1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder is our Bring A Trailer auction pick
• A 1987 Maserati Biturbo might not be most people’s first impulse when looking for a classic car, but it undeniably elicits nostalgia.
• This car has a 188-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 2.5-liter V6 and (a good thing) fuel injection.
• The car is on sale through Tuesday, April 19 on auction site Bring a Trailer, with bidding at $15,000 beginning Friday.
Nostalgia is a powerful elixir. This is especially true in vintage car shopping, where each generation, once it reaches middle age, moves far enough away from the horrors of its youth and equips itself with more than enough gelt to feed on ramen and gallo, to be ensnared by magnificently gruesome horrors. vehicles that were impossibly out of reach as new. Today’s Pick of the Day from Bring a Trailer, which, to like Car And Driver, is which is part of Hearst Autos – is such a car: a 1987 Maserati Biturbo Spyder.
It reminds me of a story. In the mid-1980s, when I was a scholarship student at a posh private school in suburban Detroit, many of my classmates were, unsurprisingly, the children of auto executives. One of my closest friends was the offspring of General Motors CEO Roger Smith. Although Mr. Smith later became infamous as the antagonist of Roger Moore Roger and mehe was a hero to me because he let his son borrow all kinds of vehicles from the company’s competitive intelligence fleet, and his son often let me drive.
One of those cars was a 1987 Maserati Biturbo convertible. And its 188 turbocharged, intercooled V-6 bomb sounding horsepower—experienced from top to bottom, and wrapped in enough creased caramel leather to supply a Donna Karan factory, during one of Michigan’s few sunny spring days – are etched in my mind as firmly as the antagonistic slogans scrawled in Wite-Out on my combat boots.
People bemoan the unreliability and finicky tuning of these cars, but many of those problems were solved by the incorporation of fuel injection in ’87 (this one has it), and most of the others , in durable cars, were shaken.
This one, from the collection of a Maserati dealer, has been meticulously studied to prepare it for everyday use. And with small-diameter, steel-looking factory alloys, a rebuilt five-speed manual dropout, embossed white BFGoodrich Radial T/As lettering and just 41,000 miles, it also looks like a running machine. travel in the ideal time. With models in concours condition for just $15,000, it’s also likely to be a bargain. I’ll have to try to restrain myself from bidding.
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