Having spent the preceding decade trying to compete with BMW in the medium-size sports saloon market, with a handful of coupés and cabriolets thrown in for good measure, in 1998 Maserati emphatically re-embraced its noble traditions by introducing a stunning all-new Gran Turismo: the 3200 GT. The luxury coupé was styled by ItalDesign, headed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose previous work for the Modenese manufacturer had included, among others, the Ghibli, Bora, and Merak. As well as reconciling all the usual competing requirements of aerodynamics, all-round performance, safety and passenger accommodation, ItalDesign had to produce a car that was recognisably a Maserati. The design team succeeded brilliantly in creating a look that emphasised continuity with Maserati's past, incorporating the firm's Trident emblem into the radiator grille while the front-end treatment as a whole recalled its racing sports cars of the 1960s. The 3200 GT's 3.2-litre, quad-cam V8 engine continued in the more recent tradition of Maserati's 'BiTurbo' road cars by employing twin turbochargers to liberate 365 horsepower, which was delivered to the road via a six-speed manual gearbox or optional automatic transmission. Not surprisingly, the overall style of the 3200 GT was continued for its successors: the Coupé and Spyder, which were the first Maseratis produced since the firm's takeover by erstwhile rivals Ferrari, another member of the FIAT Group. The Spyder was unveiled first, at the 2001 Frankfurt Auto Show, with the Coupé's following in 2002 at that year's Detroit Auto Show. While recognisably similar to their immediate predecessor, the Coupé and Spyder featured an all-new Ferrari-derived 4.2-litre V8 engine (Maserati's first normally aspirated unit for 21 years) producing 390bhp and 332lb/ft of torque. Due to the confusing nature of the names 'Maserati Coupé' and 'Maserati Spyder' (which could refer to any coupé or convertible Maserati ever made) these 'Second Generation' models are commonly referred to as the '4200 GT'.
There were two - both six-speed - transmission options: a conventional manual or 'Cambiocorsa' (racing gearbox) featuring F1-style paddle shift or fully automatic operation, the latter an important consideration for the all-important North American market. Maserati claimed a top speed of approximately 175mph and a 0-60mph time of under five seconds.
About the car:
This wonderful 4200 GT Coupe Cambiocorsa F1 is a facelift final edition of the 4200 GT series. Finished in Grigio Alfieri and combined with a stunning tan interior this car was delivered new in Italy in 2005 to its first owner.
It was equipped with a series of extras such as front and rear factory parking sensors, a factory satellite navigation, xenon lights, electronically adjustable seats etc. the car retains its original factory paint all around without chips and dents, it has a full service history with a massive invoicing file and a recent service that includes a new clutch in 2021, new gaskets and valve guides, new tyres on a set of brand new original Gransport wheels.
A wonderful car in pristine condition and a rare color combination.
Now available at our Italian premises by Veloce Classic Italia.