Our Five Favorite Retired Maseratis

March 8th, 2016 by

discon-1

Is your current ride not doing the trick? It may be time to pursue a replacement vehicle. If you’re operating on a budget, your options may be relatively limited. However, a way to improve the number of potential purchases is by opting for a used car.

There are several benefits that accompany buying a used car, but we’re all familiar with the top factor: the price. Used cars are understandably more affordable than new cars, and you may be able to acquire some specific amenities or features that were previously unaffordable. You could also look into buying a particular brand’s vehicle that may have previously been out of your price range.

This is a route to consider if you’ve ever wanted to drive in a Maserati. The company’s cars are among the most luxurious and thrilling vehicles in the industry, but they’re often too expensive for general car buyers. However, by opting for a used car, you should be able to afford your ideal model.

The next step is a bit tougher… which Maserati model do you pursue? The options seem endless, and your choice will ultimately come down to your specific preferences. However, if you’re like us, you’re going to want a beloved throwback that stands out from the crowd. Continue reading to check out our favorite discontinued Maseratis, and you may have a better understanding of what you should be eyeing when searching for used Maseratis for sale

Maserati Karif

discon-2

This luxury car may not necessarily fit in style-wise with the brand’s current crop of vehicles, but the coupé was all the rage when it debuted in 1988. The handsome car wasn’t only lavish, but it was also designed to be an athletic racer. Perhaps this explains why the vehicle earned the name “karif,” which was taken from the wind that blows through the Gulf of Aden in Somalia.

The vehicle was partly based off the Maserati Spyder, although it included a different coupé-like roof. Under the hood, you’d find a 2.8-liter V6 engine that could pump out around 289 horsepower. The vehicle could also hit a 0-to-60 mile per hour time of fewer than five seconds, and the top speed was reported around 145 miles per hour.

Unfortunately, the vehicle met its demise in 1993. Two other versions of the vehicle were available during that five-year window, but none of them made it into the mid-1990s. The vehicle didn’t have the best sales numbers, making it a relatively tough find on the used market. If you do happen to come across a late-1980s or early-1990s Karif, expect to pay upwards of $40,000.

Maserati Biturbo

discon-3

This beloved sports car was revolutionary when it hit North American dealerships, and the nameplate ended up playing a role in the design of future rival cars.

Alejandro de Tomaso purchased Maserati in the mid-1970s, and the executive was hoping to produce an affordable luxury vehicle that could appeal to a wider range of buyers. This initially wasn’t a popular idea, as the company halted production on several popular supercars, including the Bora and the Khamsin. However, everyone soon forgets about this departed vehicles following the release of the Biturbo.

The car saw nearly 40,000 units sold during its first year on the market in 1981. Sales numbers dropped over time, especially as more impressive and capable alternatives were offered. Still, there was no denying that the Biturbo was certainly ahead of its time.

After all, the vehicle was the first production car to include a twin-turbocharged engine. The 2.0-liter SOHC V6 could pump out an impressive 150 horsepower and 140 pounds-feet of torque, a significant upgrade over the unit’s model (the 2.0-liter Merak engine).

The vehicle had an impressive 13-year run, but it was retired officially in 1994. Variations of the vehicle haven’t existed since, but the Biturbo V6 engine is still a popular inclusion in many of the brand’s vehicles.

A used Biturbo may be the most affordable vehicle on this list, occasionally coming in at less than $10,000 (and rarely starting at more than $20,000).

Maserati Coupé

discon-4

Sure, the brand has produced a number of different coupés over the year, but the “Maserati Coupé” was their most popular offering. Of course, there was still plenty of confusion with the name, especially considering the presence of the identical Spyder grand tourer. To avoid any disorientation, the brand ended up settling on “4200 GT” as the general way to refer to the nameplate. We’re a stickler for history, though, so we’re going to refer to the vehicle by its original name: the Maserati Coupé.

The Spyder made its debut at the 2001 Frankfurt Auto Show, and the Coupé was unveiled a year later at the Detroit Auto Show. The vehicles finally hit the market in the summer of 2002, with customers celebrating the brand’s North American return after an 11-year break. The pair of cars featured a sleek, modern design, with the Spyder offering a soft-top convertible version.

The Coupe and Spyder included the F136 R V8 engine, which could deliver 385 horses and 332 pounds-feet of torque. The unit was accompanied by a six-speed manual transmission and a reliable double wishbone suspension system.

Meanwhile, the interior offered several innovative (for the time) luxury features. The climate control technology allowed the vehicle’s occupants to manipulate the air conditioning/heater to fit their ideal conditions. Meanwhile, a GPS navigation system and advanced radio system was accompanied by an elaborate multi-speaker sound system.

The Coupe and Spyder were retired in 2007, and neither vehicle has been rumored to be returning anytime soon. That means you’ll need to rely on the used market if you want to secure either of these cars. A used coupé generally costs around $20,000. Meanwhile, a Spyder should run for less than $20,000.

Maserati Indy

discon-5

If you saw this four-seat fastback grand tourer riding around today, you might confuse the vehicle with a 1990s or 2000s model. Believe it or not, this stylish vehicle was actually available from 1969 through 1975. The vehicle was known for its stylish looks, but it also was known for its capabilities under the hood, thus earning it the name ‘Indy’ (based on the brand’s pair of wins at the Indy 500).

Introduced at the 1969 Geneva Motor Show, the vehicle was intended to replace the soon-to-be-retired 2+2 Maserati Sebring and the original Quattroporte. The vehicle featured a 4.7-liter Indy 4700 engine, or customers could also opt for a 4.2-liter V8. The interior included several comfort features, including retractable headrests and an updated dashboard.

Just over 1,000 of the Maserati Indys were produced during the vehicle’s six-year run, making it a relatively tough find on the used market. As a result, you should expect to dish out at least $25,000 for the car.

Maserati Mistral

The brand is a fan of naming their vehicles after winds, as the Maserati Mistral earned its name from the north-heading wind of southern France. Of course, we don’t have any issue with the nameplate, as we think it suits the vehicle rather well.

Introduced at the 1963 Salone Internazionale dell’Automobile di Torino, the vehicle was instantly commended for its style and beauty. The car ultimately had a solid seven-year run that included an appearance in the movie “The Bobo.”

Despite there being only a total of around 950 Mistrals produced, the vehicle was still rather popular, especially since it was the final model of the brand’s “Cada de Trident” line (“House of the Trident”). With three petrol engine options available (a 3.5-liter I6, 3.7-liter I6, and 4.0-liter I6), drivers knew they could rely on the Lucas fuel system, which improved both the fuel economy and the vehicle’s performance.

Still, 950 is a relatively low production number, especially for a car that was out for seven years. This makes the Mistral a rarity on car lots, and you’re going to have to pay a lot to get one of these rides… and we mean a lot. A used Mistral typically sells for at least $100,000.

 

Some of these models (like the Mistral) may still be a bit too pricey. However, most of these Maseratis have seen a drastic drop in value, meaning you can easily purchase a used version without stretching your budget!

Posted in Classic Maseratis