Ads on test: Maserati GranSport Spyder

One of just 26 built and the last RHD car – it all adds up to a highly tempting package

Cost New £70,000 Price £42,950

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here's a lot to be said for exclusivity and the Maserati GranSport Spyder serves up that in fine form – with just 25 other UK cars around you're unlikely to spot another one in the supermarket car park.

This particular example looks fantastic in Verde Goodwood, and on closer inspection it holds up well – other than some touched-in stonechips (but fear not, they're only lacquer-deep) plus some minor surface scratches on the rear bumper it looks brand new. These minor issues will be dealt with by the vendor before the car is sold. The electrically operated roof has a design flaw that damages the fabric roof, and this car is no different – it's been patched professionally and we didn't see or smell any evidence of water ingress.

The alloy wheels are in excellent condition, and the car wears Michelin Pilot SuperSports on the front and Goodyear Eagle F1s at the back.

The Cuoio and beige interior presents well for the mileage. There's customary sticky buttons common to Italian exotica of the era, and the bottoms of the doors are showing light leather damage (a common issue where shoes hit the door on exit). Again, this will be sorted by the vendor before the car is sold. Other than that, there's much to enjoy in the Enrico Fumia-penned interior.

The car comes with a bulging pile of receipts. Its last service took place at 28k miles (2017) and included a clutch change. It will be serviced again before the car is sold. Servicing has been done at main dealers and recognised specialists, with all the right stamps in the book.

If you've never driven a GranSport then it's an absolute treat – the Ferrari-derived V8 screams with a resonant blare that melts the soul every time you take it to 7000rpm. Remove the roof and you get to appreciate this mechanical concert unhindered.

Steering is super-sharp, and though the ride comfort can be uncompromising, it's a car that oozes good-time vibes.

We didn't experience any peculiar noises, rattles or vibrations during our time with the car. With a fresh service and the very minor issues rectified, we can't think of many better ways to take in a late summer tour of the Italian lakes...

Maserati GranSport Spyder

Year:     2007
Mileage:    39,000
On sale at:    McGrath Maserati
mcgrathmaserati.co.uk

Specifications
Engine:    4244cc, 8-cyl, DOHC
Transmission:    RWD, 6-speed F1
Power:     395bhp@7000rpm
Torque:     333lb-ft@4500rpm
Weight:     1730kg

Performance
0-60mph:    5sec
Top speed:    177mph
Economy:     18mpg

Choose your Maserati GranSport

2004: GranSport launched, offering an extra 5-10bhp over the 4200 it's based on (depending on who you talk to). Supension, interior and F1 gearbox revised; manual is not an option. Ride height is lower by 10mm too.

2006: Spyder version appears – weight goes up over coupe. LE version of the coupe introduced with extra kit, revised interior and upgraded audio system. MC Victory version appears, celebrating MC12's racing success. It has Ferrari Enzo seats, lashings of carbon fibre and a bespoke steering rack.

2007: Production ends as GranTurismo introduced.