2000 3200GT or 2004 4.2 Coupe 90th Anniversary Model.

Delmonte

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Second what everyone says regarding the differences, they’ve nailed it totally so no need to add there.
But I’d second in more detail, what someone said above about finding a good 3200. It will be very difficult.
I bought a 4200 facelift only 2 years ago, it had just 19k on it and was only 22 grand to buy, but Its probably dropped 5 grand already! Nearest thing I’ve ever had to a new car. It’s tight everywhere and pristine. Ive put 8k on it including big Euro trips.
Point I’m making I suppose is there incredible 4200 bargains out there now (even more so now than 2 years ago) with extreme low mileage. Get the latest you can which means facelift. It will feel a generation newer and tighter than any 3200. And I always feel getting the latest version of a car is always a good idea.
Being brutal, you can’t give away a 4200 just now. Total buyers market. See loads and buy the very best.
If you’re looking at an advertised car in the uk, run it by us lot. Many cars are known here. And let us know how you get on
 

safrane

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I thought the only Anniversary model issued by the factory was the Spyder. Is the model you are referring to a Aus dealer special edition?
 

Glaze88

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I thought the only Anniversary model issued by the factory was the Spyder. Is the model you are referring to a Aus dealer special edition?

Yes I believe the 90 cars were an Australian Dealer Special.

Thanks Delmonte, I agree its a buyers market so it could be a great time to purchase but I am in no rush whatsoever so will take my time and get the very best version I can.
 

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By the way, what’s the cost of shipping to Aus? I know it use to be very expensive in the 90s when I lived there. I think there used to be big import duty as well? Worth looking at UK cars or not? ( No my car is emphatically not for sale, .Just curious) When in lived in Sydney in 95 I couldn’t believe how much old Euro cars cost. On an Alfasud it was about 400% more, I always wondered about importing
 

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I believe that Australia have tightened down on importing cars now unless of some historical importance.
The Guy that bought my 4200 in NZ moved to Australia and didn't take it with him because of that.
This was in the last 18 months.
I stand to be corrected though.
 

Glaze88

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Yeh our dollar doesn't make importing that attractive at the moment but I think it is such a buyers market on 3500GT & 4200's that a great car at a great price will come along in the near future :)
 

Oishi

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I went through a h3ll.of a.lot of cars in my journey to the 4200 so it was massively considered, planned and executed quickly when the best example available was there to be had.
Rockits, that sums up my decision exactly. We didn't get 3200s over here, so I can't speak to them. But as I have said, I looked at every car out there, with not much off the table money wise, my conclusion for a classic 3 pedal spyder was based on many factors, the main one was what can I drive for a looong time. I have owned 2 other Mas. a Fezzie, Jag etypes, Corvettes, lots of good cars. I love my 4200. Every drive is an occasion, every parking lot a car show. Mrs. Oishi, who could care less about cars, loves it, and plans road trips for us in it. I seriously considered a GT but in the end the spyder won out. Glaze88, enjoy whatever you buy.
 

Phil H

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Yeh our dollar doesn't make importing that attractive at the moment but I think it is such a buyers market on 3500GT & 4200's that a great car at a great price will come along in the near future :)
The chap in Melbourne who bought my Assetto had to pay quite a bit to meet the import compliance regs, and that was on top of the shipping cost. Are they still stringent on import compliance?

PH
 

Glaze88

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Rockits, that sums up my decision exactly. We didn't get 3200s over here, so I can't speak to them. But as I have said, I looked at every car out there, with not much off the table money wise, my conclusion for a classic 3 pedal spyder was based on many factors, the main one was what can I drive for a looong time. I have owned 2 other Mas. a Fezzie, Jag etypes, Corvettes, lots of good cars. I love my 4200. Every drive is an occasion, every parking lot a car show. Mrs. Oishi, who could care less about cars, loves it, and plans road trips for us in it. I seriously considered a GT but in the end the spyder won out. Glaze88, enjoy whatever you buy.
That's great to hear. Thanks again for your input and I'm excited to begin looking at these beauties!!
 

Oishi

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Not to hijack the thread, but has anyone seen the video of the 90th anniversary parade thru Rome, with 90 cars done up with each year's news? Does anyone know what became of these cars? Also, does anyone know if there were any 90th aniv. cars ordered with a 6mt transmission? Now that would be a unicorn.
 

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Not to hijack the thread, but has anyone seen the video of the 90th anniversary parade thru Rome, with 90 cars done up with each year's news? Does anyone know what became of these cars? Also, does anyone know if there were any 90th aniv. cars ordered with a 6mt transmission? Now that would be a unicorn.
All of the factory 90th editions were Gransport or Gransport Spiders. So on that basis, there won’t have been any.
 

Oishi

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Thanks Zep, I didn't think so, but thought I'd ask. About those parade cars, anyone know what happened to them?
 

davy83

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The turbos as IHI units, and i replaced mine a few years back. The code on the invoice from the garage is 111040 but i am not sure thats an IHI number. They are pretty old school so not ceramic or anything like that. They are cast iron I would guess, and they are both oil fed and water cooled and pretty large units, hence the big smile you get when they fire up :)
 

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I believe that Australia have tightened down on importing cars now unless of some historical importance.
The Guy that bought my 4200 in NZ moved to Australia and didn't take it with him because of that.
This was in the last 18 months.
I stand to be corrected though.
There's actually been a massive amount of change in the past 6 months, which has significantly reopened the Australian market to overseas imports.

The cruel irony is that between Parliament, the government and relevant public service departments, they dithered so long and the aussie dollar has been hammered so badly that what may have been viable is no longer so.

This affects US and Japanese imports far more than UK imports, as most members will be aware that pound sterling has also been hammered of late... Just not nearly as badly as the AUD.

They've dropped duties on most imports ex japan, but uk has not been extended the same provision.

Shipping charges increased significantly in jan, and as freight is USD denominated, its quite prohibitive to ship to aus now.

Compliance still likely settles at around the 10k mark... As well as all the unknowns of shipping in these times.

Seriously... Anyone who wants to manage risk... Needs to contemplate the possibility of any car carrier being stricken with covid19, which could wreak havoc with dock clearance.

For anyone in the uk wanting to sell rhd maserati to aus... I'd say there is zero merit in this idea now. It cannot even be guaranteed that a compliance agent would even keep their doors open... Or not run off with your car once in administration!

The OP is limited to buying from the state of aus in which he lives... As we cant cross borders now. Presuming this is Vic... There's a fair few here.

The 90th anniversary is of little or no collectible value... As someone has already pointed out... It was maserati australia simply tacking on some niceties, and a shiny badge or two, presumably to sell them prior to the arrival of the gransport.

My suggestion is to buy a GS, a UK import at that, as they generally sell cheaper than an Australian delivered model. Make sure its HPI and PPSR clear, and that the miles were accurately recorded to klms as the time of import. A few unscrupulous dealers have a tendency to change the odometer to klm and kmh, but not convert the miles travelled into klms... So some buyers end up with cars that have travelled much more than they thought...
 

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The turbos as IHI units, and i replaced mine a few years back. The code on the invoice from the garage is 111040 but i am not sure thats an IHI number. They are pretty old school so not ceramic or anything like that. They are cast iron I would guess, and they are both oil fed and water cooled and pretty large units, hence the big smile you get when they fire up :)
Our turbos are these.
http://www.invasionautoproducts.com/macarrhtuvm9.html
http://www.invasionautoproducts.com/macarrhtuvm10.html