3k: Don’t Mase Me Bro: 1984 Maserati Biturbo Coupe 5 Spd

About once a week I drive by a Maserati Biturbo tucked in a private driveway, covered in a fine layer of dirt and patina.  The little coupe hasn’t moved in at least a decade, and it sorta makes you wonder why people store cars for decades, especially in dense urban environments with little spare room.  The owner could be planning a long term restoration, totally forgotten about the car, or waiting for the Biturbo market to blossom…but that poor little car will be there for at least another decade…or more.  Even nice examples are cheap, like this one!  Find this 1984 Maserati Biturbo Coupe 5 Spd offered for $3,250 in Hayward, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

The Maserati Biturbo was a small 2+2 coupe penned by Pierangelo Andreani and built from 1981 to 1994.  The budget supercoupe was a product of  Alejandro de Tomaso’s time at the helm of Maserati and actually sold very well all things considered with more than 40,000 examples leaving the production line in Modena.

The Biturbo comes with an impressive set of specifications for 1984 — a 2.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6 that is carburetted to push out 185 horsepower.  Unfortunately, the Biturbo V6 is about as reliable as picking Amanda Bynes for a sober companion.  Expect to be abandoned/stranded on a regular basis.

This particular Biturbo Coupe is in decent cosmetic shape and the seller includes a novel sized description to go with his pictures, but some of the details don’t sound promising — Battery main shut off switch installed in the engine compartment… I’ve noticed that it seems to run a little rich… I noticed recently that the starter will click sometimes before starting.  These issues in an older Honda might mean you need to spend a weekend sorting things out – but in an older Italian car, it means you might park it on the side of your house and not touch it for 25 years. 

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