2004 MASERATI 4200 Coupe

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2004 MASERATI 4200 Coupe

Background

The Maserati Coupe, or as it’s better known, the 4200, is a stylish grand tourer that picks up from where the 3200 left off. Whilst the interior traces much of its origin to the 3200, the dramatic change for the newer model lays underneath the Italdesign crafted body.

Whilst the 3200 made use of a bi-turbo 3.2 litre V8 producing 270hp, interestingly for the 4200, Maserati went in favour for a larger (4.2 litres) naturally aspirated V8 (with Ferrari influence) offering a much-improved 390hp along with 450Nm of torque. Speaking of Ferrari, this engine is the same as used in the Ferrari F430 – the same goes for the transmission, suspension, and software.

This power is fed to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual, or for those looking for something more race inspired – the Cambiocorsa. Confused? That’s Italian for ‘Race Shift’ and is an automated manual similar to Ferraris used at the time and inspired by the world of Formula One. The Coupe version is able to get to 62mph in 4.9 seconds, whilst the Spyder will hit the same speed in 5.0 seconds.

The two-seater convertible, ‘Spyder’ was the first model to be introduced, which took place at the 2001 Frankfurt Auto Show, whilst the four-seater ‘Coupe’ had its time in the limelight a year later at the 2002 Detroit Motor Show. Shortly after being unveiled, the Spyder was awarded the Best GT by Forbes magazine – not a bad accolade to have, is it?

If you opted for the four-seater coupe (like the one available for auction here) you had the genuine opportunity to house four adults in luxurious comfort thanks to a wheelbase that is around 3 inches longer than a Jaguar XK8 and around 12 inches longer than a Porsche 911.

The Vehicle

On paper, the documents state the car has had 3 former keepers but the current owner explained he’s been 2 of them. He bought the car in 2006 in his company name and then transferred ownership to his name after retiring, so the car has been with the same owner for the last 18 years.

In 2006 this 4200 was purchased from a Maranello dealer with 10,000 miles on the clock. At the time the owner had a Ferrari 575 Maranello which was used as a “high days and holidays car,” rarely coming out of the garage. Looking for something that would be a bit more useable, without sacrificing performance, he part exchanged the Ferrari in favour of the Maserati.

The manual gearbox sealed the deal, “I drove the automatic 4200 and the gearbox was awful.” Fewer right-hand drive manual 4200s were made, so it’s the preferable choice for rarity and performance. Even though the current owner is very reluctant to sell he said, “unfortunately I’m not very well, I’m 90 and it’s time I passed it on.”

He recalls one of his favourite places to drive the 4200. “Driving through the Yorkshire Dales is where it excels itself. It needs those roads instead of motorways so you can really enjoy driving it, especially with the manual gearbox.”

When it’s not traversing the Yorkshire Dales, this 4200 has been kept in a dehumidified garage. This is a low mileage example with 37,000 miles and a good service and MoT history.

On the Outside

The trident badge on the front is free-standing, rather than mounted on the grille, so this is a pre-facelift version. Overall, the bodywork doesn’t appear to have any dents or visible repairs and for the most part the Grigio Touring (grey) coloured paintwork appears to be in good condition with very few imperfections. There’s a scuff underneath the driver’s door and where the door meets the frame some paint is coming away on the corner edge.

On the inside of the door hinges are some rust coloured drips, but there doesn’t seem to be any rust that would be detrimental to the door mechanism.

Badging all round appears to be of a good standard and the chrome details don’t seem to show signs of pitting. The nearside window surround has some age related wear as the plastic is deteriorating just above where the door and back window meet. There's similar wear where the wing mirrors attach to the doors turning the plastic white in some places.

The front bumper has some stone chips and the paintwork near the fog light on this side also seems to have been chipped away by road debris. This is however, a small blemish on the inside so it’s not visible if you look at the car head on.

All four seven-spoke alloys look to be in good condition, with eye-catching red brake callipers underneath. At the rear there’s parking sensors that the owner reports work as they should. And last but certainly not least there’s quad tailpipes so you can really hear the V8 sing.

On the Inside

Inside, the lower half of the dash, the seats and the door cards are all upholstered in Maserati’s navy blue leather. The carpet is what Maserati calls Grigio Fumo (smokey grey) to complement the exterior colour scheme and this 4200 has aluminium racing pedals. The carpet in the passenger footwell has a few small stains but the smokey grey colour disguises imperfections well.

The heated front seats have some wear on the outside bolsters but apart from that, seem to be in good condition. Both seats are electrically adjustable with the driver getting an electric memory seat. In the back the rear bucket seats look rarely used so remain well preserved.

Unusually for this model and age of Maserati, the owner reports no sticky buttons, nothing short of a miracle! But if you can’t believe it until you see it, pop down to our HQ to check it out for yourself. Don’t all rush at once though, we’d all like them to remain unsticky.

In terms of tech, it comes with an alarm, cruise control, sat nav, parking sensors, climate control, phone connectivity and a six track CD changer.

The boot has some scuffs and discolouration inside with a brown stain in the centre but none of this affects its usability. There’s plenty of storage under the boot floor as it doesn’t have a spare wheel but it does come with a Maserati tyre repair kit in case you get a puncture. Tucked away in the left hand side of the boot is the CD changer.

Underneath

As the latest MoT advisory suggests, the “nearside Brake pipe [is] corroded [and] covered in grease or other material front to rear.” The undertray has a few scrapes so it would seem this 4200 doesn't get on very well with speed bumps but there doesn’t appear to be any cracks. As it’s protecting the underside of the car there shouldn’t be any cause to replace it in favour of something more visually appealing. There’s a few rusty bolts underneath and some damage to one of the bolt holes in the undertray but it doesn’t look like this has any structural bearing.

Under the bonnet, the engine bay is neat and tidy, and has its correct Maserati badging in case you forget what car you’re driving. The V8 dominates the engine bay so there’s not a lot of room for much else. This example also has skyhook suspension.

History Highlights

Brake pipe corrosion is the only regular occurrence in the MoT history, but this is mostly advisories that have been dealt with. Overall, it has a good MoT history from new with the only gap being 2021 and the only advisory from the most recent test being the nearside brake pipe corrosion.

This car has a fairly comprehensive service history with all scheduled services completed within the Maserati dealership network.

28/02/05 - 257 miles @ Stratstone Maserati West Midlands

04/10/05 - 7,350 miles @ Stratstone Maserati West Midlands

17/05/06 - 773 miles @ Maranello Service Centre

07/09/07 - 13,882 miles @ Stratstone Maserati Manchester

11/12/08 - 17,950 miles @ Stratstone Maserati Manchester

27/10/10 - 24,269 miles @ Stratstone Maserati Manchester

20/03/12 - 27,555 miles @ Auto Shield Ltd

29/10/13 - 30,472 miles @ Auto Shiled Ltd

19/05/15 - 33,265 miles @ Auto Shield Ltd

22/12/16 - 35,755 miles @ Auto Shield Ltd

07/09/18 - 36,054 miles @ Auto Shield Ltd

15/03/21 - 37,218 miles @ Auto Shield Ltd

In 2018 a new clutch was installed by Autoshield Maserati. The A/C and heating fan were also repaired in the same year as the heater fan had seized and the A/C had a small expansion valve leak.

Most recently in 2021 the vehicle had an oil filter replacement and a new pair of windscreen wipers. The service history shows between 2009 and 2016 an issue with the reverse light switch which would cause the reverse light not to turn on. This appears to have been replaced a couple of times and hasn’t shown in the service history again since 2016. In 2009 both door mirrors were replaced due to corrosion and the parts were paid for by Maserati as a goodwill payment.

What We Think

With an estimate of £13,000-£18,000 this is a lot of car for the money. This is a well presented rare manual example with low mileage and seemingly few cosmetic or mechanical issues. It’s also unusual to find one in such good condition without sticky buttons.

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Seller

Jim Dixon

  • Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, United Kingdom
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 37000
  • Chassis Number: ZAMBC38C000012390
  • Engine: 4244
  • Gearbox: Manual
  • Steering position: Right-hand drive
  • Colour: Silver
  • Interior: Blue
  • Estimated Price: £13,000 - £18,000

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