Fiat's rebirth in the United States with the 500 models and a partnership with Chrysler is a bit of a sad turn of events for the legendary company in my mind. True, it's great to see them back on U.S. shores, but when one considers some of the legendary Fiats that we've seen over their storied history, it's hard to get on board with the somewhat trendy but hardly classic new 500 and awful but strangely popular 500L. They've gone from a company tied to some of the most respected names in the automobile industry to making appliances for the masses. Where does an enthusiast turn for solace? One of my favorite Fiats has to be the handsome Pininfarina designed 130 Coupe:
Year: 1972 Model: 130 Coupe Engine: 3.0 liter V6 Transmission: 5-speed manual Mileage: 50,000 mi Price: $23,000
MAGNIFICENT AND ELEGANT AUTOMOBILE IN NEW LIKE CONDICTION
MANUAL TRASMISION 5 SPEED
LOOK LIKE NEW
NO DENT OR RUST
CAR IS READY TO DRIVE ANYWHERE
BODY AND INTERIOR ORIGINAL
A/C WORKING CONDICTION
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It's hard to believe that the air conditioning works on this car considering some of the older Italian car's notoriety for nothing working at all. Yet, here is a pristine, claimed original condition 130 Coupe. It's just so pretty, so advanced for the time it looks like it could have been made a decade later. The 5-speed and solid color combination make this a particularly nice option. Asking price is a bit more than a fully optioned 500, but really, which would you rather have?
For car enthusiasts in the US, waiting 25 years for a car to become legal to import can be excruciating. But dial back to the 1960s and 1970s and there’s plenty of interesting cars that are rare on these shores that you could import with zero hassles. One of my favorites is the Lancia Fulvia Coupe. For a design from the 1960s it was exceptionally clean and minimalistic and hid some advanced technology underneath, such as front-wheel drive and a 5-speed gearbox. This later 1976 Fulvia was recently imported from Italy and was recently given a respray.
Year: 1976 Model: Fulvia 1.3S Engine: 1.3 liter V4 Transmission: 5-speed manual Mileage: 60,000 mi Price: No reserve auction
This car was imported from Italy recently ,as you can see in the photos it is in great condition with no rust has all the original panels with no sign of accidents, all the instruments are in working order, repaint is in great condition, interior also great condition. Sold with the original Black plate has Italian papers and customs forms. This is a no reserve auction. Thanks for looking and for more info please call Franco at 917-596-4331
Vintage Lancias, like Saabs, have always been the thinking man’s classic in my estimation. Probably not surprising, then, that Lancia and Saab created a joint venture by way of the Lancia Integrale and Saab-Lancia 600 in the early 1980s, respectively. Even with front-wheel drive, the Fulvia is a great handling classic and a hoot to drive on a rally stage. Expect to pay in the mid $20,000 range for a good Fulvia, with exceptional ones these days reaching into the $30,000 bracket.
The large executive Coupe was something that was very popular in the 1950s and 1960s in America; but in Europe, the idea took a bit longer to catch on. Still, by the 1970s we saw increasing examples from manufacturers going through major growth - BMW and Mercedes joined the big coupe market, along with new examples from Ferrari and Lamborghini. But one that is seldom thought of in that company is the Fiat 130 Coupe; Pininfarina designed and with a Ferrari-designed V6 mated to a ZF 5-speed, it's the forgotten sleeper of the large executive coupe market in the 1970s:
Year: 1973 Model: 130 Coupe Engine: 3.2 liter V6 Transmission: 5-speed manual Mileage: 67,000 mi Price: Reserve Auction
Somehow it seems the words "luxury" and "Fiat" should never be used in the same sentence. For some unknown reason the folks at Fiat decided they wanted to compete in the high end with the likes of Mercedes and BMW ... and the 130 was born. As was expected of a luxury car it needed to be spacious and has a lot of user amenities.
The first time I saw a 130 I had to tell myself ... now that is as weird as they come ... and of course I loved it! The car has a very 70's look with a lot of glass. Remember that these were the days when BMW had the 2002 and Mercedes were boxes with tons of glass. Unfortunately the Fiat 130 was never imported into the USA therefore finding one on these shores is rare. This car was just imported in 2012 and spent all its life in Italy. Several things attracted me to this particular car:
I love the color combination as it is very 1970's. The blue exterior has a hint of purple and what is not to like of the mustard leather! What makes this Fiat 130 rather unique is that most had velour interior. This has the optional leather interior. The leather is original and in really nice condition. It really makes the car look quite elegant. The other big plus is that it has the optional 5-speed ZF gearbox which was also used on the 2.4 liter Fiat Dino. Only about 10% of the Fiat 140 had this gearbox, the rest were automatic.
So how is it to drive? Surprisingly the car feels a lot smaller on the road than it really is. The V6 engine was designed by Ferrari engineer Aurelio Lampredi and is loosely based on the Dino V6 engine. The engine feels very peppy and likes to rev. The gearbox has very short throws and gives the car a sporty feel. It has ZF power steering which gives the car a very good handling. The independent rear suspension is identical to the Fiat Dino and is rather sophisticated.
Paint is quite nice and the interior speaks for itself. The body is in excellent condition. There are a few rust bubbles on the right fender which were this way when I bought the car and has not gotten worst. The undercarriage is straight and rust free. Chrome is nice as is the glass. There is a crack on the inner laminate of the rear glass. The crack does not extend to the outside of the glass and it is barely noticeable. Mechanically the car is very good with no smoke or major oil leaks. AC works as do the gauges, power windows, power steering etc.
The car was imported into the USA a couple of years ago from Modena, Italy. It falls under the 25 years exemption which permits cars to be imported and not be subject to the DOT and EPA regulations of that year. Therefore this car retains the beautiful European headlights which I am sure would have been modified had Fiat brought the car into the USA ... also it would have had much bigger (and uglier) bumpers.
Overall this is the type of car that shows that it has been loved all of its life. It is what I would call an honest car which has its expected faults as it is after all 41 years old.I have really enjoyed owning this Fiat 130 but it is time to move on as I need the garage space for other stuff.
Car comes with its original owner's manual plus a copy of the shop manual.
Feel free to call me if you have questions: 770-998-0923 Ivan
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The condition on this car is impressive, and the styling really stands out. Sure, it's not as much of a draw as some of the more exotic metal from the other Italian manufacturers and you could easily argue that the BMW 3.0CS is a better looking car. But really good examples of the 3.0 are heading up towards $100,000 these days and the same is true of any of the Lamborghini or Ferrari examples. So what you have here is a budget exotic; few will know what it is, but you'll have the driving experience that relies on ties to the more exotic siblings it is related to. At the end of the day, this car screams cool 1970s Italian and I'd love to be seen in it; slap your best suit on, pack the Campari, slick your hair back and head for Lake Como. But this car can be had for a fraction of the cost of anything else that would give you the feeling this package would.
In the realm of memorable Lancias, the Flaminia doesn't often come to mind for most enthusiasts. Indeed, even when Top Gear did their memorable Lancia episode, the Flaminia wasn't even mentioned. That's a shame, because while the Fulvia, Stratos, 037 and later models really created the rally legend, the Flaminia was an absolutely stunning coupe that was easily as beautiful as some of its contemporary Alfa Romeos and even Ferraris. Available in Pininfarina, Zagato or Touring designs, this example of the latter represents a rare opportunity to get into a classic, early Lancia:
Year: 1963 Model: Flaminia GTL Touring Coupe Engine: 2.8 liter V6 Transmission: 4-speed manual Mileage: TMU mi Price: $65,000 Buy It Now
Selling a lovely 1963 Lancia Flaminia Touring L coupe 3C for a client.
The car is rust and alloy corrosion free, and has been a West Coast car since it was brought into the US in the early 60's. Well cared for and never seriously damaged.
What small amount of rust was removed from the inner sills professionally and fresh metal welded in correctly. The pictures tell the tale here.
The car was media stripped to bare aluminum about 5 years ago and the car was repainted, a dark metallic blue roof over a lighter metallic blue bottom. The paint work was done to a good club standard and not concours, not to say the car is not very show able but again not concours on paint. The bumpers, grille, tail light housings and other bits were very nicely re-chromed. The car has a full set of new tires from Coker Tire (all 5)
The car had a very extensive and correct valve job performed and the carbs gone through along with the entire front suspension was re bushed and re built (not a small task on a Flaminia) all this work was carried out by a very skilled technician with previous Lancia experience, who also replaced (with correct new factory parts) the exhaust system from the factory cast iron headers back.
The rubber in the front and rear windshield was replace with new correct replacements from Italy along with the seals in the doors and around the roof where the windows meet the roof.
Most recently the interior was completely gone through, with new leather seats side and door panels, and a new headliner and Wilton Wool carpets. The only part of the interior that is original is the top of the dash board. The workmanship is incredible.
The car drives very well and does not smoke, I saw the engine when the heads were off and the cylinders looked excellent. All water hoses were replaced when that work was performed as well. There is none of the drive line vibration that plagues these cars when there are issues. It is absolutely smooth and the gear box is spectacular, brakes work properly and do not pull but there is some low speed brake squeal when your barely on the brake pedal. Steering is excellent and what you would expect from a solid well maintained car. The mileage shown is 33,928 KM but I am more inclined to believe that it is 133,928 KM but can not confirm that. Probably good to mention that this car has the long nose transaxle and hence the shorter drive shaft.
If your looking for a very well sorted, great driving older exotic this could be for you. The car was built to be a driver and made a cross country trip from the West Coast to the East Coast for the East Coast Lancia Reunion after the mechanical work was performed. The car has also received trophies at several events. (not included with the car)
Please call if you have interest or questions I am more than happy to answer any and all questions. Jim 425 238 5317, please remember I am on the West Coast so reasonable hours please. Should you get the message please leave your number and I will return your call at my earliest convenience.
More than happy to help arrange shipping to anywhere in the world, if you need or want me to get shipping quotes for you, I am happy to do that. The client wants to put another car in his stable and needs the room or this car would not be for sale, it is priced very fairly and I feel the reserve is set too low, but that is his decision.
Obviously, having fairly recently undergone a major restoration, the condition of the car is pretty impeccable and for that alone it stands apart from most of the early Lancia crowd. Certainly you'll be in rarefied company if you purchase this machine, but I really think wherever you go it will be greatly appreciated. The color combination is lovely, the engine is said to run well, and the major headaches are gone from worrying about what's underneath the shine. Pricing for such a turn key car will undoubtedly be high, but this price even might be a bit optimistic; for $65,000, it's roughly $10,000 higher than what Hagerty places top value at - and the Flaminia market has been pretty flat over the past few years. For the right person, if you like the color combination especially, this might still not be a bad deal, but I'd like to see all the records and the car in person before forking over a 20% premium over the market value.
There are few cars prettier, in my opinion, than the Lancia Fulvia Coupe. So delicate are the details of this car that you barely notice how small this two-door really is until you get right up on it. But beauty also lies beyond the surface in this case, with an innovative narrow angle V-4 engine, 5-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive that gave this car the prowess it needed to dominate on the rally circuit. Fulvias are few and far between in the US, but this one just arrived via Italy and is looking for a good home.
Year: 1976 Model: Fulvia 1.3S Coupe Engine: 1.3 liter V4 Transmission: 5-speed manual Mileage: 65,240 mi Price: $22,000 Buy It Now
This car just arrived from Italy, as you can see in the photos it is in great condition with no rust has all the original panels with no sign of accidents, all the instruments are in working order, repaint is in great condition, interior also great cond. sold with the original Black plate has Italian papers and customs forms. Thanks for looking and for more info please call Franco at 917-596-4331
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These Lancia Fulvias are one of the best kept secrets of the classic Italian car game. While they may not have the rear drive handling characteristics of the Alfa Romeo 105/115 GT and GTV coupes, it has similarly handsome lines and an engineering pedigree that predates the Fiat/Lancia merger. The asking price is just about right for what appears to be a very nicely kept example, as the high end for Fulvias of similar vintage tend to hover around the mid to high $20,000 range.
Lancia is one of those manufacturers that is virtually unknown in the US market. Consumers on these shores would be surprised to find out that a manufacturer from afar is mostly comprised of a rebadged Chrysler product range. Currently, the Chrysler Sebring Convertible is doing duty in Europe under the badge of this very car, the Flavia. The original Flavia was Lancia's mid-sized offering from the early 1960s to mid 1970s and featured an aluminum, horizontally opposed four cylinder, four-wheel disc brakes and unequal length front wishbone suspension. Available in sedan, coupe and cabriolet form, Pininfarina was responsible for the styling on the car featured here for sale in New Jersey, an unrestored 1964 Flavia Coupe.
Year: 1964 Model: Flavia Coupe Engine: 1.5 liter flat-4 Transmission: 4-speed manual Mileage: 39,455 mi Price: No reserve auction
Original unrestored 1964 Lancia Flavia Pininfarina Coupe just woken up after 16-year slumber. Early 1500cc motor with (2) 2-bbl solex carbs. Always garaged, overall solid condition. I purchased the car in 1990 with 33,475 miles on the odometer – and it had not been driven for several years before I bought it. I drove it about 6,000 miles before it went into the garage (coincidentally when now 16-year-old kid was born). I have some records, but not enough to know actual mileage.
Damage to cylinder wall of one cylinder and no compression in that cylinder. Car starts easily and can be driven (once warmed up) but motor requires cylinder repair. I just drove home 10 miles from mechanic, but I wouldn’t recommend driving much farther.
Rebuilt brake booster just installed and brake line replaced, brakes work but pedal is stiff. Old booster in trunk (with lots of other stuff). Some rust behind front wheels (jack points) but underside, floors and sub-frame are solid. Leather interior, front seats worn with loose stitching. Rear seat, door panels and headliner are excellent. Dash cover and kneepad rebuilt in 1994 (foam had turned to dust). Original Nardi steering wheel in excellent condition with operable hi-beam flash in center.
Electrical mostly works, horn and low beams not currently operating, but I think everything else is ok, including engine compartment light when hood is open and engine is running. Blaupunkt radio kind of works on really strong stations. Passenger door was repainted at some point a long time ago – paint is good color match but has not aged as well as other paint. Some cracking in paint finish, plus some chips and nicks here and there. Small dent in passenger door and trunklid (see photos). Two sets of original keys, original jack and tool kit, all original books including factory parts manual, and lots of spares including taillights, trim parts, exhaust, etc. I've always loved the design of this car but it's time to move on. Modest reserve with no buy it now. Shipping or delivery responsibility of buyer. Please ask any questions, and happy bidding!
It's rare you see Lancias for sale, and even more rare a Flavia Coupe of this vintage. The styling is rather curious, as it is a blend of the Flavia sedan in the front with oddly placed tail lights in the rear. Still, the styling works in a conservative kind of way. If somehow an Alfa Romeo is just a bit too mainstream for your tastes, a Lancia coupe from this era would be a good alternate choice. Given their obscurity, the Flavia is a rather affordable classic. A concurs quality Flavia may bring $15,000 to $20,000 at the high end, so I'd suspect a well preserved original like this may bring $10,000 to $14,000.
The Fiat 130 Coupe in Florida that we have featured back in May is back up for sale, with the price lowered by a few thousand dollars. I think we're getting right near the sweet spot of what a car like this will bring in the US market.
The below post originally appeared on our site May 30, 2012:
The Fiat 130 Coupe is probably one of the greatest cars you've never heard of. Only 1,803 of these crisply tailored coupes were built between 1971 and 1977. This car helped to revive business at Pininfarina and blazed a trail some automakers that would shift to more squared off styling in the decade to come. These cars weren't sold new in the US, but a few made their way stateside, like this 5-speed manual equipped example for sale in Georgia.
Year: 1973 Model: 130 Coupe Engine: 3.2 liter V6 Transmission: 5-speed manual Mileage: 71,955 miles Price: $25,900 Buy It Now
In the USA when we think of Fiat the last thing that comes to mind is a full size luxury car. In the early 1970s Fiat created the 130, which was a luxury model to compete with the likes of Mercedes Benz and BMW. The 130 was fitted with a V6 engine developed by Ferrari engine designer Aurelio Lampredi. A bland looking four door salon was introduced in 1969 of which 15,039 were produced. In 1971 a beautiful 2 door coupe, designed by Pininfarina was introduced of which 4,294 were built. The 130 was not imported into the USA therefore they are very rare in this country.
The 1973 Fiat 130 Pininfarina coupe is loaded with luxury features such as real wood trims, courtesy lights everywhere, rear shades, adjustable steering, power windows, ZF power steering and dual horns. There is even a lever for the driver to open the passenger door remotely! Most 130 had automatic transmission; this car has the rare ZF 5-speed gearbox. This was the same gearbox used on the 2.4 liter Dinos. Also most 130 had velour interior, this car has the optional leather interior which is in excellent condition. Beautiful wood Nardi wheel and modern MP3 radio.This car also has the optional factory installed air conditioner, which works and blows cold.
This car is in overall very good condition. The body is straight and rust free with no signs of prior accident. The dark blue paint is very nice and presents itself well. The deep red interior is really luxurious and nice, especially considering the age of the car. Mechanically the engine has very good compression with 155 psi across all cylinders. The clutch was just replaced. Car runs, brakes, and steers as it should.
The Fiat 130 is a really good driving car and feels more like a sports car than a full size coupe. The engine is very peppy and the 5-speed gearbox has short throws. With power steering and independent suspension it handles very sporty. In fact, the gearbox and suspension uses most of the same components as the very sporty Fiat Dino. The V6 Dino engine was also designed by Lampredi and is a close cousin to the 130 engine.
This is a very exclusive and rare car in remarkably good condition. A unique opportunity to acquire a car that is fun to drive and will be a hit at your next Italian car gathering. In case you are wondering why I am selling this car ... I have a second 130 coupe which I am keeping.
Feel free to call me if you have questions: 770-998-0923 Ivan
Last year, we featured a 1973 Fiat 130 Coupe with an automatic transmission that was listed at $41,900. This car is priced much more realistically, and I wouldn't be surprised if it sells quickly at the asking price of $29,000. You would probably be the only one in your state with a coupe like this, and the 5-speed manual gearbox adds a bit more involvement to the formula. If I had the cash, I'd eschew the Mercedes-Benz SLC coupe, a car I like very much, for this Fiat. The Pininfarina styling still looks stunning 40 years on.
The Maserati Coupe GT was the car that will forever be known as Maserati’s savoir. Coming off a bad marriage with DeTomaso in the early 1990s, Fiat’s takeover of the marque did wonders for the brand and with its return to the US in 2002, expanded its sales reach like never before. Now, a decade on, Maserati is well into its second and third generation models, leaving cars like this Coupe GT behind as affordable modern classics. This Coupe GT brought to our attention from our reader Matt is for sale in Westbrook, Connecticut has just over 20,000 miles and is equipped with the Cambiocorsa gearbox.
Year: 2004 Model: Coupe Cambiocorsa Engine: 4.2 liter V8 Transmission: 6-speed electrohydraulic manual transmission Mileage: 21,930 mi Price: $33,900
2004 Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa. This two-seat high-end sports car comes equipped with a 390 horsepower 4.2-liter V8 with continuous variable valve timing and drive-by-wire throttle control. The Coupe features a state-of-the-art 6-speed F1 paddle shift transmission (sequential manual gearbox). Not only is the Maserati Coupe quick (with a zero to sixty time of 4.8 seconds), it also features a long list of standard equipment, including lumbar seats and a trip computer. M.S.R.P was over $81,000 Offered today at a amazing price of just $33,900 only 21,000 miles. Car is mint like new!
Sure, a Maserati like this is a bargain considering its original MSRP, but are they easy to live with? True, you will have to budget out a bit more in maintenance, especially when it comes to clutch replacements for the automated manual gearbox. But those who I’ve spoken to who own Coupe GTs and Spyders say they aren’t as bad as you would think, many of them using them as daily drivers. So if the thought of a pre-owned M3 or Porsche may leave you a bit non-plussed, then it might be time to sample something with a bit of Italian flair.
The Lancia Gamma Coupe has to be one of my favorite designs to come out of Italy in the last 40 years, hands down. With each passing year, I've been surprised that more of these large coupes haven't found their way to US shores, now that they are legal to register here. But maybe it is a testament that few survived. Sure, these cars had their faults, but I'd be more than willing to put up with them in order to get my hands on a sharp piece of Pininfarina history. This Gamma 2.5 for sale in Florida has been in the country for about one year, after the owner sourced it from Austria.
Lancia Gamma Coupe designed by Pininfarina (1982), only 87,700 original km (less then 55,000 miles). I believe the only one in the USA. Lancia Gamma is an executive car from Italian Fiat Auto's up-scale Lancia marque, a true italian GT car. Gamma coupe was introduced in 1979 and produced till 1984. Only 6790 coupes built (15,272 berlinas). When launched at the Geneva show in 1979 there were crowds around the Lancia stand. The Lancia Gamma is a FWD car with longitudinally-mounted flat four engine, producing 140HP. This has the second generation fuel injected (BOSCH L-JETRONIC), with 5-speed manual transmission.
Very few survived and even in Europe it's hard to find a nice example. I found this rust free, original car in Vienna (Austria) last summer, sitting in a garage for years, because of a blown headgaskets. After the engine rebuild she got a new, very nice paint job, using the original color. I shipped it to Florida and it has now a clear Florida title. I mentioned it was rust free car when I found it and of course there in no rust anywhere. Please see the pictures (door bottom, fender's top and bottom). Interior is nice and original (cloth seats). Floor carpet very nice and clean no signs of wear.
There are some flaws: - both door upper weather stripe (belt moldings) is a little bit out of shape. Some wear on the driver seat and 3 dirt spots.
She is a real Grand Tourismo, a cruiser, which seats 4 people comfortably. The engine is strong, clutch and transmission works fine. Body is elegant and simple lines . The Fiat stopped to produce the 130 Coupe in 1978, and the next year the Gamma Coupe is introduced. Both car were designed by Pininfarina, but the Lancia more curvaceous then the angular Fiat Coupe.
Last week on the ebay the bid on the Fiat 130 Coupe went over $24,000. You can buy this Lancia (her sister car) for a significantly less. If you like to own a very unique Italian sports car or one of Pininfarinas works of art, this your chance. There are many more Lamborghinis, Ferraris or Alfa Romeos on the road from this era, but very few Lancias. One of rarest car on the market. If you have any questions call me evening at 407-732-6120. The car can be seen in Orlando area. This is an 1982 car but ebay did not let me list as 1982 because this vehicle does not has the 17 digit us standard VIN.
On Jul-07-13 at 05:30:51 PDT, seller added the following information:
Looks like this is the second Lancia Gamma in the US. I got an email from the owner of the other Gamma. He imported this spring. The car has NO a/c.
Given the prices of Fiat 130 Coupes that have migrated stateside, I'd suspect somewhere in the range of $12,000 to $17,000 should be a reasonable estimate. With only two examples said to be in the US, this is a good price to rarity ratio right here. Sure, the flat-4 engine offers up more torque and isn't a rev happy engine, but for a unique touring coupe, the Gamma is hard to beat.
It's been a little over ten years since Maserati returned to the US market. In this time, they have progressed from an obscure marque in this market to the brand that high-end buyers turn when they want something a bit more special than your average European or Japanese luxury car. Time hasn't been that kind to some Maseratis in the resale department and one case in point is the Coupe GT and Spyder. These high performance grand touring machines can now be had for mid-sized sedan money. But is it a wise purchase for those of lesser means? This attractively priced Coupe GT for sale in Michigan is one way of finding out.
Year: 2002 Model: Coupe GT Engine: 4.2 liter V8 2.0 Transmission: 6-speed manual Mileage: 49,201 miles Price: $18,990 Buy It Now
The buyer has backed out. Please confirm it with your wife/husband, view every single picture, document, and word of my car for sale, and please feel free to ask any questions you can think of and read all you can about this car before you commit to buy, thank you. I have owned this car since august 2012 and I am the 4th owner. This car comes with a clean car fax and lots of documentation including 30k mile service, full clutch replacement, full inspection done by ECS of Virginia, and more. I am selling it because I am looking for an AWD luxury sedan, possible trade.
Here is a comprehensive list of every single blemish/service/modification on this 11 year old car. Please note that I am well aware that most likely the buyer will be purchasing this car site unseen so that is why I have painstakingly listed every single flaw with this car and I can almost guarantee no one else that has listed there maserati was as thorough as I have been.
-The paint is in good condition with no sun fade, orange peel, or rust. The paint could stand to get a professional wheel for perfection.
-The front of the vehicle shows signs of normal stone chips but none of them down to the metal.
-There is a vertical dent about 1" long just behind the passenger door, no chipped paint just pushed in a bit approx 1/16". Looks like someone let there car door swing into this area in a parking lot.
-There is also a small (approx. 1/2 dia. x 1/8 depth) pushed in area on the drivers side wheel arch. I tried to get a picture of the area but the paint is like a mirror so I couldnt get it to be visible.
-2 of the wheels are missing the plastic Maserati Trident insert located in the center of the rim.
-40%-50% tire tread left.
-A previous owner stuck small dome mirrors on the exterior rear view mirror corners that I havent dared to remove.
-On the very bottom of the drivers side door card there is some torn material from someone dragging there shoe tips across it getting in or out of the car. The biggest one is approximately 1/4".
-The steering wheel has some white specs on the top part of the outer wheel that I cant seem to get rid of.
-There is some dust inside the gauge cluster that I havent been able to suck out with a vacuum through the trip reset button opening.
-When I was disassembling the center console for the sticky buttons refurbishment I noticed that underneath the shift boot at the bottom of the tear drop area of the center console there is a screw missing, also the plastic ring thats glued to the shift boot to clip in to the center console was cracked in several places in that same area. I have glued it back together and it sits flush and tight now. It does not rise up as a result, nor is it noticeable in any way.
-The center console the inside of the ash tray is sticky from the plastic out gassing. This is common to all Maseratis, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis interiors.
-Sat/nav/cd shroud under the arm rest on the center console has been replaced with a used part. The original was cracked in several places. This part is commonly fragile. The condition of the used part upon very close inspection shows signs of the clear coat worn in places. It is not sticky in any way, and is consistently black with no fading.
-The drivers seat is just starting to show signs of wear on the lower part of the seat bolster.
-All 39 center console buttons have been refurbished by stickynomore.com
-3 windows have been tinted to 5%. Rear window and both rear seat side windows
-Headliner adhesive has given up in 2 separate sections. It hanges approximately 1" lower in 2 spot. I can email you pictures but ebay only allows 24 pics in an ad so I couldnt post them here.
-Mufflers have been removed and stainless pipe tips installed. The welded tips have been done in a way that going back to oem is only a matter of cutting the weld and reinstalling mufflers and hangers which are included. About a 20 minute job. This does not affect emissions. Terrible quality video here of the sound http://youtu.be/erPjLAcDZyA
-Heater core is beginning to leak. Currently the supply and return has been tied to each other so there is no heat right now, but no more leak. All electrical works fine because it was caught early. paperwork reflects this in the picture area. The car is fully drivable with no performance issues. $150 part and a weekend of your own labor or approximately $2,000 if a dealer does it.
-There is an occasional check engine light that comes on approximately every 2-4 weeks. With an OBD2 scanner it shows an $11 coolant sensor. I called josh from ECS of Virginia. (one of the countrys premier Maserati shops) and he assured me that because this is a hand built exotic car it is bound to have the occasional check engine light from random sensors. This does not affect the performance or put it into limp mode, it's just a light that comes on every now and then. I will leave the OBD2 scanner with the car so you can clear it on the fly cause its annoying to look at. This is the only code this car has every thrown in my ownership.
-Mild vibration from the drive shaft above 4,500 rpm. Stated in the shown inspection report, Josh from ECS has told me that this is due to the bolts connecting the driveshaft are not perfectly aligned from when the clutch was replaced. It does not need repair or affect the performance.
-Shifting from 1st to 2nd gear when the transmission is cold requires a little more pressure to engage then the rest of the gears. This is common to most 6-speed Maseratis.
-30k mile service has been done and comes with documentation.
-At 30k miles the clutch, flywheel, throw out bearing, and all associated hardware and sensors were replaced. And comes with documentation of this service. I must note that this transmission is common to a lot of other vehicles and the clutch Should last 100k miles like normal clutches. Someone obviously didnt quite understand how match revs when driving to limit wear.
-Oil and filter change recently.
-Headlight bulbs replaced.
-The passenger window regulator has been replaced, and later properly adjusted.
-A new battery has been installed.
-Inspection report shows control arm dust boot split.
-Inspection report shows low coolant level, but after the hoses have been tied away from the heater core the level has been topped off and is now holding level.
-Inspection report shows slight oil weep from front timing cover gasket. Josh from ECS has told me that if I actually start driving it more than the previous owners that the gasket should swell back to sealing.
-I have 16 more pictures showing documentation, exhaust, etc but i could only upload 24 pics on ebay.
Basically this this entire list of faults boils down to this, if you decide to drive in the winter for some reason, you might want to replace the heater core, and thats it. I have had no problems driving this car everyday and wouldnt hesitate driving it across the country. I have looked at all other Maseratis currently for sale and I have priced my car for the best deal in the country for the fastest sale. I work a lot of hours and simply dont have time to address these issues, and I figure that the new buyer could do these fixes at there leasure while picking it up inexpensively. Also note that if you have another vehicile you can call a daily driver you can use american collector car insurance for a significant discount, I'm paying $50/month for 7,500 miles per year for full coverage so the cost to own isn't outragious. So please call/text 810 599 6589 or use the ebay email for more info, thank you.
This is one of the cheapest Coupe GTs I've seen yet. Sure, it has its faults, but for someone who is handy around the garage, it might just be the perfect way into rarefied automotive territory. I've spoken with a few people who own Coupes and Spyders and these cars aren't as unreliable as you might think, especially those with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox if you aren't into replacing clutches frequently. At this price and in this condition, I doubt this Coupe GT will last long.