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 wonderful example has been impeccably maintained (Main dealer Ferrari services, and Maserati specialists – with all receipts) and always stored in a garage. The last major service was carried out at Gray Paul Ferrari and the car has a long MOT, ready to be enjoyed by its new custodian.