Maserati 3200 GT: Spotted


This business of buying a really interesting old car for the sort of money that wouldn't buy you a new car - say £10k - is all very well, but if you've only got that much to spend on a car are you going to have the wherewithal to be able to pay the running costs an older and more exotic car will doubtless demand? Actually, that's your affair - we don't care. After all, our job is merely to tempt your appetite, and yours is to control it.

However, before you do control it take a look at this Maserati 3200 GT we've found in the classifieds. A good-looking and popular car, the 3200 GT, but this one is of course featured here because of its bargain-basement price tag: £9995. Dare you take the plunge on something so richly furnished and convincingly badged and yet so goddam cheap?


The car in the ad certainly makes a convincing case for itself, and you can't diss a 3200 GT, especially one with the boomerang rear lights. The engine is its heart, though. Under that elegant bonnet the 90-degree 3.2-litre V8 uses two IHI turbochargers with air-to-air intercoolers, and each of the V8's cylinder banks has double overhead camshafts, and each cylinder has four valves, so all the boxes are ticked there then.

Along with Magneti Marelli fuel injection, this engine offers 370hp at 6,250rpm and 376lb ft of torque at 4,500rpm. You can expect performance from this four-speed Automatica version to be in the order of 5.7 seconds 0 to 60mph, and a top speed of 168mph flat out. In other words, that'll do, pig, that'll do.


What won't do, of course, in the real world, is the potential for huge expenditure. For God's sake make sure it's got a full service history and the cambelt's been changed regularly, because even a small thing like the throttle body is a known - and £2000 - weak spot. In fact nearly every part on this magnificent-looking beast will be expensive to replace or repair, so expect it to cost a fortune to run, and just putting fuel in it and servicing it and taxing it will probably cost you more annually than the average third-world budget.

But if you can only afford a £10k car and you bought this one I would think you a man or woman of infinite style. I might even drive you to the bankruptcy hearing.

Mark Pearson


SPECIFICATION - MASERATI 3200GT
Engine:
3,217cc, twin turbo V8
Transmission: four-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 370@6,250rpm
Torque (lb ft): 376@4,500rpm
MPG: 17
CO2: 388g/km
First registered: 1999
Recorded mileage: 76,000miles
Price new: £60,575
Yours for: £9995

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  • Kipplemaster 24 Nov 2018

    "...you can't diss a 3200 GT, especially one with the boomerang rear lights."

    All 3200GTs have boomerang rear lights. The later Coupe/4200 which has more conventional lights is a different car, just based on the same shell and interior.

    "...make sure it's got a full service history and the cambelt's been changed regularly"

    You would be insane to buy one without a full inspection from a specialist who can check for all the known signs of trouble (like "end-float")

    "...just putting fuel in it and servicing it and taxing it will probably cost you more annually than the average third-world budget."

    The servicing will. Budget £3000 a year for servicing regardless of mileage. Fuel is no different from any similar car. Tax on a 1999 registered car will be the same as any other post 1978 but pre-2001 car with more than a 1.5 litre engine ie £235 a year. The 2001 registered cars had a number of improvements and are reputed to be slightly less unreliable but the tax will be a bit more (£330).

  • SVS 24 Nov 2018

    Whoa! £3,000 a year for servicing regardless of mileage yikes

  • CS Garth 24 Nov 2018

    More potential for things to go wrong than Jimmy Saville at a kid's birthday party.

    One for the crack enthusiasts only.

  • MrC986 24 Nov 2018

    My brother in law had one of these from nearly new not long after they were launched. It was a great car, though the manufacturers warranty saved him a small fortune....it went in for a regular service and some repairs and if it hadn't been under warranty, the repair bill would have been about £7.5k (admittedly at the main dealers).

    I remember the car had such character/style and the way it went when you put the accelerator down was great(it was an auto). Its sad that they've got a reputation for being ruinous on costs. You've got to have some large kahoonahs to run one, or you're a proper Maser fan who accepts it comes with the character.

  • p4cks 24 Nov 2018

    Good looking little things this,especially that rear quarter and bum

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