Maserati 3200GT (1998 – 2002)
Italian GT reaches new high in UK sales
Back in the eighties Maserati had sadly dropped the ball with cars that lacked in any style what so ever. In fact it wasn’t until the late nineties that Ferrari got their hands on 50% of the company that things started to improve with Maserati starting once more to make cars that lead in their class.
The Maserati 3200GT was back to the old desirable GT cars of yesteryear as Maserati felt they have got back on the horse again and were now in a good financial position once more.
The 3200GT is a power house with its twin-turbo charged V8 which sees speeds of over 170 mph and the styling is to die for from the outside with the interior filled with leather luxury. This Maserati is now entering classic status and prices are on the rise already. This 2+2 can really seat two full sized adults in the back and has plenty of boot space so it ticks the box when it comes to practicality, In fact it ticks all the boxes as a budget super car and it put Maserati back on the GT map where they belong.
Specification Maserati 3200GT (1998 – 2002)
|Years Produced||1998 - 2002|
|Performance||0 - 60mph 5.1 sec / Top Speed – 175mph|
|Power & Torque||370 bhp / 376 Ib ft|
|Engine||3217cc Biturbo V8 32 Valves|
|Drive-train||Front engine RWD|
|Transmission||6 speed manual/ 4 Speed auto|
Valuations since launch for the Maserati 3200GT (1998 – 2002)
A Buyers Guide
Exotic and stylish the Maserati 3200GT is still up for grabs at the write money so now is a good time to buy this Italian dark horse. With immense power and ultimate styling who wouldn’t want to own a Maserati. You would expect a prestige car like the Maserati 3200GT to not suffer from corrosion at just 15 years old but like the best of them rust will always find its way in so check the boot lid and rear arches for signs of bubbling also check the spare wheel well for damp as boot seals tend to last about ten years before replacing. Check the car for signs of accident damage as the 3200GT has a tendency to catch the inexperienced driver out.
Engine wise there is plenty of power on tap but the delivery has been described as being like a ‘hair trigger’ so be sure you can live with this before you buy. Generally the 3.2 V8 engine is strong and robust but insist on full service history showing a cam belt change at least every five years. When starting up the Maserati 3200GT make sure the ignition light goes out as soon as it’s running as the sensors a prone to becoming blocked with soot. A tight regime is important when it comes to service history so make sure previous owners have conformed.
Stopping the car comes courtesy of front and rear vented discs but factory replacements aren’t cheap. After market alternatives can be purchased at half the price and these will be strong and durable. Interiors are luxurious with leather covering most of what you can see. Although some owners have complained about front seats lacking in support for a GT car.
Insuring a Maserati 3200GT
The Maserati 3200GT is now becoming a modern classic and may be purchased to use on a limited mileage basis. Heritage Classic Car Insurance can offer the owner an ideal policy for your future classic. Just take a look at these quote examples below.
- This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 60.
Annual premium – £301.00 with a £100 accidental damage excess.
- This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 40.
Annual premium – £395.00 with a £100 accidental damage excess.
- This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 35.
Annual premium – £408.00 with a £100 accidental damage excess.
*NB: All insurance quotes are based on the same criteria: The vehicle being garaged overnight. Accident, claim and conviction free and a limited mileage of 3000 per annum with full use of a main car daily. All quotations are based on a value of £15,000. Prices may alter depending on individual criteria. Quote carried out July 2017.
Maserati was the name of the brothers who were the founders of the car company. All six brothers played a part in the company’s success. Their names were (Alfieri, Bindo, Mario, Ernesto, Ettore, and Carlo).
Mark Wilkinson (Managing Partner of Heritage Classic Car Insurance)
says, “The reputation of this fine company took a bit of a battering in the eighties. But it was with great examples of sporting GT cars like the 3200GT that put Maserati back where it belongs. The Maserati 3200GT was only in production for four years and is now a certain classic of the future.”