1986 Alfa Romeo GTV6

The Alfa Romeo GTV6 is one of the leading performance bargains in terms of readily available Italian classics stateside. This final year GTV6 comes to us from our reader Michael. Look up the definition of "survivor" in the dictionary, and it wouldn't be out of place if this car's photo was right next to the entry.

Year: 1986
Model: GTV6
Engine: 2.5 liter V6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 114,000 miles

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Original paint. California car. No rust. No 2nd gear synchro problems. Perfect dash and interior. No cracks tears or wear spots. Clean Carfax. Records and receipts from 1990. Thousands of dollars or parts , some unobtanium. Never dismantled or wrecked.

History

Well documented original GTV6, previously owned by Andy Reid of Classic Motorsport Magazine, and detailed in ABB. See Andy’s comments in a recent CMM article he wrote. Said to be the last or one of the last GTV6 imported to USA; while I cannot prove that, I have yet to see a higher VIN number.

Condition

A prior owner commented in ABB: “The car's condition considering its age is really quite impressive. Interior beautiful with no dash cracks, a/c works, factory cloth seats impeccable, original paint beautifully preserved”. Perhaps an email from a local Alfisti best sums it up: after driving my car he sent me an email “Michael, It was a pleasure meeting you also and thanks for letting me see and drive probably the best example of a GTV6 survivor I have ever seen.”

Sometimes pictures can make a car look much nicer than it is - however my Alfa really looks this nice and personal inspection will leave you wondering how a car can survive 27 years, with original paint, in this nice condition. Even the front and rear window seals are free of cracks, dry rot and the interior has no rips or dash cracks. The interior is in superb near time-warp condition, with excellent dashboard, upholstery, carpets, and trim. The gauges are excellent, as are all switches and controls. Even the seat belt buzzer works. She has 114K original miles, and can be driven daily, and even in Atlanta heat she will run 80MPH all day long with A/C on. My daughter and I took her to Lake Keowee several times last summer without a problem. The body is excellent, with even, consistent gaps and straight panels. It even has the OEM manual window crank if the PW fails, and the fusebox is in perfect condition.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire an interesting fun to drive, attractive classic Italian sports car. The ANSA exhaust really sings sweet music, but the stereo has been upgraded and has separate amp in trunk if you want to listen to music. I drive my cars so the engine bay is not detailed but that's an easy project if you want to show her. On the road, at every Caffeine and Octane, or Italian car day people come up to talk about this beauty. I drove her about 2K miles this past year, did an oil and transaxle fluid change with synthetic oil and have had no issues whatsoever.

I have accumulated many parts, mostly based on experience, ABB postings, and availability. They will come with the car and are pictured. These include:

60526262 OEM speedometer sender (very expensive, NLA)

70128 fuel filter

OEM rear hatch seal

CL864 Clutch master cylinder

34271000 Brake Light Switch

2 OEM speaker grills

Several door mirror gastkets, mounts, frames, motor etc

AR382 airfilter

OEM gas cab and Key

BH119 Braided brake line

2 OEM 60529011 pedals

25251000 hydraulic tensioner kit

60522581 rear motor mount

25602000 radiator fan switch

22004000 Power window motor

package of OEM door panel retaining clips

OEM horn button

Variety of connectors and relays, washers

Gauge cluster/switch assembly

30091000 Voltage regulator

exhaust hanger donuts

transmission mounts

What’s not perfect?

Rear hatch seal has 3 inch worn segment. It doesn't leak so I haven’t replaced it, but I have an OEM replacement that will come with the car. There is a small passenger quarter panel ding measuring 3/4”x3/8”. It barely shows in the pics it is so small. I am sure it can be banged out by a dentless shop if you want. Lastly, it has the 2 blower Tropicaire AC, and it blows ice cold but the second blower that powers the side vents doesn't power on. I have schematics for it - probably it's the microswitch. Unless you live somewhere much hotter than Atlanta, I don't think you will care.

Bottom line

This is a skydrive with many pictures, and paint meter readings, undercarriage and interior shots, etc. The pics range from a year or so ago when I got her, to this month, showing no deterioration or changes other than the miles I put on. There is even a pic showing the original door paint taken when I R&R’d a mirror. I have included paint gauge readings as well.

She has custom Cocoa mats, no second gear crunch, no dash cracks or tears in the upholstery and the engine pulls nicely in a very linear fashion. The exhaust note is to die for (ansa rear section). You will be hard pressed to find a nicer, more original, well maintained GTV6 anywhere. The underside is clean and dry and rust free. Check out those factory floor pans and seams and rockers, battery box and spare tire container.

Email me or call if any questions. Hagerty has value 14K as a Number 2 car. While I think this is nicer, it is a car I drive about 2K per year, so I cant really claim it as a #1. Michael 4048454713 or mibiv12@gmail.com or PM me.

This is certainly one of the nicer GTV6s I've seen lately, as many I've come across might look good on the outside, but have a worn interior or mechanical issues. Given it's high VIN #, it also has the distinction of being the last of its breed. At the price Hagerty is claiming for a #2 machine, $14,000 seems like a bargain for this much Italian exotica.

-Paul

1987 Bertone X1/9

Summer weather is here, and this Bertone X1/9 is the more unorthodox choice for the open air motorist. Introduced in the early 1970s as the Fiat X1/9, this car was the replacement for the rear engine 850 Spider. This was a radical departure with its four cylinder engine mounted amidships, something that, other than the Porsche 914, was normally reserved for more exotic iron. This ultimate example of the X1/9 is for sale in California and has been comprehensively restored.

1987 Bertone X1/9

Obsessively restored 1987 Bertone X1/9

Looks and drives like a brand new car - many, many thousands of dollars spent over the course of 5 years, all receipts and photo documentation available
80k miles, <500 miles since restoration Black/Black Leather interior Engine: Complete stock rebuild no modifications Polished stainless steel expansion tank Re-cored radiator All new hoses Ceramic coated water pump Ceramic coated water pump pipe Remanufactured alternator Remanufactured and matched fuel injectors Polished intake manifold Ceramic coated exhaust manifold, shield and down pipe Polished stainless steel exhaust system Drivetrain: Rebuilt gearbox Resurfaced fly wheel New clutch pressure plate, bearing and disc All new clutch hydraulics including metal lines New CV joints Suspension and wheels: Nickel plated uprights all around New wheel bearings all around All new suspension bushings Koni red adjustable shocks rebuilt by Performance Shock Inc. in Sonoma New front control arms Rebuilt steering rack, new tie rod ends Epoxy and powder-coated rear suspension arms and links Nickel plated Bertone lug nuts Refinished and powder coated original Speedline wheels Brakes All new hydraulics, including metal lines Nickel plated Fiat Uno turbo front brakes, freshly rebuilt with polished pistons and new ventilated rotors and pads Powder coated brake shields Polished aluminum freshly rebuilt stock rear calipers with new rotors and pads New brake hoses all around Interior Refinished leather seats New original Bertone steering wheel New original Bertone gear lever Immaculate dashboard no cracks New carpet “Brown wire” mod to increase power to all accessories LED instrument lighting LED interior lighting Rebuilt pedal box Tool roll Owners manual etc. Original jack

The X1/9 survived in the US market through 1987, even after Fiat pulled out of the market in 1982. Bertone took over the marketing and importation of the car from there and quite a few were sold thereafter. These late X1/9s are quite affordable these days and I’ve seen a few out there in good condition. For the price of a used economy car, you can have something that everyone on the street will want to stop and talk about with you. The best X1/9s will hover around $10,000 to $14,000, so I'd suspect this restored example has a reserve set somewhere around that range.

-Paul

1974 Ferrari Dino 246GTS

Ferraris throughout the years, as they age, have a funny way of fluctuating in value. I remember when ordinary Ferrari Testarossas were commanding six figures. Now you can find these cars in the $45,000 to $60,000 price range. Another case in point is the Ferrari Dino. What was designed a more “entry” level Ferrari in the 1960s has been seeing a surge in value over the past few years. This late model Dino 246GTS is no exception. This particular car for sale in San Diego has just over 12,000 miles on it from new and is unrestored.

1974 Ferrari Dino 246GTS

1974 Dino 246 GTS

12,668 Miles

Mostly Original Car

Air Conditioning

5 speed

Daytona Seats

Records from New

195 bhp, 2,418 cc transverse DOHC V-6 engine with triple Weber 40DCNF7 carburetors, five-speed manual rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones, coil springs, and Koni telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 92.1 in.

Single repaint, otherwise unrestored
Factory Daytona seats
Under 13,000 original miles

The exciting 246 GTS version of the Dino Ferrari features a removable Targa roof that was specifically designed to appeal to the American market. Scaglietti only built 1,180 examples of this final and ultimate open air sports car. In their day, they were a car for those in the know, a perfect mix of styling, and many feel it is the most attractive and delicate ever to appear on a Ferrari. These cars have all the ingredients to make a perfect sports car: a high-revving V-6 five-speed transmission, disc brakes, and most importantly, a stiff and responsive chassis with bodywork closely derived from Pininfarina’s previous Dino 206.

Many factors make this Dino extremely attractive as a usable car. Aside from a single high-quality repaint in the original Bianca, it is an exceptional, unrestored Dino with approximately 12,600 miles from new. The service records from new accompany the car and give credence to is very low mileage. The interior features a gently broken-in and attractively patinated set of Daytona seats, the single most desirable option in this most collectible of Dinos. Underneath the hood, the engine bay is clean, correct, and also indicative of its exceptionally low mileage.

According to the Dino Register, chassis 07724’s history is known since it was sold new in Coral Gables, Florida. The late chassis numbered Dino features air conditioning, as well as optional power windows and correct light alloy Cromodora wheels.

We hear the term “survivor” often these days, and no better word can describe this fine Dino Ferrari. Even the mouse hair dashboard is original, an element that very often gets replaced on the best of cars. Very few Bianco Dinos with Daytona seats were produced, and this will surely be among the most original of those that survive in their original specification a 246 GTS that allows one to see an example much as it was when it left the factory. As the Dino continues to grow in popularity, even exceeding the values of many Daytona coupes of its era, the demand for these great cars never seems to waiver. This particular car should be looked at as a rare opportunity to acquire an unaltered version of this highly desirable Ferrari. When looking at an unrestored car like this, one must remember: “they are only original once.”

Rarely do you see a Dino in white, but with the tan leather, it works. From every angle, it is quite apparent that this was one of Pininfarina’s greats. At almost $400,000, this has to be the priciest Dino I’ve ever come across, but then again, it’s no ordinary one. I’d suspect the price is a bit unrealistic, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this car cracked $300,000. It’s just that nice.

-Paul

1967 Lancia Fulvia

The Lancia Fulvia is one of my favorite classic Italian cars. I've promised this car a spot in my dream garage someday If its good, well proportioned looks weren't enough, it's got rallying pedigree to boot. This Fulvia for sale in Maryland represents a good opportunity for someone looking to buy a less than perfect car which they can finish to their liking.

1967 Lancia Fulvia

Last of the real Lancias. I do not know a lot about its history. It was bought by a US serviceman in Sicily and spent time in a collection in Wisconsin. I bought it from a man in Pennsylvania who wanted to convert in to a hillclimb car but got distracted by motorcycles. She has a 5 speed trans (I have the original 4 speed box) and an all steel body. The drivers floor was replaced at some point during its life, and I can find no rust on the car. The paint is fresh and the engine is rebuilt with less than 500 miles on it. The bodywork is not show quality but very presentable. The interior is very nice with carpets instead of the original rubber mats. The seats are in excellent condition, although I was told the front seats are not original to the year. I do not know these cars well enough to debate this matter, I just know I like them. They have open sides like buttresses and are comfortable and cool. The headliner has a repaired tear in it about 2" long over the passenger seat. The dash pad has a straight crack in the middle that I have covered with black tape. It does not take away from the overall impression of the interior. She is a tidy daily driver that needs detailing to finish. The main item is she needs door seals, I have the inner ones, a wiper arm and a trunk seal. She is missing one wheel center cap. This is a car that can be driven and detailed by a new owner who has the time and devotion to attend to it.
She drives well as only small bore Italian cars can and as a friend of mine who is a Jaguar mechanic says, she feels like a car that is much more modern than it is. It does not feel like a FWD car.

Below are listed the pros and cons that I am aware of.

Electric fuel pump on a separate switch to prime the carbs and use if the functioning mechanical fuel pump quits.
Rebuilt carbs with K&N style air filters.
5 speed trans. I have the original 4 speed trans that I was told is good.
Fresh paint-original color.
Fresh engine.
Mechanical oil pressure gage- I do not trust the original elecreionc item.
Wiper and blower motors rebuilt.
New tires.
Clean enfgine and transmission and painted engine bay.
New front and rear window seals.
Refinished wood dash and steering wheel.

Items needing attention, that I am aware of. Bear in mind this is a 45 year old car than has not seen regular use, and she probably has others.
Neess door and trunk seals (they are available).
Missing wiper arm.

I have tried to give an honest account of this car. It is not a Honda and will probably need fettleing by an enthusiast who understands the nature of old cars. Having said that she has never failed to start and has not let me down. The mileage on the clock reads 20688 KM. and I had to put in a number for E Bay but I have no idea what the real mileage is. The usual caviot emptor applies. There is no warranty implied or given. She is sold as is, where is. Funds must be cleared before car or title changes hands.

You can get a solid Fulvia these days for around $15,000 to $12,000. I'd suspect with the amount of work to be done, this car will pull somewhere around $12,000.

-Paul

1976 Lancia Scorpion

The Lancia Scorpion was, like many Lancias, beautiful but flawed. With incredibly good looks by Pininfarina, the car had looks of sports cars costing much more, but problems lurked beneath the skin. A weak crossmember prone to rust and brakes that were overly boosted in the front were but a few of the problems, along with modifications to the suspension and engine for the US market that stifled performance. Sold for only two years, this is a forgotten classic amongst most collectors. This Scorpion for sale in Rhode Island has been restored and is ready for some spirited summer motoring.

1976 Lancia Scorpion

You are bidding on a restored 1976 Lancia Scorpion. The car presents beautifully with straight lines and flawless new paint. It has been given WHOA brakes, dual Webers, Alquati manifold and a quad tip ANSA exhaust to boost performance. There is no rust on the car and it has never had accident damage.

This car was originally purchased in Tacoma Washington, it was then sold to a new owner in Kent, Washington where it remained until I purchased it in 2008. I have original sales documentation and most service records from its time in Washington as well as records for all recent upgrades. Upgrades to the car include:

Beautiful white paint in original bianco
Newly re-upholstered leather seats
New WHOA brake system in front
New rear calipers
Dual Webers
Alquati manifold
ANSA quad exhaust with wrapped header
New master brake cylinder
New master clutch cylinder
New brake hoses
New tires
Upgraded Hella Vision headlights
New starter
New starting relay
New belts and hoses
New top straps
New head gasket

The car has been at numerous Italian car rallies and shown several times at Tutto Italian where it has won Best Lancia. This beautiful Scorpion drives like it is on rails and draws attention where ever I take it. The car is in great shape but as it is almost 40 years old, it is sold as is with no warranties expressed or implied. Car is located in Rhode Island. I'm happy to arrange help arrange shipping. Good luck and enjoy a sweet ride this summer!

Scorpion are an affordable Italian classic these days and many of the early teething issues can be overcome with newer technology these days. About $6,000 to $7,000 is the price of entry for these sports cars, with those in good condition selling anywhere from $9,000 to $15,000 on average. I'd suspect somewhere around $12,000 to $13,000 would do the deal in this case.

-Paul

1970 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe

Just as soon as we feature one Fiat 124 Sport Coupe, here comes another one. This BC series 124 Sport Coupe for sale in California is my favorite of the all, with its front end resembling a bit of a Fiat Dino Coupe.

1970 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe

Up for auction is my clean 1970 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe. I have owned this car for 28 years. It has been a fun-to-drive, reliable car and I will be sorry to see it go. As can be seen by the pictures, the Fiat is in excellent condition, with only a few minor flaws to the exterior and interior. It does have a small paint chip on the upper left rear fender and a couple small door-dings. The passenger seat has a split in the cushion bottom and there are splits along the seams on top of the rear seat. The dash has one crack just above the gauges. It is mechanically sound. The last time I drove the Fiat the water pump bearing was making noise, although it was running at the normal operating temperature. Just want bidders to be aware of this. It will probably need a new headlight/directional/wiper switch as this has periodically stopped working. Easily found and replaced.

At 106,809 miles I had the timing belt and front cam seals replaced. Also both front brake flex hoses and the rear fuel lines. Oil and filter were changed every 3,000 miles. The Fiat has been garage kept, covered, since I've owned it. Paint and all bright work are clean. Glass is in excellent condition. I can't imagine finding a cleaner example. The Fiat has been shown at the Italiano Concorso in Monterey, California, of which I have photographs. Comes with original owner manuals and print ad. Please email with any questions.

The 124 Sport Coupe we featured last week did not sell, not meeting its reserve with a final bid of $8,400. That was surprising to me, as that car needed a bit of work. This BC variant is in much better nick. As such, I'd suspect it will probably sell for a figure close to $10,000 or a little above.

-Paul

1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider

As rare as they are, we’ve featured a few Alfa Romeo 2600 Spiders over the past year. Here comes another one for sale in California. These roadsters featured a fantastic dual overhead cam inline six that bellowed out a mellifluous tone worthy of the most exotic Italian machine. The car’s styling was courtesy of Carrozzeria Touring and looked very much like an enlarged, but refined Giulietta Spider.

1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider

The annual national Alfa Romeo convention is coming up in July; wouldn't you like to attend it in style? Location is Napa/Sonoma Wine Country. This beautiful Italian lived most of her life in Northern California, but now resides in Southern California. It would be a homecoming of sorts for her.

2600's are rare; just 2,255 were built between 1962 and 1966; this one is number 204. It is estimated less than 500 are on the road today. Six cylinder, in-line, hemi-head, DOHC. I am the third owner, however, just two families have owned this car. A friend of my Dad's at work purchased it new in 1963 from an Oregon dealership and registered it in California. He owned it for 10 years, sold it to my Dad. I remember as a kid riding in the back seat going to races at Laguna Seca, Candlestick Point, and Crows Landing. Dad drove it for just 3 years including to Mom's 40th high school reunion in Washington, Iowa before parking it in a garage. Car is 50 years old this year/ the last 39 years in my family.

New paint in 2000, rebuilt engine 2005, new interior 2010, new top 2011, and new exhaust 2012. I kept this car with as many original parts as I could; triple Solex carburetors, generator, points and condenser, 400 MM size tires and wheels. Black with a red interior is striking; a real head turner. I get thumbs up, waves, honks, and smiles whenever I take her out for a spin, top down, on a sunny Southern California day.

Extensive work was done by the famed GTA shop in Santa Ana 2011 removing all rust from the kick panels and inside on the frame where you cannot see it. Automobile is maintained by Stewart at APC in Orange. Garaged and car-covered in San Clemente, California. About 73k miles. Looks gorgeous, runs great, sounds beautiful. Fun to drive. Comes with black and gold plates, some original parts, including rubber mats, tonneau cover, car cover, 1:43 model, DVD of S1M0NE. No shipping on this item; just drive it or you arrange to have it shipped home.

While they command a bit more than their smaller stablemate, these 2600 Spiders offer relatively good value for money when it comes to Italian exotics, mainly due to their obscurity as compared to vintage Maseratis and Lancias of the same period. Values for these big Spiders can range from $20,000 to a little over $60,000. I'd suspect this car is somewhere near the top, and will bring a figure solidly in $50,000 territory.

-Paul

1991 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce

It might be Thursday, but now is a good time to head into the weekend featuring some drop top Italians just in time for summer. Even though it has been a cooler than usual spring here on the East Coast, I still have top down motoring on my mind. The Series 4 Alfa Romeo Spider is no stranger to CICFS and a good number were sold stateside, making them a rather accessible, practical classic for those new to the hobby. Of all the colors they painted these final Spiders, my favorite is Rosso Vinaccia, or wine red. These are rather rare to come across, but here is one with the desirable 5-speed manual transmission for sale just outside of Boston.

1991 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce

This is a rare factory color, low miles, rust free Alfa in excellent condition. It has been driven daily in the summer for the last 6 years.

History:
I am the third owner. It was purchased and spent most of its life in Georgia.

Condition:
All aspects of the car (except exhaust and wood gear shift knob) are original and in excellent, working condition. All gauges, devices, accessories, electrical systems and lights are intact and in proper working order with no exceptions down to the vanity mirror and map lights. The air bag warning light has been deactivated due to a typical manufacturing defect. All trim, upholstery and finishes are intact and in excellent condition. The original carpet is slightly worn to the left and rear of the pedals. The paint is original with front bumper respray and minor dent removal. Leather seats and cockpit vinyl trim are supple and uncracked. All rubber is siliconed yearly and is soft and pliable. The engine runs and idles smoothly and starts immediately. The top is perfect with clear rear window. The car drops a small amount of oil within the normal range for Alfas (never needing to be topped up outside of regular 3k mile oil changes). There is a high performance stainless exhaust with chrome tip and a slightly louder exhaust note than stock.

Care and Maintenance:
The car has always been garaged daily and taken off the road and garaged during winter. It has been carefully maintained by Alfa-exclusive mechanics in the Boston area including Accel Automotive and Glynn Motors. Major recent repairs have included new rear springs, transmission rebuild (by Paul Glynn), speedo and tach refurbishment, suspension bushings, new tires, new Stay-Fast convertible top and rear window, new motor mounts. All records are available. The car was meticulously surveyed with a 2 page report from Glynn Motors.

Operation:
Handling is accurate and the steering has no play. The ride is tight and rubbery with no sloppiness, squeaks or rattles. All transmission gears shift smoothly without scratchiness. I am told by the Alfa mechanics that, overall, the car is tighter than most other similar examples they are aware of.

Additional Parts:
Factory Tonneau, Original Manual, Factory Jack and Toolkit, Custom fitted Car Cover, Steering Wheel Security Club

Inspection:
The car will be available to a serious buyer for mechanic's inspection on site

Delivery:
Buyer to arrange pick up and transportation

With a starting bid of $14,000, there’s not a lot of room to move upward here. The best Series 4 Spiders might close in on $20,000, as it seems prices are creeping a little bit upwards. This one, with over $55,000, is still realistically worth somewhere in the $13,000 to $16,000 range.
-Paul

1972 Maserati Indy – REVISIT

Our reader Matthias touched base with us and informed us the Maserati Indy we featured this time last year is back up for sale. These Indys are an uncommon sight when it comes to vintage Maseratis. This particular example has an interesting provenance and wears an eye popping color befitting a 1970s motor. The seller is asking $59,000, a figure that is negotiable, but not unrealistic for a car of this caliber.

1972 Maserati Indy - REVISIT

Maserati Indy 1972 EUROPEAN CAR, only 18.000 originally miles, with rare 4.7 Engine, 4 webers (including original airfilter) and 5-speed ZF manual gearbox, electric windows, power steering, air conditiong etc. Fully equipped. Full documentation, clean US-Title AND Mexican Title. Car was sold new in Italy in 1972 and imported into USA/New York to a lawyer in 1977. Sold and imported to another Lawyer to Mexico-City in 1981, sold to Monterrey (Mexico) in 1986, changing owners there two times over the years and finally sold to Saltillo, Mexico to actual owner in 2006 and actual located in Laredo, Texas, USA (close to port of Houston,interesting for Export).

She is in excellent conditions because she was stripped 10 years ago down to scratch, to be repainted from base. The restauration was completed with new weatherstrips and rubbers and hoses etc. while trying to keep her as originally as possible. She is not welded! No Rust. She has never seen salty coast areas, always has lived in dry climate. Of course she never had an accident. Mechanically she is also very good due to the low kilometers and care. Interior is in excellent condition and mostly original, see pics.

She just got a "Big Inspection" with all fluids changed and all adjustments (including valveplay) made. Ready to drive. Please ask any questions in German (my origin), English or Spanish, my French is unfortunately bad 🙂

The car is sold privately and I offer you of course an independent opinion for this car, if you like 🙂 As told, the paperwork is clean and the car has a fully documentation since born. The car is sold now, because she was stored for some years in a dry garage without driving her due to family reasons, and finally this gave the idea of selling her now into good hands. It would be great to have her back on the street with someone who loves her.

Please contact: Matthias, heyermatthias@gmail.com

The below post originally appeared on our site May 29, 2012:

This past weekend marks the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. One of the most storied events in motor racing, this race has seen dynasties amongst drivers and manufacturers come and go. Few, however, might be aware that Maserati won this race two times on the trot, in 1939 and 1940. The winning car was the 8CTF, with a three liter, 8 cylinder supercharged engine. Driven by Wilbur Shaw, the car was nicknamed the "Boyle Special" in honor of the US sponsor of the team. Maserati almost won again in 1941, but a rear wheel broke loose with 62 laps to go and put the car out of the race.

About 30 years on, Maserati paid homage to these race wins by naming its new sports car after the event. The Indy was a four place, V8 engined coupe positioned under the Ghibli and designed to take over for the Mexico and Quattroporte. This example for sale in Texas is an older restoration with the 4.7 liter engine.

1972 Maserati Indy

Here for sale is a 1972 Maserati Indy, 18,358 original miles with the big "rare" engine for this model/year: 4.7L, V8. Comes with a complete History. I'm helping a friend to sell his car, so I will try to describe the best possible. Options: 4.7L; with 4 webbers; A/A; 5 Speed Manual Transmision; original and fresh weather stripping; leather interior in perfect condition.

History: 1972 to 1977 in Italy; imported to USA in 1977 owned by one person until 1981. Sold and imported to Central Mexico for the owner until 1986; sold and owned from 1986 to 1990; sold and owned from 1990 to 1992; sold and owned from 1992 to 1996; sold and owned from 1997 to 2006; and owned from my friend from 2007 to present. The Maserati in in Texas now for sale. Having all documents and names of all owners. Restoration was done in the late 1990's keeping its originaty.

The seller claims that this car has the "big" engine, but in fact, Maserati offered the even larger 4.9 liter V8 in the Indy starting in 1971. It was detuned to 320 horsepower, 15 less horsepower than what was offered in the Ghibli at the time. This older restoration is showing signs of age. An Indy in perfect condition may command anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000 depending on the robustness of the market, so I would suspect this example may net around $40,000 to $45,000. This car could benefit from some attention towards trim items and a little freshening up of the engine bay. Then you would have a driver in good condition that would be worthy of the odd show and display event.

-Paul