The Bi-Turbo was initially a strong seller and brought Italian prestige to a wide audience and competed (unsuccessfully) in the British Touring Car Championship in the late 1980’s, the European Touring Car Championship and the 1987 World Touring Car Championship. The Spyder version was introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1984 and was designed and built by the world class designers, Zagato. Overall 3,076 were built over a ten year period, setting a production record for Maserati Spyders.
Firstly and most importantly, interested parties should note that this particular Maserati Bi-Turbo in open spyder configuration, the most desirable, can boast a full service history from new, with a recent full service, vcam belt change, carburettor rebuild, and reset of all timing and tuning, completed by none other than Maserati super-specialists Bill McGrath.
With its celebrity first ownership, it is very important to note that the car has all of its handbooks in the original leather wallet, alongside the original tool roll and a number of expensive factory options and accessories installed prior to delivery to Sir Elton, including split rim wheels with continental tyres all round, and, unsurprising for the Rocket Man, a stereo equipment upgrade which in period cost £4,000.
It is important to note that all the original delivery documentation refers clearly to the car being supplied to Sir Elton John and his noted management company, William A Bong Ltd.
With its super-A-list celebrity ownership from new, and most recently its super-specialist full mechanical overhaul by Bill McGrath, both ends of the car’s life to date show excellent prospects, and it is hard to envisage a more interesting and attractive Bi-Turbo.
Estimate: £8,000 – £12,000
€9,000 – €13,000
$9,000 – $14,000