This raging bull is a 1984 Maserati Biturbo E and it’s on eBay with an eye-openingly-low Buy It Now price of just $3,895! That’s like three pairs of Italian shoes! This bellezza rosso is located in Wexford, Pennsylvania and there is less than one day left! This one is very tempting; very, very tempting. Almost any “100% rust-free” car that’s over three decades old is tempting to me.
This Biturbo is in gorgeous condition! Less than $4,000!? How can that possibly be? Well, you know what they say, always buy the best-condition vehicle that you can find because an inexpensive exotic is usually the most expensive vehicle that you’ll ever own? (actually, I just made that up) This Maserati is absolutely fantastic, exterior-wise, but there are things wrong with it and you’ll need a sheet of legal-sized paper and a wad of $100 bills to pay for the repairs. It’ll need a clutch, a full tune-up to hopefully correct an idling issue, a new battery, and new tires. There is also a small coolant leak and a few oil leaks and the steering links and sway bars need to have their bushings replaced. So, plan on at least the sale price of the car again in repairs, just to be on the safe side.
1984 was the first year that the US got the Biturbo and this one really looks great from the exterior photos. The Maserati Biturbo always seemed so exotic to me, at least they did when I was in my late-teens when they first came out back in 1981. Remember just a few short years ago when you could buy an E-Type for $25,000? Or, a 911 for $25,000? A 928 for $5,000? Or, even a lowly-912 for $15,000 or a 914 for $10,000?! Yeah, the Biturbo is somewhat similar to that sort of thing but probably on a smaller scale, price-wise. They’re so close to being right on the verge of breaking through in the collector market, in my opinion.
As you can tell from the profile photo here, the Biturbo wasn’t exactly the poster child for the sexy Maserati that we have known and loved all of our lives from posters and exotic car magazines. These cars were sort of Maserati’s somewhat frumpy, 1980s answer to the Ferrari 308 for the price of an “affordable” BMW. How is that a bad thing? I have always thought that the design was crisp and clean, and I still do. The angular, two-door bodystyle is coming back into vogue so for anyone willing to buy-and-hold, this car is a steal. Mark my words, I can 100% guarantee that this will be a valuable car in a few years, there is just no question about that.
Interior-wise, this car appears to be in nice condition, but there’s a laundry list of things to repair. The seats and door panels and dash look about as nice as any 1984 car could look after 50,000 miles. Even the driver’s seat looks great and it’s always the one that shows the most wear. So, what’s wrong here? Well, it has an aftermarket moon roof and it doesn’t work. There’s a big strike. Original is king and since some company (hopefully it wasn’t a backyard job!) cut a huge hole in the roof of this car, it’s not original anymore and it never will be. The original LaSalle clock is missing, which is a problem with these cars, oddly enough. This one appears to have a digital replacement which is probably more appropriate to 1984 than an analog clock is anyway. The good parts of the interior, other than the seats, door panels, and dash, are the original Nardi steering wheel which is in great condition, and the original Maserati radio. Although there are no trunk photos, there is a photo of the original tool kit.
This is the great-looking but ill-idling, 185 hp Maserati 2.5L V6 with twin turbos, the first production version of a twin-turbo car, ever. This is the one with the oil leaks, the coolant leak, and the one that needs a tune-up, and most likely much more. But, she’s a beaut, no? As I’m writing this, I’m mentally trying to guesstimate what a possible service invoice would be to fix those oil leaks and change those dried-out bushings and dang, there’s that clutch which will be the most expensive part, most likely. But, an early car like this one, although maybe without the clapped-up moonroof (ugh) will surely become a reasonably high-priced collector car in a few short years. Have any of you owned a Maserati Biturbo or any of the later versions of this model? What do you think of the price for this one?