Stored 18 Years: 1987 Maserati Biturbo

This 1987 Maserati Biturbo Si looks similar to an example written up here on Barn Finds, right about this time of year. The color scheme, the options, and the location – about 1:45 from where it was last seen – seem to indicate this non-running Biturbo is still looking for a forever home. It’s too bad, as it looks reasonably complete but the Biturbo’s reputation is far from sterling. Find it here on eBay for $2,900 or best offer.

While it’s certainly possible that there are two of these old Biturbos kicking around the New York metropolitan area, the color scheme similarities, erect antenna, and similar wear and tear in the interior seem to point to it being the same car. At the time we originally wrote it up, it didn’t run; now, it cranks but still does not turn over.

If you compare the damage to the armrest between this photo and the first run of the listing last year, you’ll note it’s torn in pretty much the same place. Obviously, more than one Biturbo had this interior color scheme, but the odds seem good that the identical cabin materials and exterior color, along with matching armrest damage, make this the same car from last year.

The Si models denoted that this Biturbo came with fuel injection, courtesy of a Weber-Marelli setup. The engine bay on this car looks reasonably complete, but that doesn’t mean much when sorting out a Biturbo that’s been sitting for quite some time. I still have an odd fascination with these notorious Italians, but still not enough curiosity to actually buy one.

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Comments

  1. markp

    scappare di corsa!

  2. CapNemo CapNemo

    Nothing Bi allowed on my property.

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  3. Dave at OldSchool Restorations

    “cranks but doesn’t turn over ” …. does that mean it has the typical locked up engine due to valve interference ……..?

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  4. Rick

    I always thought that crank and turn over meant the same thing. I guess that I have wasted 50 years in the business and need to go back to school
    We worked on a BiTurbo a few years ago and had to take the owner to court to get him to remove it from my building.

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    • CapNemo CapNemo

      Turn over typically would require at least one 360 degree rotation. That it cranks would typically mean that the starter is actively trying to rotate the internals and there is some sort of movement. If it cranks, and turns over, that’s good. Then it’s just a matter of getting it to start. Best wishes.

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  5. Rudy

    Worst money pit I have ever owned – made the mistake of buying a 425 (4 door version of the Biturbo – 4 doors with 2.5L engine) about 20 years ago – great paint & upholstery with low mileage so thought I couldn’t go too wrong – sunk about $4.5K into the car and drove it less than 200 miles – breaking down repeatedly during that time including due to a fusebox that I had already replaced. Sold it to the next sucker for half of what I had sunk into it. I cringe every time I see one for sale.

  6. T-BONE BOB

    I think this i the ‘other’ BiTurbo Jeff is referring to

    https://barnfinds.com/rare-twin-turbo-1987-maserati-biturbo-si/

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  7. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Sold for $2900.
    If it is the same car, it somehow lost 3000 miles.

    Like 1

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