An 'as new' example of the most desirable 3200GT model.
Launched at the Paris Salon in 1998, the 3200GT was the first of a new generation of Maseratis produced in the refitted Modena Factory. Combining a sleek new Giugiaro design on the outside with an all-aluminium 3.2 litre V8 engine and two turbochargers, this new Maserati had all the power and performance enthusiasts expected of the marque. It was also produced in greater numbers than any previous Maserati and was a great success.
In 2001, Maserati launched a special limited edition of the car named Assetto Corsa (race trim). This was a more track-focused car aimed at the real cognoscenti. An up-rated, quicker steering rack, lowered suspension with uprated shock absorbers, uprated brakes and distinctive new wheels with ultra-sticky Pirelli tyres transformed the already brutally quick in a straight line 3200GT into the full package.
Only 75 numbered examples were brought into the UK, a mixture of manual and auto gearbox, and available only in red, black or silver with contrasting piping inside and a modest ‘Assetto Corsa’ motif added to the sill plates. Needless to say; enthusiasts revelled in the extra ability of these cars and they got used and used and used – apart from this one.
This Assetto Corsa, number 05 in the series of 75, was delivered new in the UK by Maserati dealer Stratstones to its first owner in late 2001. Using the car sparingly over the next decade, the owner accumulated the tiny mileage of 5,283 before deciding to put the car up for sale. In 2011 it was purchased by the current and second owner, an arch Maserati collector and already an owner of a much-campaigned Assetto Corsa. This car was to be preserved for show only and maybe to step into the breach if the first car finally failed him.
With that in mind, a major service was carried out by us at McGraths and some details improved. With preservation being the name of the game, the car has then been stored from then until now and even today the mileage is an astonishingly low 5,380. It is offered for sale now as the collection is being streamlined and in fact, the other AC has not stopped yet!
This is an opportunity to buy an ‘as new’ example of what is already the most desirable and collectable of this era of Maserati. It will be serviced and MOT’d prior to sale, ready to use, if you dare.
The price is £45,000.