interior?
Pictures will be forthcoming... just as soon as we get a good enough run of weather that I can do my car cleaning bit on it
Mine has the Tan interior, I'd've preferred Ivory... but hey, I drove it and loved it
Contigo16 Dec 2012
When I was looking about 2 years ago they were averaging about 11K for a good one with some of the older models at 7-8K. Gone are those days and they have actually appreciated in price alot since then. I do regret not buying one!
theironduke16 Dec 2012
I've just bought a 2000 Black 3200 GT... I'm still grinning. It's only done 45k and yes... there are a few things to be sorted, which were negotiated out of the purchase price.