Having spent the preceding decade trying to compete with BMW in the medium-size sports car saloon market, with a handful of coupes and cabriolets thrown in for good measure, in 1998 Maserati emphatically re-embraced its noble traditions by introducing a stunning all-new Gran Turismo – the 3200 GT. The luxury coupe was styled by ItalDesign, headed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose previous work for the Modenese manufacturer had included, among others, the Ghibli, Bora and Merak. As well as reconciling all the usual competing requirements of aerodynamics, all-round performance, safety and passenger accommodation, ItalDesign had to produce a car that was recognisably a Maserati. The design team succeeded brilliantly in creating a look that emphasised continuity with Maserati’s past, incorporating the firm’s Trident emblem into the radiator grille while the front end treatment as a whole recalled its racing sports cars of the 1960’s.
An evolution of the prior model name and a reference to the increase in engine displacement from 3.2-litre to 4.2-litre, the 4200 Coupé debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 2002. All the Coupés were fitted with a 400bhp, 4.2-litre, Ferrari F136 V8.
This 2003 example is a rare manual gearbox model of which just over 200 right hand drive cars were fitted with, which makes it far less complicated to own, more sought after and more driveable as a specialist classic Italian sports GT.
The car has been beautifully maintained through current ownership, with almost £10,000 spent in recent years in focused and targeted maintenance and servicing procedures.
Sharing the same V8 engine as its Ferrari cousin the F430, this exceptional example, finished in silver with cream interior, is a striking modern classic and is complete with both sets of keys, all original paperwork and tools, and benefits from a full service history with all receipts retained.
Buyers should note that the private registration plate on this car will be retained by the vendor and is not included in the sale.