MASERATI 3200GT: YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO
Yes, the one with the boomerang-shaped taillights - yours for surprisingly little cash, it seems
That’s not to say that the 3200GT was universally loved. Critics derided its firm ride, and complained that the hair-trigger throttle and turbo lag made delivering the power accurately slightly tricky, often resulting in lurid and somewhat wide-eyed oversteery moments. They also pointed out that some of the switchgear felt a bit cheap and … well … Fiat-derived. Which, to be fair, it was. Live with those flaws, however, and the 3200 revealed some splendid benefits. Tame the turbos, for example, and the chassis offered a relatively rewarding driving experience. The interior, meanwhile, was richly upholstered with thick carpets and supple leather, and up front sat a sonorous 3.2-litre twin-turbo V8 that propelled it to 62mph in 5.1 seconds and a notably unrestricted top speed of 174mph.
4200GT – which, despite looking broadly the same, was a much-improved car, with a naturally-aspirated 4.2-litre V8.It did, however, lose a little of the character and charm of the original, most notably at the back end, where those slender taillights were replaced by more generic elephant-foot items.
But with the 3200GT now available at sub-£10,000, it’s still a very tempting proposition. This one’s the cheapest in our classifieds, and while we’d normally advise against buying the cheapest around, it has to be said that it looks like a sound example. It’s been in storage for two years, so there’s no MOT or tax – one of the reasons for that low price – but then again, the car’s only covered 51,000 miles, and comes with a full history that shows evidence of clutch and cambelt changes. It’s a manual, too, which is the one to have – a six-speeder that’s way better than the slow old four-speed in the Automatica. And while the rather blue interior is a little bilious, it does at least sit acceptably with the silver paintwork. So, a curvy V8-powered Maserati for £7,500, then. Yep, we’re tempted!
Why you should: An Italian GT that looks this good, for this price? Are you kidding?
Why you shouldn't: An Italian GT with no MOT and a blue interior? Are you kidding?
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