1989 Maserati BiTurbo Spyder
I have been collecting Maseratis for over 35 years but have mainly avoided the "BiTurbo era" since to be frank, I found the cars not too interesting and
they have a terrible reputation in the USA. That is ... until now.


First, a little history lesson. In the late 1960's Maserati was acquired by Citroen. For a few years Maserati enjoyed an influx of cash and cars such as the
Bora and Khamsin were developed. Unfortunately the cam the oil crisis and Citroen was taken over by Peugeot who wanted nothing of Maserati. In to the
"rescue" came Alejandro DeTomaso who got the Italian government to give him money to keep Maserati alive. DeTomaso complete changed the direction
of Maserati, from being a brand of expensive sports cars to that of a volume producer of mid-priced sports cars. The idea might have worked but to
compete with the likes of BMW and Porsche you need a reliable car and a dealer network that can maintain those cars. Maserati introduced a "half baked"
car which still needed a few years of development, into a market it was not ready to service. The results were catastrophic, especially in the USA. The
original carb setup was unreliable, cams would seize due to improper oiling ... and the list goes on and on. Bottom line is that repairs costs and lawsuits
were costing Maserati way too much money to justify staying in the USA market and by 1992 Maserati closed its USA operations.


With that introduction you might ask, why on earth would I want to get a BiTurbo spyder!  As it turns out the car did have many problems but most work
sorted out over the years. One big improvement was going with fuel injection in 1987 which eliminated many of the fuel issues. 1989 saw many additional
improvements in what is now referred to the "5 bolt wheel cars". On the spyder the body was softened with rounder edges, engine displacement was
increased to 2.8 liters,  and the car overall got a more luxuries look. Maserati continued importing the spyders in 1990 and 1991 but some genius at
Maserati decided that the USA would only get cars with automatic transmissions! This makes the 1989 version with its ZF 5-speed gearbox the one to get.
Not that many 1989 models were imported since Maserati already had a terrible reputation, making it a rare model in the USA.
This particular spyder came from an enthusiast that was planning on making it a track car. He had already installed a roll cage and had invested in a set of
very nice coilovers that had yet to be installed. Although the car had some issues for lack of use it was very accurately represented and ideal for what I
wanted. I wanted to learn about BiTurbos without having get involved with a full restoration. I would have preferred a fully sorted out 1989 spyder but
finding one of those is practically impossible in the USA. In the end this car was perfect for me!


To list all I have done would take too long. Needless to say I've learn a lot about the fuel injected BiTurbos. My mentor has been Alexis Pavlov who
developed the Biturbo Injection Monitoring tool which you can see mounted on one of the AC vents. This guy is a walking encyclopedia of anything
BiTurbo related!


My work is still not 100% done, I doubt it will ever be. This BiTurbo spyder stands as a testament of what the fate of Maserati could have been had this
been the car
they introduced in 1984.  
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