2002 MASERATI 4200 Spyder

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2002 MASERATI 4200 Spyder

Background

Just as the DB7 did for Aston Martin, at a stroke the 3200 rejuvenated the Maserati brand. The Italdesign (of Giorgetto Giugiaro) studio’s sinuous lines and cowled headlights combination banishing its multitude of boxy predecessors (and those fallow Eighties sales years) in an instant. Oh, and those boomerang LED rear lights became instantly iconic.

With the trident badge once more in the ascendency, the boys (now from Modena) followed up the 3200 with the larger engined 4200. Alas it lost the distinctive love ‘em-or-hate ‘em ‘boomers’ on its bum, but the basic recipe stayed the same – only better.

Out went the 32-valve DOHC V8’s twin turbocharged set-up, ditched in favour of a more traditional normally aspirated set up. Combined with this engine capacity increased to 4244cc and that saw power jump from 365bhp to a lofty 385bhp – enough to see the 0-60mph sprint devoured in just 4.9 secs.

That particular journey remained an event to be savoured as the free revving power plant sung its way all the way there, and well beyond. The rest of the mechanical specification remained as impressive as its predecessor’s: alloy double wishbone suspension, traction control, a limited slip differential and huge cross-drilled and ventilated Brembo brakes.

New for the 4200 was the Cambiocorsa F1-style gearbox (originally pioneered by stable mate Ferrari on its F355), which brought flappy-paddle shifting goodness to this epic grand tourer and gave potential owners the opportunity to by a model with the word ‘corsa’ in it – surely the pinnacle for any aspiring Italian high-performance car owner.

Today, both the 3200 and 4200 models remain pertinent reminders of when Maserati properly took up the sports car baton once more. They can also be had for a bit of a bargain price too, so if you’re into sexy Italian drop tops then read on.

The Vehicle

This lovely Meditterraneo Blue Spyder has had four former keepers prior to its current owner, Kevin. “I bought the car seven years ago and it’s always been driven regularly, as long as it’s dry, and always just for fun. It has 13 service stamps in the service book, and all are from Maserati main dealers – the last being just 2.5k miles ago.”

He's provided an incredibly comprehensive Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, which details all owners, each of those services and the respective specialist that carried it out, all MOT tests, and both major and minor work carried out. In terms of traceable history, it doesn’t get better than this.

The service history itself reads as:

• 20th June 2002, courtesy service by Graypaul Nottingham (2,081 miles)

• 21st Oct 2002, 6250 service by Graypaul Nottingham (5,488 miles)

• 26th May 2004, annual service by Graypaul Loughborough (10,963 miles)

• 29th Dec 2004, 18500 service by Graypaul Nottingham (18,285 miles)

• 27th Jan 2007, annual service by Graypaul Nottingham (28,607 miles)

• 27th June 2007, 31500 service by Graypaul Nottingham (28,919 miles)

• 31st Jan 2008, 2nd year service by Dick Lovett Swindon (41,729 miles)

• 5th March 2010, annual service by Carrs Maserati Exeter (56,540 miles)

• 18th Feb 2011, 62500 service by Carrs Maserati Exeter (61,066 miles)

• 30th Sept 2013, 2nd year service by Carrs Maserati Exeter (67,222 miles)

• 25th Aug 2015, 2nd year service by Carrs Maserati Exeter (72,964 miles)

• 23rd Nov 2017, 2nd year service by Carrs Maserati Exeter (79,306 miles)

• 14th July 2020, 2nd year service by Carrs Maserati Exeter (84,468 miles)

“The major spend in my ownership has been the replacement of the F1 pump and the actuator from Carrs Maserati. Other than that, I’ve carried out some minor cosmetics (in 2017), and replaced the rear discs and pads, handbrake shoes, back plates, anti-roll bar brackets and bushes, and oil cooler hoses (in 2018). The following year I replaced a fuel balance pipe and had the underside Waxoyled.

“I’ve loved owning the Maserati but it’s now time for it to move on and for me to get something else interesting.”

On the Outside

Even two decades on the design of the 4200 remains absolutely spot on. It just works beautifully from every angle. Yes, we lost the iconic boomerang lights on this model but hey, you can’t have everything, and rear end is still none too shabby. What’s our favourite angle? It’s got to be the front three-quarter shot (from either side); cowled headlamps, delicate grill with that famous Trident badge sitting proudly in the centre, and oodles of muscular Italian metalwork – stunning.

“The bodywork still looks great with no rust or dinks but does have the usual stone chips and some evidence of paint shrinkage on the nearside rear bumper. The hood is also in excellent condition with no rips or tears and minimal blemishes; the rear window is clean and scratch-free, and the hood mechanism operates perfectly.”

The paint was detailed in December 2018 and retains a lovely deep shine. Panels look to be nice and straight, too. It’s a very pleasing exterior. The alloy wheels are good – Kevin had the nearside kerbing prone ones refurbished in February 2018. There’s plenty of tread remaining on the tyres (the front Michelin Pilot items were replaced at 86,000 miles in July 2021 and the rears in April 2018 at 80150 miles).

On the Inside

The cabin is just as alluring as the exterior, with its sweeping dashboard and centre column curves, black and white chrome-rimmed dials and lashings of Nero leather. It’s a very nice place from which to pilot this Maser.

“The interior is in great condition. There’s minimal wear on the leather, virtually no sticky plastics, and the carpets are excellent. There are a couple of bubbles on the steering wheel airbag, and annoyingly the Maserati script on the ashtray is broken. The fan works but the air con doesn’t blow cold.”

The Spyder comes with an indoor cover, a fitted outdoor cover, wind deflectors, a toolbox and the original tyre repair kit. As Kevin stated earlier, the hood mechanism works smoothly and efficiently. All other electrics work as the manufacturer intended, too.

There’s a touch of wear to the edge of the gearshift flappy paddles, but that’s small potatoes in the grand scheme of things and you’re not going to notice as you whip through the cogs and listen to those quad exhaust tailpipes sing as the V8 spins to the heavens.

Underneath

“It drives exactly as it should,” says Kevin. “The gear change is very quick when driven in Sport mode as it should be. It has Skyhook suspension, and the X pipes make for an absolutely glorious sound. It should be noted that there is an occasional squeak from the spigot bearing when pulling away while cold, but that doesn’t affect driveability at all.”

There’s no doubt that the V8 engine is a free-spinning beauty, and the rest of this car lives up to the billing – it’s a sharp experience. The engine does indeed sound superb with an exquisite exhaust note; brakes are sharp, the semi-auto box shifts without issue and the suspension feels nice and taut.

“Underneath is very clean with just the normal expected surface rust, though I haven’t been under there for a couple of years so it’s worth checking the photographs.” These can be viewed in our Gallery below and do indeed appear to show a nice and reassuringly solid picture.

Popping the bonnet reveals a clean engine bay and, for us, one of the sexiest looking engines this side of Alfa Romeo’s Busso V6 – it’s muscular, clenched fist (albeit, with eight digits) of an air intake sitting proudly in the centre of the V8’s two banks – petrolhead bliss.

History Highlights

“It comes with all the original manuals, all service packs except the first three, lots of bills, two code cards, two keys, sat nav cd, and a history of the Spyder book,” says Kevin. All of these can be viewed in the Photo Gallery, below. It really is worth taking your time to view it, as it demonstrates the excellent level of car that this fine Maserati has received since new.

You’ll also find the current MOT test certificate and V5c document, which runs until 13th May 2023. There are two minor advisories for the nearside front and offside front brake discs.

Please visit the documents section of the gallery of this listing where you will find photos of the paperwork to support our claim that this car has maintained to a very high standard.

What We Think

The model that saved the Maserati marque? It’s certainly one of them, but care is needed in buying one today. As the 3200 and 4200 slid down the automotive food chain, and into the hands of the less fiscally secure, many owners scrimped on maintenance. The difference between the best and so-so examples is today not that far apart, but these are complex sports cars, and we’d recommend going for the former all day (and night) long.

A strong service history and evidence of regular preventative maintenance are key, and as such we think this example (which has both above) will sell for somewhere between £10,000 and £15,000. Even at the top end that’s scandalously low for the Italian V8 drop-top goodness that’ll come the next owner’s way.

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  • Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, United Kingdom
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 87000
  • Chassis Number: ZAMBB18C000006037
  • Engine: 4200
  • Gearbox: semi
  • Steering position: RHD
  • Colour: Meditterraneo Blue
  • Interior: Nero Leather (Black)
  • Estimated Price: £10,000 - £15,000

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