Released in 1981, the Maserati BiTurbo represented a new era for the Italian brand – acquired by Alejandro de Tomaso, who aimed to introduce more affordable models into the model lineup, the Spyder being the first open-top Maserati since the preceding Ghibli Spyder twelve years earlier. The BiTurbo Coupe and Spyders both incorporated a design penned by Milan design firm Zagato, while the bodies were assembled in Turin before final assembly took place at the Maserati factory in Modena. The Biturbo’s 2,514 mm wheelbase was shortened to 2,400 mm for the Spyder models. In addition, as a first for the automotive industry, the BiTurbo was the first production car to utilise a twin-turbocharged engine – namely a 2.0L (2.5L/2.8L for export markets) 90° twin-turbocharged V6, driving the rear wheels, mated to a ZF-sourced manual or automatic transmission.
The third revision for the Spyder, aka the Spyder III, was introduced in 1991. Changes included a new bonnet and grille, ellipsoidal headlights in body-colour housings, a windscreen mounted spoiler, deeper body-colour sills and 16-inch seven-spoke wheels. Performance-wise, all Spyder IIIs now were equipped with Maserati’s Ranger limited slip differential.
This is a 1991 Maserati BiTurbo Spyder III, finished in Red with a Beige with Wood Trim interior. This was originally imported and sold as an AutoItalia Ltd. Hong Kong car. The current keeper acquired this Maserati from a local car collector around 14 years ago, primarily using this car for occasional, leisure drives.
Aside from the addition of an aftermarket subwoofer in the cabin and wind deflector, no modifications have been performed to the exterior, interior, or running gear – the current keeper, as well as previous keepers have aimed to keep this Maserati to its original factory state as much as possible.
The full service record from when this car was first registered has been kept on file and can be provided on request – all of the routine maintenance has been reported to have been performed by the same UK classic car specialist garage: Sports, Classic, and Racing Yuen Long. Recent work reported to have been completed includes the replacement of an alternator belt, a routine oil service, as well as replacing the fuse box for a modern setup. In addition, the interior has recently received a full refurbishment by interior specialist J Concept Limited in Tsuen Wan – including the refurbishment of the leather seat & dashboard upholstery, replacement of the exterior plastic window trim & insulation, and polishing of all the wood interior trim. The current keeper does state that the air conditioning freon is due for a recharge, and for the benefit of the next keeper, will ensure this is performed before handoff.
The current keeper states that to their knowledge, this car has not experienced any serious accident damage or resprays, and currently carries all of its original factory Red paint. The manually-operated roof is also fully operational.
This Maserati has had three previous owners, a reported mileage of 20,195 km, and the current road licence is valid until July 19, 2024.
The Red bodywork was noted to be in good condition all around, with no major imperfections or surface damage observed on any of the body panels. The front and rear bumpers, as well as the side portions were observed to be in good condition. The front grille was found to be fully intact. The side doors, front bonnet and rear trunk lid open and close normally. The primary headlights, rear tail lights and side markers illuminate normally. With their refurbishment, all of the window exterior trim and rubber are in excellent condition. All four Maserati alloy wheels are in excellent condition. The convertible roof shows no sagging and all of the material is in great condition – it raises and lowers manually without any issues. The wind deflector positioned behind the occupants is functional and intact to provide for a more comfortable open-top driving experience.
Interior and Trim
Step inside and the luxurious cabin of this Maserati sports car greets you. Both leather seats, the side door panels, and leather trimmed dashboard are in excellent condition thanks to the refurbishment they received. The wood trimmed steering wheel and interior trim is all in great condition. The gear shift lever and handbrake show no major surface damage. The dash mounted analog clock and Sony stereo unit operate normally. All of the interior buttons show no major surface damage and operate without sticking. The instrument cluster and all of its dials operate without issues – the green backlight illuminates as it should.
Engine and Running Gear
Turn the key and the 2.8L twin-turbocharged V6 comes to life with a steady idle. The power delivery is smooth across the rev range – boost from both turbochargers spools up quickly to provide plenty of power off the line and to accelerate. The 4-speed ZF automatic transmission changes gears smoothly to keep all the power from the twin-turbocharged V6 on the road. The driver inputs, from the steering to the pedals are all responsive and communicative to the driver – the current keeper comments that Maserati can serve as a perfect all-round driver despite it being a classic car. The brakes provide plenty of stopping power to bring this convertible to a halt. The Maserati BiTurbo Spyder is a beautiful convertible offering from Italy, featuring striking design by Zagato as well as performance in the form of a twin turbocharged V6. This classic Maserati is perfectly suited to be used for weekend drives or for everyday use as a modern classic daily driver – now available at the Car Farm.
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