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Yuppie-tastic Maserati BiTurbo Spyder for sale

There’s nothing better than a convertible in the sunshine, is there? As long as it’s not too hot, of course. Few things can combat stress better than mild weather, a closed roof and a warmed-up combustion engine. Some convertibles do suffer from a lack of torsional rigidity, but it’s hard to think seriously about that when you’re relaxing. If you’re not going for a sports car, don’t worry so much.

Take the Maserati BiTurbo Spyder as a perfect example. As a 35-year-old soft-top built from sedan underpinnings, it’s not going to offer a scalpel-sharp driving experience. But look at it – a car that’s been ignored for so long now seems like a really cool retro convertible. Or maybe the heat is really taking its toll now. Rust and reliability meant that the BiTurbo was almost always notorious – we all know that. But the logic behind the project made perfect sense; since German manufacturers were making smaller sedans, Maserati would emulate that move. The BiTurbo boasted rear-wheel drive, six-cylinder power and a sumptuous interior – what more did a compact sedan need for the ’80s?

Although the architecture lasted until 1997, no model of the BiTurbo sold in large numbers. That wasn’t good news for a Maserati with big ambitions at the end of the 20th century, but it does make the survivors really interesting in hindsight. At least for some of us – not everyone wants a 3 Series convertible…

The BiTurbo Spyder was notable for a number of reasons. It was the first Maser convertible since the Ghibli Spyder and was built by Zagato – the company’s first involvement with the Trident since the A6G/2000 30 years earlier. It had a shorter wheelbase than the coupe (114mm less), which meant it was only a two-seat convertible, but the shortening benefited the looks. And let’s not forget what’s important.

A 1988 car, this BiTurbo Spyder has been spared the later facelifts and has only 40,000 miles on the clock. It is the more powerful 2.5-liter V6 turbo (the 2.8-liter turbo came later for this model) with almost 200 horsepower and also with a manual transmission. The interior, with ruffled leather and gold clock, has been preserved like a wonderful time capsule. Bring your brightest suspenders.

The advert describes the car as “Italian craftsmanship at its finest” and the price is £20,000. It’s also a rare car, with only 122 examples built with the larger engine. And a third of a century later, that number is bound to be much lower. It will probably need more careful maintenance than a 325i or an old SL, but after so long, perhaps the BiTurbo deserves some appreciation. Summer trips will never be the same again – and fortune, as always, favors the brave.

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