1989 Maserati 430

Looking like a sharp edged BMW E30 sedan, few people in the market for a compact executive saloon noticed the Maserati 430 when it was new. It could have been the much higher price tag as compared to its German rivals. Either that, or they had nightmares from previous mechanical experiences with the related Maserati Biturbo. This was unfortunate, as the extra doors, newly added limited slip differential, revised suspension and more linear turbos attached to the 2.8 liter V6 made it a more pleasant driver. If you can find a good 430 today, it makes for an interesting modern classic and one that grabs the attention of the more astute passers by. This 430 for sale in Philadelphia has a low 26,000 miles on the clock and looks well kept.

1989 Maserati 430

1989 Maserati 430, 4 door, 5 speed. Rare Italian sports sedan. Under 26,000 original miles. Two owner car. Garage kept, well maintained and pampered. Excellent condition. All service up to date. Ice cold air conditioning. Power windows, power locks. Less than 1,000 miles on four new Dunlop tires. Must see in person to appreciate the value. Certain trades will be considered. Serious inquirers only. Barrett Jackson Quality. A true time capsule.

At under $15,000, most people would think this is a lot of Maserati for the money, but realistically, the best examples of the 430 may fetch between $10,000 to $12,000 at most. The 430 suffers from less mechanical gremlins than the earlier Biturbo, but you still would be wise to make friends with your local specialist in town, as these are not the easiest cars to go about repairing. The blue interior may be a bit too blue for some, but personally, I find it quite attractive. I have a feeling this car may sit around at close to $15,000 for a while. If the seller knocks a few grand off the price, it may be a worthwhile purchase, as this looks to be one of the betters 430s out there for sale.

-Paul

Posted under: Maserati, Modern Classic
Dated: Jun 29 2012

1 Comment

  1. Larry says:

    While these were never terribly good looking (at least in my opinion), the idea of a rare, reasonably affordable, 4-door Maserati (the Quattroporte isn’t exactly affordable – yet) is pretty appealing.

    At $15K, there isn’t enough money left to put aside for inevitable (and expensive, and often) repairs. However, an someone out there will be 15 grand worth of smitten with the idea of owning a Maserati.