Maserati 3200 GTA
Cost new: £53,000. Value now: £20,995.
Gorgeous, glorious to drive and well-priced, this mouthwatering Maser deserves a look
Maserati 3200 prices are all over the place now. Some dealers want £30k-plus for run-of-the-mill cars, while auction minters are selling for low teens.
This one, in stunning Azzurro Argentina blue paint, looks utterly superb bar the odd stonechip and door scratch. There’s some paint lift below the boomerang rear light cluster, and the headlights show some misting, but nothing major.
Recently refurbed 18in alloys still look great, and the Pirelli P-Zero tyres are meaty. All the fluids are up to max with no leaks. The Grigio Chiaro interior is good apart from a little wear to the driver’s seat bolster and squab. The soft-touch buttons have lost some of their coating, the door pulls are a little grubby and the leather on the driver’s door bottom is scuffed. Some of the metallic vent trim is peeling away, but all of these issues will be sorted pre-sale.
The thick paperwork file shows a car that’s received a lot of care. It got a new silencer, battery and wheel refurb in 2017 (£1699) while a refurbished damper, fresh bushes and a welded chassis leg cost £3177 in 2016. The brakes were fully refreshed in 2014 (£1597) and a brand-new engine arrived in 2010 (£10,000), showing you that 3200 ownership is a serious business. Still, owners adore their 3200s, and it doesn't take long behind the wheel to understand why.
A comfy cruiser in normal mode turns into a wild animal when Sport is selected. The thrust from the twin-turbo V8 is eye-watering; kickdown grunt feels as if someone’s trying to fold you into a Corby Trouser press, and the noise is absolutely glorious. The steering is sharp yet oddly light. Don't worry: lean on it harder and the feedback comes right back. It’s edgy on the limit, but that's what endears these cars to their owners.
This particular one had no peculiar rattles or vibrations through the suspension or drivetrain, and there was no slurring when the auto 'box selected its ratios. The brakes were strong and dependable.
This seems an excellent bet for the money. It’s mechanically in fine order and has clearly been lavished with attention by its previous custodians. It drives supremely well. You could take a punt on a cheaper auction car, but that might be foolhardy. No Maserati will ever be without risk, but this one’s great overall condition makes it well worth further investigation.
Maserati 3200 GTA
On sale at Giallo Cars giallo.co.uk
Engine 3217cc, 8-cyl, DOHC
Transmission RWD, 4-speed auto
Top speed 174mph
Choose your Maserati 3200 GTA
1998: Giugiaro-penned 3200 debuts at the Paris Motor Show with the Quattroporte IV 3.2-litre twin-turbo V8. First cars only available with a six-speed manual.
1999: 3200 GTA arrives. A stands for Automatica – the four-speed torque converter gearbox.
2001: Assetto Corsa run-out special launched. 259 built with 15mm lower suspension, larger front anti-roll bar, stiffer springs and BBS alloy wheels. Manual or auto, with Connolly leather.
2002: 3200 replaced by similar, but mechanically different, 4200.