In the years following World War II, plenty of manufacturers went ahead and developed racing specials off existing platforms in an effort for niche models to be more fiscally viable. Alfa Romeo debuted the Sprint Speciale, or SS, in 1959, based off the Giulietta platform. The first 100 cars of the production run were low nose specials devised specifically to meet FIA homologation requirements. With a twin cam engine and a very low coefficient of drag for the period, these were serious contenders. Later, in 1963, a Giulia based Sprint Speciale with a larger, 1.6 liter powerplant would debut. This example for sale in Houston represents the last of the Giulia SS breed, as these cars would disappear after 1966.
Year: 1966 Model: Giulia SS Engine: 1.6 liter inline-4 Transmission: 5-speed manual Mileage: 8,704 mi (?) Price: $132,500 Buy It Now
Motor No. AR00121.01269
One of only 1,400 examples produced between 1962-66
Ideal Example for Tours and Rallies
Verified by Alfa Romeo Historic Motoring
Desirable 1600cc Giulia Model
Striking original-color White SS
The Giulietta Sprint Speciale was a more upscale version of the normal Sprint and featured a smooth, 2-door gran turismo body by Bertone. In the efforts to make the SS as light as possible, the wheelbase was made four inches shorter than the Sprint's. Since it was intended for competition use, the SS only had room for two people and a limited amount of storage for luggage. However, this allowed the cabin to be much more spacious than the four-seat Sprint.
According to Alfa Romeo Historic Motoring, chassis number AR 381227 originally corresponds to Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale (101.21), engine series AR 00121 - Manufactured on the 14th of September 1964 and sold on April 20, 1965 to Alfa Romeo Inc., Newark USA. The example offered here makes for an ideal driver's SS in correct, refreshing non-red paint color and good mechanicals. Other noteworthy items include correct radio delete, Borrani vented wheels, and the unique plenum and air box - considered 'regular' 105 Veloce items, but are believed to be original on the later cars. All body numbers are present on the front hood, rear decklid hinge, and firewall.
The older paintwork is well suited for a touring candidate, while the interior upholstery displays well and appears fairly recent. Its engine compartment remains remarkably clean, while the car runs as strong and smooth as the striking cosmetics imply. Above all, the Giulia SS's appeal lies in its good looks and driving pleasure. It continues to be one of the most recognizable and collectable post-war Alfa Romeos to date.
Note: This Alfa is titled as a 1967 model.
Full Resolution Photos: 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia SS
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Only 1,400 Sprint Speciales were ever built and as such, they are highly prized. There's a lot to like about this car, especially the great contrast between the white exterior and red leather. The asking price for this car is about on par with what average examples are pulling these days, with the very best verging towards $200,000. Given the rarity of this car and what you pay for similar Ferrari and Lamborghinis of the era, this car offers a lot of style and lore for the money.
Fiat has been back with us here in the US for a few years now, first with their retro 500 and now with a larger 500L thrown in the product mix. We'll see a crossover this Spring, called the 500X, but one type of car is glaringly missing. A sports car. Specifically, something with an open roof. If you'll remember, the Fiat 124 Spider and Fiat X1/9 were the last two Fiats sold in the US before the 500's return in 2012. Toward the end, those two sporting vehicles were sold under the Pininfarina and Bertone badge, respectively. While the 124 Spider was a traditional roadster with a front engine/rear drive chassis, the X1/9, like the one we see here for sale from our reader John, was a decidedly more forward looking sports car, with a targa roof and mid engine. There are still a few out there kicking around in the classifieds, but few come more clean or rust-free.
Looking for an mid-engine Italian sports roadster that doesn't cost more than your house?
This is my 1980 Fiat X1/9 "Abarth" Targa roadster with 84,859 original miles. This car was styled and designed by Bertone in Italy, and for that reason it is often called a "Baby Ferrari" or "Baby Lamborghini".
This are fast, fun, great-handling cars that are becoming much more rare and collectible in recent years. The styling has become classic and these cars are simple to work on and easy to find parts.
This car is a 1.5L with the lift-off targa top which stows in the front trunk. It is a 5-speed manual transmission and it has had an excellent stereo system installed with a JVC head unit, Polk Audio speakers and a 600-watt SPL amplifier.
This car is particularly unique because it is completely RUST-FREE. It is clean and rust-free in every corner and every crevice. This body is solid in every possible place you can look. It is amazing actually.
The interior of the car has been reupholstered and recarpeted with new materials and it looks excellent. This job cost about $1000 and it looks beautiful.
This Fiat runs and drives perfectly. The suspension is all-new and the car handles amazingly well. The engine, transmission, brakes, suspension, steering, etc are working properly with no known issues.
This is probably the cleanest, best-condition X1/9 you will find for sale anywhere. It isn't perfect, there are some minor areas of clearcoat peeling and a few nicks/scratches.
I have a stack of service receipts as well as a repair manual and factory service manual that go with the car.
This car is kept inside my heated warehouse in Willoughby. Email me or call/text me at 440-339-4341 to see the car.
The color on this X1/9 is certainly eye popping but it fits with the period and playful nature of this car. Considering the mileage and condition, the price is about on the mark with where the X1/9 market is currently. You would certainly have a difficult time finding a better deal on a piece of Bertone sculpture to park amongst your collection.
There are sport sedans, and then there are sport sedans. While some manufacturers might be content to tinker a bit with cylinder bores and valves or add a bit of forced induction to come up with a hot version of a sedan, Lancia, in their usual fashion, went about things differently. They dropped a 2.9 liter Ferrari V8 under the hood of their executive sedan. And thus, the Thema 8.32 was born. With the addition of a cross plane crank and modified firing order, this car was a screamer in its day, capable of 60 mph in under seven seconds. The Thema 8.32 is a unique car indeed, and this particular example for sale in Switzerland is made even more so with rare blue paintwork and custom alloys.
Very nice 8.32 in a very rare color combination, 18" three piece aluminum wheels (customized especially for this vehicle). Modified chassis includes new shock absorbers, new front and rear brakes, revised brake calipers, timing belt and water pump replaced, great service history and great condition
It's great that many of these Thema 8.32s are now eligible for importation to the US, as a few, like this one, are over 25 years of age. It would take some nerve to own one here, though. Make friends with your local Ferrari mechanic and say a prayer, because servicing on such a rare beast will not be easy on these shores. But, for the dedicated few, you could be proud in saying you own what could be considered the closest thing to a four-door Ferrari this side of a fifth generation Maserati Quattroporte.
Alfa Romeo has had fits and starts with a return to the US market over the last few years. In 2008, the 8C Competizione was unleashed on US customers in limited numbers, giving the well-heeled an opportunity to once again bask in automotive nirvana that the brand has been known for over the years. Now with the introduction of the 4C Coupe and Spider, ownership of an Alfa Romeo is becoming ever more realistic for those of us stateside. Luckily, there have been enthusiasts who dutifully preserved classic Spiders, the car which brought Alfa Romeo fame on these shores. This Series 4 Spider for sale from our reader David is one of the rare Commemorative Editions, which marked the end for the 105/115 series Spider after an impressive three decade production run.
1994 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce CE (Commemorative Edition)
Number 15 of only 190 Alfa Romeo Spiders sold in the US in 1994 - the last year in the US after a 27 year production run.
~22,000 original miles. Verde Inglese (Green) with original pristine tan leather and Alcantara interior.
All original except routine maintenance items (battery, fluids, tires, rear muffler).
Original window sticker and leather portfolio and books.
Items unique to only the 190 1994 Commemorative Edition Spiders: Numbered dash plaque, wood grain door and console trim and gear shift knob, CE badges on nose, rear, numbered key chain, unique wheel center caps, etc.
Fully professionally serviced, shifts perfectly, cold A/C, drive anywhere (car thoroughly professionally inspected, all synthetic fluids, valve clearances adjusted, new rear muffler and tailpipe, Pirellis all around, motor mounts and suspension components "look like a 2 year old car").
Excellent original condition. Pristine original tan leather/Alcantera interior. NO dash cracks. All original paint with minor blemishes on nose and rear trunk lid which can be professionally detailed if desired. Absolutely NO dings, dents, rust, prior accident damage. Drives beautifully, shifts smoothly (no 2nd gear synchro crunch), wonderful highway cruising all day long at 70+ mph.
Fairly priced at $19,900 (you will not find another CE with <25,000 miles for <$25,000). Car located in Chapel Hill, NC. Serious buyers only are welcome to call David at: Nine-One-Nine-27-Zero-4228 or email at 94SpiderCE@gmail.com
The Series 4 Spider will always be a favorite of mine, as it mixes classic looks with integrated bumpers and the reliability of Bosch Motronic engine management and an electric fan. Even though this is labeled a 1994 model, Spider production ended in 1993, with this CE model being one of them to roll off the line. Given the condition and mileage of this example, the price is in the ballpark. When you consider what you pay for early 105/115 Spiders and that Alfa Romeo is set to introduce a new Spider in the near future, the collectability quotient for these roadsters is strong.
The Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta Lusso is, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful cars ever produced. I don't heap such praise lightly, but there's something about the low slung nature of this coupe, with its soft, flowing Pininfarina lines that embodies the true GT spirit. Unlike most Ferraris, this is a car that looks better in a shade other than the ubiquitous Rosso Corsa. Steve McQueen was famous for owning one of these very Ferraris in a subtle Marrone Metallizzato, or Metallic Brown. This Blue Notte example with Bordeaux leather interior is equally stunning. This is a car that is begging to do the run from St. Tropez to the Champs-Élysées.
The Ferrari 250 GT/L or 'Lusso' is the last evolution of the famed Ferrari 250 Berlinetta line of vehicles; one of the most beautiful cars ever made. The car was initially revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October 1962, the last vehicle to carry the iconic "250" name, carrying design and performance features from legendary cars such as the GTO and SWB. Such DNA meant that the Lusso was not only one of the best looking Ferraris ever made, but also one of the best to drive; the ultimate Grand Tourer, focused on luxury over competition.
The vehicle we are fortunate enough to offer is number 329 of 350 built and comes with an extensive service and ownership history. The car was delivered to Germany in 1964 before moving to a new home in France in 1972. The vehicle enjoyed a full restoration in the 1990s, before going on to be a serial concourse vehicle in the 00s. In 2008, the vehicle became Ferrari certified and is subsequently presented with its 'Classiche' folder. Originally Blue Notte, the car sits in the same colour it left the factory, now over Bordeaux hide and is in absolutely beautiful condition. There has never been a better time to buy one of the most beautiful Ferraris ever made; a guaranteed long-term earner and one of the most enjoyable vehicles to drive and own.
Not only was this one of the most gorgeous Ferraris ever produced, but it was to be the swan song for the 250 line, a series dating back to 1953. Only 350 copies were ever produced, and those that still exist are highly prized. Values for the Lusso began to take off at the beginning of this decade. It is now hard to find any for under $1,000,000, and those in exquisite condition, such as we see here, can push $2.5 million. For those who have the means, there are few cars that embody speed, class and old world craftsmanship better than this particular Ferrari.
This square-jawed 164 LS presents the rare opportunity to purchase what is, in my opinion, the ideal configuration of a 164. It starts with the superlative 164 LS platform; introduced in 1994, it brought a 210hp 24V engine, a refreshed interior with - and this is difficult to believe - an updated version of the sea of button 90s HVAC controls, and handsome body-matched cladding - a notable improvement over the grey cladding in 1991-1993 cars. Usually, to upgrade to the 164 Q's 232hp, you have to stomach the swaths of grey body cladding, which have their place, but are by no means subtle. Fortunately for LS owners, it's possible to surpass the Q's 232hp spec with a Squadra chip upgrade and the Q's 45mm intake runners - $860 in kit form. In the case of this car, the chip is already present, so it's just a matter finding some $400 (or less used) 45mm Q runners to get to a claimed 240hp. Not bad for this black tuxedo of a sedan.
Year: 1995 Model: 164 LS Engine: 3.0 Liter V6 Transmission: 5-speed manual Mileage: 79,000 mi Price: $7,200
With a bit of trepidation and reluctance, I’m selling my 1995 164LS. I bought it here in 2009 from fellow member sjmst. I brought it to the left coast and have driven it about 29,000 miles since purchased. Need to shed this one to make room and some funds to assist the completion of my GT junior redo. Looks like I’m the 4th or 5th owner based on the materials I’ve been provided. Most everything from a copy of the original Monroney window sticker on through the most recent work detailed below is documented. Still in great condition, properly maintained by a AR specialty shop when needed and about as clean as you’ll find. Runs fast and firm, a great grand tourer with a lot of ‘sport’ mixed in. Now to the details (a lot of which I’ll plagiarize from the 2009 trade / sale post from where I purchased…):
Asking Price: $7,200
Black/Black, 5speed, 3L 24V
Photos @ flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129463...7648339523413/ take a look there and if there are others you want, ask and they will post there.
Located in SF Bay Area, CA
• 17” wheels w Falken Z1EX 225/45 17’s with ~19k miles on them w/ lots of life left
• Squadra chip
• B&G springs
• Goats repaired LCD HVAC display – all works and legible
• Invisible bra at leading edge of hood – no stone chips there as a result
• One small seam split in FL seat, professionally repaired and unnoticeable
• Headliner redone and flawless
• Original owner manuals, tools, keys, alarm fobs included (never could figure out how to program/reset for the fobs though)
• Original AM/FM/Cassette unit with 6 disc changer in trunk. All operable though the speakers are old and crap (usable and OK with me – I like hearing the 24V music) and should be replaced
• Dash is 10/10 – no cracks, no fading or warping, interior is 9or10/10, exterior
is probably 8 or 9/10 (I’m picky)
Things not working, not working right or maybe in need of attention (most from the PO’s list and have not been an issue, some added by me over time):
• DS front seat heater switch ‘iffy’ – mostly does not work, sometimes the display icon will come on but I don’t sense heat. Never need that where I am so never bothered with it
• Small ‘dimples’ in DS front seat bottom, kind of back right corner. Leather is not jeopardized at all and I think it’s just a normal defect expected in cow hides (PO thought it may be from former owners, keys in pocket sort of thing). I say not.
• Misc minor dings (you’ll see not really noticeable when visiting the photos)
• Bottom cladding – at rear valance – ‘nubby’ paint is wearing off a bit in spots. Not a big issue and with the black material, not too noticeable.
• Small bubble areas where paint is failing / peeling on front bumper. ~1”x2” area and base material is black so not too noticeable but would eventually warrant a respray
• PO says was rearended lightly about a year before I acquired. Professionally repaired with new bumper cover, paint, aluminum strip via PO (I have receipts). Good job, not any noticeable difference from surrounding areas.
• Refrigerant lasts about 1-1.5 seasons per charge. Must be slow leak somewhere but the charge can be done easily at a low cost so has been no big deal to me.
• HVAC controls all work as intended though the link to the heater flap door must be disconnected (under dash?). I’ve read here on the BB kind of a pain to R&R. My solution has been to adjust to my liking based on season by moving the actuator arm behind the false firewall a bit to provide more, less or no hot air to the cabin. Again, I’m in a very mild climate
with minimal seasonal swings so not been an issue.
• Seat height adjustment function does not work well. Teeth or belt(?) stripped or jumped? Front/back/seatback tilt all fully functional otherwise
• PO represented hood repainted at time of adding the invisibra (looks great)
• Trunk lifting gas struts getting tired – need assistance to raise the trunk fully but holds it there once opened
• Stone chip very top edge of L headlight lens.
I think that’s about it for the ‘defects’ etc. list. If not on this list, assume all else in good/very good to perfect condition but feel free to ask on specific things of interest or concern. Now on to things done since purchase:
• Smog check and registration done 1/14. Engine runs cleaner than my newer supposedly low emissions vehicles (Mini, Audi 2L)
• Steering rack replaced w/ properly rebuilt unit. Rock solid (aligned too) 5/14
• Fuel pump inc pump relays, Oil sensor unit replaced 5/13
• Brake Master Cylinder, Clutch Slave cylinder + hose 12/11
• Fan wiring harness, temp sensor, A arms replaced 3/11
• Plugs + tune, RR window regulator replacement, O2 sensor, transaxle fluid changed 3/10
• Serpentine belt, T-belt, bypass hoses, water pump replaced 3/09 (@ 50,100mi).
That’s about it. A fun car that gets smiles and comments by those both in the know and clueless as to what it is and a very good example of the last year and low volume US spec ’95 164.
Let the tire kicking begin!
The 164 platform is much less prone to rust than the earlier transaxle cars - not that rust should be too much of a concern for a California car like this one. Judging from the photos and description, exterior blemishes seem to be minimal, allowing the eye to focus on the flat surfaces and sharp creases so vital to the handsome Pininfarina wedge. Coming as more of a surprise is the state of the front leather seats, which are in remarkably superb condition, even for a car with relatively low mileage like this. Additional confidence as a buyer comes in the form of a fully repaired and functional climate control LCD screen - a common weak point on 164.
Mechanically speaking, this car is long overdue for a timing belt change; we wouldn't drive it far on the current 6 year-old belt. The belt jobs are expensive on these cars, especially when performed at a shop, so do not consider the rather optimistic asking price impervious to this reality. We'd also be prepared to spend some money on the air conditioning to address refrigerant leak, though it seems that we have a rare instance of a car with functioning A/C that actually does need the occasional recharge - a nice relief from the typical Craigslist seller's refrain. With a fresh timing belt, water pump, and A/C service, this 164 LS offers the rare opportunity to experience a 164 in 1990s condition, saving you 1.21 gigawatts in the process.
Our guest contributor from flüssig magazine, Andy, is perpetually scanning the classifieds for unique cars. He came across this 1976 Lamborghini Uracco P250 for sale, one of the most attainable Lamborghinis as of late. However, like air-cooled 911s pushing up the values of other P-cars like 944s and 928s, this Uracco is benefitting from the ever increasing values of classic Lamborghinis. Want to stand out from the crowd of V12 Lambos? Try one of these V8 wedges.
1976 Lamborghini Urraco P250. Arancio (Orange) Exterior with very original Black and Grey Interior. Original 2.5L Single Overhead-Cam V-8 and 5 Speed Manual Transmission. Features include Air Conditioning, Power Windows, AM/FM Radio, Proper Tool Kit, and rare Original Alloy Wheels with Proper Michelin XWX Radials. Showing only 35,357 Kilometers (21,969 miles), and lots of evidence of a life of gentle use. Just in from very particular collector and Mershon family friend. Recent service included Timing Belt, Ignition and Carburetor Overhaul by well recognized Columbus OH Evans Automotive. Documentation include service receipts, owner history and interesting paper trail from its original export from Antwerp to Jacksonville FL in 1983. Very nicely finished in its original color combination, well detailed, serviced and ready to enjoy. The Urraco served as Lamborghini's competitive answer to Ferrari's Dino and Porsche's 911. Designed by Marcello Gandini and shaped by Berton, this is one of just a few Lamborghini models to offer 2+2 seating. Widely considered to be undervalued in todays constantly appreciating Lamborghini lineup, recent sales suggest the Urraco in general is a wise investment. Being one of only 520 P250 Urraco's built, this example would be a perfect addition or start to any collection.
This Uracco could be considered the father to the Gallardo 6-speed we featured last week. Smaller, lighter and down on cylinder count versus its larger siblings, the Uracco nonetheless hold an important place in Lamborghini history, as it went on to form the basis of the later Jalpa and Silhouette. These three cars were the only ones to feature the V8 engine designed by Gian Paolo Dallara, who designed race cars for the Williams F1 team and expanded later into IndyCar. It's pedigree like this that gets collectors' attention.
I never thought I'd see the day where the manual transmission would disappear from the Lamborghini lineup, but it has arrived. No longer can one opt for the third pedal in any of the magnificent cars to come from Sant'Agata Bolognese. Much like the 6-speed manual Ferrari 612 Scaglietti we featured recently, this transmission seems to be a relic of the past in high-end sports cars. Which is sad. While they may be more technically advanced, faster and more efficient, it doesn't solve the problem that some motorists, like myself, want their fun back. If you fall into this category, then check out this Gallardo LP550-2 for sale in Texas. This is one of the last 6-speed manual Lamborghinis to be produced and is rear-wheel drive. Like the hue in which it is painted, Bianco Monocerus, we're looking at purity.
Lamborghini Houston is proud to offer this beautiful 2012 Lamborghini LP550-2 Coupe 6-Speed in Bianco Monocerus over a Nero Perseus Interior with 6,328 miles. The LP550-2 is powered by a 5.2L V10 engine producing 550 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque through a Rear Wheel Drive system and a 6-Speed Manual Transmission. This LP550-2 is further enhanced with the following:
Brake Calipers in Black
Front End Lifting System
Transparent Engine Bonnet
Leather Package I
Anti Theft System
This LP550-2 is further equipped with:
20” VRG-2 Rays Wheels
Bolt-On Catback Exhaust
White probably wouldn't be the color I'd select on such a shouty supercar, but I certainly wouldn't turn my nose up at it, either. Around $160,000 to $180,000 is about what you would expect to pay currently for an LP500-2 of this vintage with this kind of negligible mileage on the odometer. Considering you would spend well over $200,000 for a 2015 Huracan, I think I'd opt for the last of the three-pedal breed as we see here.
Large Ferraris remind me of French luxury cars. Often misunderstood, somewhat rare outside their home market and more often than not passed over for their smaller stable mates. Such is the case with the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, a lesser known model in recent Ferrari history but rather significant, as this would be one of the last front-engined, V12 Ferraris available with a true 6-speed manual gearbox. It was also the second all-aluminum Ferrari behind the 360 Modena. This 612 for sale in Missouri is one of about 10% of 3,025 612 Scaglietti's equipped with the 6-speed manual, looking resplendent in Tour de France Blue.
Year: 2005 Model: 612 Scaglietti Engine: 5.7 liter V12 Transmission: 6-speed manual Mileage: 20,491 mi Price: $188,500 Buy It Now
Ferrari's 2005 612 Scaglietti
Jumbo Grand Touring Family Flagship!
One of only the very few "real Ferrari" gated 6-speed manuals ever produced in this model!
Finished in "unreal" Tour de France Blue with Cuoio Power Daytona leather seats and headliner!
Just turned 20k actual fully serviced miles!
The largest Ferrari to ever shade the pavement, was designed to be a car capable of blistering Ferrari performance while seating 4 adults! Over 2.8 inches more headroom than its forebear 456 and at the same time 25% more luggage space making this a true "family" Ferrari!
Wow! Powered by a DOHC 5.7 liter, 533 horsepower V-12, the 612 "Scag" becomes the first 12 cylinder Ferrari to use aluminum space frame and body! No Ferrari has ever been so comfortable and easy going! The supple-riding 612 feels soft and pliable, yet controllable at any speed. But at the same time very quick while tapping on the V-12's performance peddle. This Ferrari really goes!
The interior is very roomy while the dashboard is simple but tastefully and beautifully finished, mostly in a variety of leathers. A prominent alloy band separates the dark upper dash from the lighter lower area while incorporating large circulator air vents. The instruments are an incongruous mix of analog and digital displays. The seats are firm, supportive and power adjustable as is the steering wheel. This is a very powerful 4-seat "GT" supercar!
Factory equipped with the very unheard of "Gated 6-speed manual," heated power Daytona seats, Scuderia shields, Rosso Corsa calipers, "HTGS sport package suspension," modular wheels, parking sensors! Wow, what a machine that you can drive everyday and take your kids along as well! Just serviced and inspected including the major belt service completed on 8/15/2014 at 20,382 miles, original keys (2), books, tools in original plastic bags, tire repair kit and excellent service records!
Absolutely pristine example and the one you have been waiting for! This is like going to your Ferrari dealer and finding a new 612 Scaglietti they forgot they had! Once in a lifetime opportunity here with the 6-speed and a color combo that is off the charts! It just doesn't get any better than this. Would love to add you to our 40 year satisfied customer base and will make everything easy and painless with a money back guarantee in writing if not as represented and no one but "Wilhoit" does this. Money isn't worth anything if you don't invest in something you really want!
Please call Michael personally at 417-869-7000 or 417-839-1258 cell/text for an accurate description of this car and the current market conditions! Hurry! Will trade!
I was talking with Andy over at flüssig magazine, as his father is a 612 Scaglietti owner. He frequents the FerrariChat forum and has noted an increase in demand for 612 Scagliettis and 599GTBs with 6-speed manual gearboxes, as Ferrari has ceased making any more cars with three pedals as of 2012. It should be noted that several hundred 612 Scagliettis were recalled in the US market due to a clutch sensor malfunction, so even if they are more efficient and quicker, you still have a bit more reliability with the old foot operated clutch. A small bit of comfort, then, for traditionalists like myself.
Walking to work in Dearborn, I'm bombarded daily with the flat-plane crank soundtrack of the recently-revealed Ford Mustang GT350's 5.2L V8 - an impressive nod to the signature element of any Maranello V8. Odd then, that I'm left longing for the burble of the anomalous (for an Italian) American-style cross-plane Ferrari V8 that propelled Maserati through the turn of the century. My neighbor up the street had a Maser Coupe Cambiacorsa when I was in high school, and I could hear it from a mile away - affording me enough time to run out the front door and listen to it blip through the gears as it slowed into the driveway. While this Coupe GT is the less-common, conventional 6-speed manual, I'd gladly trade the raucous paddle-actuated downshifts for extended clutch life and the enjoyment provided by a third pedal.
Year: 2004 Model: Coupe GT Engine: 4.2 Liter V8 Transmission:6-speed manual Mileage: 22,300 mi Price: $30,400
Rare 6 speed manual transmission. Ferrari sourced 390 HP 4.2 liter V8. Heated seats, navigation, aluminum racing pedals, Leather headliner, Skyhook suspension, xenon headlights, optional Audition sound system. Stunning beige/gray leather interior, cruise control, AC, memory power seats. Michelin Pilot Sport Tires. No accidents, never tracked, religiously serviced. Cosmetically close to showroom condition inside and out. Great mechanical condition, just had 1 year service completed. All available service records. Car comes complete with factory tool kit, original window sticker, all manuals, and a spare set of factory wheels. Everything works, no stories. If you want a Maserati Coupe in close to perfect condition, you won't find a better deal. Price is $30,400 OBO. Original sticker price on this vehicle was $96,483.
Having witnessed the damage that UV rays can inflict upon leather dashboards of Ferrari 456 and 550s, I approve of the seller's use of a dash cover. A private inspection would cost 1% of the asking price, and hopefully vindicate the seller's assertion of religious service history and great mechanical condition. For me, the greatest appeal in the Maserati V8 is the availability of replacement engines - at a quarter of the price of, say, a Ferrari 360 V8. Keep a spare in the garage, and drive the Maser with the windows down and the tach up.