1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5, Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877

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Lot 157
1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5,
Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877

£ 12,500 - 17,500
US$ 16,000 - 23,000
1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5

Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877

Footnotes

  • Maserati's mainstream model throughout the 1980s and the first series-production road car to employ a twin turbo-charged engine, the Biturbo debuted in two-door form 1982. Intended to challenge BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the luxury sporting saloon market, the Biturbo was of conventional front engine/rear drive layout and featured all-independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and an interior boasting sumptuous leather upholstery and plentiful wood veneer trim.

    The all-steel unitary chassis/body was styled in-house and built by Innocenti, part of the De Tomaso empire like Maserati. ZF five-speed manual and three-speed automatic were the two transmission options while a limited-slip differential came as standard. Produced initially with a 2.0-litre, three-valves-per-cylinder, 90-degree V6, the Biturbo gained 2.5-litre, 2.8-litre and four-valves-per-cylinder engines as the model range expanded throughout the 1980s to include four-door saloon and open-topped spyder variants. The 2.5-litre unit was the first addition to the range of engines and like the 2.0-litre original was an all-alloy, two-cam V6 with three valves per cylinder, the two inlets being different sizes to promote efficient cylinder filling over a wide rev range. Turbo lag, a not uncommon problem with this form of forced induction, was addressed by using two small IHI turbochargers rather than a single large one, fed initially by a solitary Weber carburettor. In this form the Biturbo engine produced 192bhp (DIN) and 220lb/ft of torque, figures good enough for a top speed in excess of 130mph. Not surprisingly, the lighter Spyder proved considerably faster than its saloon progenitor, in three-valve form having a top speed of around 135mph, a figure slightly improved upon with the four-valve unit fitted and considerably bettered by the larger-engined versions that followed. Endowed with well proportioned lines and an outstandingly equipped interior, the Biturbo Spyder was one of the finest Grand Tourers of its day and remains one of the most sought after of recent Maseratis.

    This 2.5-litre Biturbo Spyder has formed part of the vendor's private collection for the last two years. Finished in red with beige leather interior and black hood, the car is described as in generally good condition and offered with Italian registration papers.
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1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5, Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877
1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5, Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877
1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5, Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877
1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5, Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877
1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5, Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877
1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5, Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877
1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5, Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877
1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5, Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877
1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5, Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877
1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5, Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877
1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5, Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877
1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5, Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877
1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2.5, Chassis no. ZAM333B00GA100877
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