PH buying guide: Maserati 3200 GT


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
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
'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


Buying Guide contents
Introduction
Powertrain
Rolling chassis
Body
Interior
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  • slowmatt 03 Aug 2012

    I love the lights and if it's any thing like its younger brother the purchasing of these is the bargain of the century. My Dad's had the 4200 Spyder for 6 years, it's even taking me and my lady around France on honeymoon next week. Touch wood it won't have it's first ever breakdown!

  • johnnyBv8 03 Aug 2012

    Worth updating price of an Assetto Corsa - whilst I'd love to stay they start at £20k, that's the very top end. A decent one is £16k upwards.

    Edited by johnnyBv8 on Friday 3rd August 07:33

  • JayTee94 03 Aug 2012

    I am very interested in these and love those lights. I have made it my goal to either get this or a Grandsport in my 20's. It seems the price varies, I have seen decent looking examples for £9,000 but then I have seen a 49,000 miler Assetto Course for £12,895 a month or two back.

    O/T - The Citroen C3 we have at the monent has a similar light arrangement at the moment. wink



    Sorry! paperbag


  • johnnyBv8 03 Aug 2012

    JayTee94 said:
    I am very interested in these and love those lights. I have made it my goal to either get this or a Grandsport in my 20's. It seems the price varies, I have seen decent looking examples for £9,000 but then I have seen a 49,000 miler Assetto Course for £12,895 a month or two back.
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    Sorry! paperbag
    Gransport, not Grandsport. And Corsa, not Course wink

    Are you sure it wasnt the silver cat c (or d?) one at £12895? Poor quality reair - been around for ages.

    There are always cheap cars available, but they can be money pits. A decent, standard 3200 starts at £11-12k.

  • jakesmith 03 Aug 2012

    No first hand experience as is usually the case on these forums but this has got to be one of the cars that I have read & heard the most horror stories about from a running costs point of view, (along with the DB7 & SL55 AMG). My friend's boss who retired from banking at 45 found it painfully expensive to run, in fact he likened it to an 18 year old Brazillian model girlfriend "looks great, makes a a fantastic noise but oh-so-needy"

    Obviously that perception is held by the public and the trade as even 5 years ago before the credit crunch you could pick these up under £15k

    Also they don't look that fast on paper any more compared to the likes of the 335i but that might feel different in the driver's seat

    I'm sure many people love them & have had a super experience though

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