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After a lot of faffing about over the last four years with endless distractions looking at old Alfas, Lancias, Fiat 130 Coupes, more (bloody!) Minis, several Maseratis both old older and newer, various barge like American V8s and large doses of self inflicted prevarication, a couple of weeks ago I finally plumped for an old Italian and bought a 1992 Maserati Biturbo '430' with the 2.8 litre V6, auto 'box and full history from new. It pretty much fell into my lap as it wasn't being advertised anywhere and I heard about it through word of mouth, thanks to a kind member on Pistonheads who said a friend of his was thinning down his collection of cars and was thinking of selling his 430. Contact was duly made with Mike the seller who it turns out is a semi retired Maserati specialist and I arranged to go over to Coleshill and have a shuftie.

Despite being well aware of the dodgy reputation that some of the Biturbo era Masers have I wasn't sure what to expect having never driven one before, but was impressed with the overall condition of it (particularly the lovely leather and alcantara interior) although it hadn't been used much due to the lockdowns and has only done about 2k miles in the last ten years. After checking all of the usual old car buying stuff and a long chat we decided I should come back the following week when Mike could get it into his workshop and put it up on his two post lift so I could have a proper look at it before deciding whether I really wanted it or not, so I went back and after another long chat over a cuppa we struck a deal with Mike agreeing to MOT it and deliver it, not only that but there is also a van load of spares with it which I'll be collecting tomorrow.

What at first glance to some might look like a late '70s / early '80s BMW, is very Italian under the skin, there are lots of little quirks such as the twin ignition coils which look like something you'd find inside a 1950s TV set and the power steering fluid reservoir has a little brass safety valve on top of it. The Maserati name and trident logo are everywhere, there's even a trident on one of the rubber straps holding the air filter lid down. Everything except the electric sunroof works, the engine is a cracker but the ignition timing needs a bit of tweaking and the chavtastic dump valve bits fitted by one of the five previous owners will be ditched asap. It sounds pretty good and has a stainless steel exhaust which has been on it for twenty five years. The interior really is in very good nick although the carpets will need a deep clean and the seats are even more comfortable than the ones in the early Series 2 XJ6 I used to own a few years ago. If any of the interior was damaged or ripped the cost of replacing or repairing it would be mind boggling and would probably cost more than half of what I paid for the car, so I got very lucky on that score. The wheels are genuine Maserati alloys more usually seen on Biturbo Spyders but I'm going to replace them with something better as soon as I can. The priority though is to get the engine bay completely refurbished, hopefully once the slush fund has built up a bit I'll be able to get this done over the Winter and will probably use Migliore down in Bromsgrove. I've already been given some good advice on how to get it running smoother which I'm going to tackle over the weekend. The reg' number was put on it back in 1997 but it was originally 'K24 NCR'....

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Friend of mine has a 1993 Ghibli, sat for years and in dire need of restoration.
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Costafortune wrote: Wed Jul 07, 2021 4:37 pm Friend of mine has a 1993 Ghibli, sat for years and in dire need of restoration.
Does he have the same username as you...? ;)

Ghiblis are sought after now, I wonder what will happen to it. Before I bought the 430 I had my eye on a couple of Ghiblis and a Quattroporte IV, sadly the budget wouldn't quite stretch far enough.
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Cracking car, looks nice and solid as well,

Going to show my ignorance now, what are those two blue trumpet things, look bit after market - are they to pull in warm air to help starting or something :?
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Exminiman wrote: Wed Jul 07, 2021 6:15 pm Cracking car, looks nice and solid as well,

Going to show my ignorance now, what are those two blue trumpet things, look bit after market - are they to pull in warm air to help starting or something :?
Thanks, yes it's very solid, no real rust issues anywhere although they are known to fizzle away at the drop of a hat, this one seems to be an exception!

The blue trumpets are aftermarket dump valves which I'll be removing, they don't appear to add anything to the performance of the car.
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Very nice - inherently 70/80's even thought it isn't! When were the first ones made?

Given the prestige and quality feel they no doubt were going for, I find it quite odd that the trident badge in your hand (assume its a grille badge) and the one on the filler flap are quite different - is the one on the flap original or someone's aftermarket bling?
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GraemeC wrote: Wed Jul 07, 2021 7:09 pm Very nice - inherently 70/80's even thought it isn't! When were the first ones made?

Given the prestige and quality feel they no doubt were going for, I find it quite odd that the trident badge in your hand (assume its a grille badge) and the one on the filler flap are quite different - is the one on the flap original or someone's aftermarket bling?
The first four door Biturbo appeared in 1986 I think, there was the 425, then the 424 then the 430. There are so many variations between them though and no two seem to be alike. About 1200 - 1300 430s were built and I'm guessing that about ten percent of them were RHD.

The trident badges are all genuine, the one in my hand is the grille one and is quite heavy, I've not removed the filler cap one yet but it's smaller and looks like it's made from plastic, the one on the other side is a dummy. ;)
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Weren’t these built in the old Innocenti factory?
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