Choosing Between the Two Most Affordable Used Maseratis

January 15th, 2016 by

A Red 1980 Maserati Biturbo

Maseratis are certainly pricey, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the brand’s luxurious interiors and powerful engines. There is certainly a market for used Maseratis, and you might be able to come across several models that actually fit within your budget. In fact, there are two used models that stand out in particular: the Biturbo and the Spyder.

If you want to pursue a used Maserati for sale, see which of these two options you’ll want to opt for…

1980s Biturbo

Front View of a 1980 Maserati Biturbo

This luxury sports car was available until 1994, but you’ll typically find the best deal on the 1980s models. The vehicle was actually produced and marketed as an affordable buy, as owner Alejandro de Tomaso wanted to eliminate the perception that Maserati solely produced high-priced cars.

The Biturbo was a hit when it was first released in 1981, with about 40,000 units sold over the initial model year. Despite some restyling over the years, including a complete revision between 1987 and 1989, sales started to slack. After 13 years on the market, the vehicle was retired in the mid-1990s.

If you happen to come across a 1980s Biturbo, you’ll probably find the 2.0-liter SOHC twin-turbocharged SOHC engine. Based on the 2.0-liter Merak engine, Maserati’s motor could pump out 150 horsepower and 140 pounds-feet of torque.

The Biturbo is actually a very affordable used option. Models from the 1980s sell for less than $10,000, including cars that have less than 30,000 miles!

Early-2000s Spyder

Early 2000s Era Maserati Spyder

The Spyder debuted at the 2001 Frankfurt Auto Show, and it wasn’t long before it was named Forbes’ Best GT of 2001. Designed by ItalDesign’s Giorgetto Guigiaro, the soft-top convertible resembled one of Guigiaro’s other creations, the Maserati Ghibli.

With a push of a button on the center console, drivers could access the F136 V8 engine, a system that could produce 385 horsepower and 332 pounds-feet of torque. The mechanics included a six-speed manual transmission, as well as a double wishbone suspension system.

There’s some confusion that accompanies the Spyder, as the vehicle is often confused with the Maserati Coupé. The vehicles were released in back-to-back years, and they included many of the same features and capabilities. The main differences were in regards to the vehicle’s styling and classification, as the Spyder was a two-seat roadster and the Coupe was, well, a four-seater coupé. Eventually, both vehicles were regarded as the 4200 GT (a nod to the 4.2-liter engine).

While the vehicle is generally highly-regarded and beloved, it’s relatively affordable on the used market. A 15-year old Spyder will cost less than $20,000. If you want to opt for the actual Coupe, you should expect to pay about the same.

Drivers Side 3/4 Perspective of an Early 2000s Maserati Spyder

Both of these vehicles are excellent used options. The Biturbo offers an impressive and dependable engine, and for less than $10,000, you’ll be able to drive a vehicle featuring the beloved Maserati badge. The Spyder is also an excellent option, featuring a luxurious interior and a reasonable price tag. No matter which of the two Maseratis you pick, we’re certain you’ll have satisfied with your decision.