Classiche Certification

Potakas

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Dear all,

First of all, the car that I will discuss about is a 3200GT Assetto Corsa, I thought to post the certification process over here, since I thought that most of the people that would be interested for the certification will look here, instead at the 3200GT folder. If this is a mistake feel free to transfer this post on the appropriate area.

As you may have read on my other posts last year I purchased an abandoned 3200GT Assetto Corsa and quicklystarted working out in order to bring it to its former glory. I worked mainly with the local dealership in Greece but I was getting a lot of advises from the Classiche department during that time and I established a very good relationship with them, to be honest they are extremely helpful and nice guys. They truly share their passion with the cars and you can tell, that are not some guys doing their day to day job at the office.

I was about to drive the car to Modena but my scheduled changed and I had to send the car with lorry (she had an excellent company), the appointment is set for Monday but the car was already delivered and I can share the first photos that they sent me.
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The tasks that I have asked them to perform is Certification, Exterior/ Interior detailing (there are some flaws on the colour and some rusty parts) and to fix some issues, like the AC condenser that I was unable to find through them or through the secondary market.


Most probably on Monday I will have more information on what they will be able to fix and how much the detailing costs, or if they will find any more issues that I was unaware in order to fix them.


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Potakas

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How long will the certification process take, have you been given a timeline?
They need 5 days to complete it, however I have asked them for some extra things like detailing etc. They told me that I will get quotes and everything in regards to that next Monday, I understood that the detailing department wants to have a look first and then quote you.
 
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I’ve also now been quoted 5 days just for certification. Am seriously considering putting the Ghibli forward as part of the road trip planned for next May.

In some ways it’s expensive considering the market value of the car (maybe 18k in the UK, more in Europe) but it’s not really about that. More about the car itself and enthusiasm for the marque.
 

mjheathcote

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I’ve also now been quoted 5 days just for certification. Am seriously considering putting the Ghibli forward as part of the road trip planned for next May.

In some ways it’s expensive considering the market value of the car (maybe 18k in the UK, more in Europe) but it’s not really about that. More about the car itself and enthusiasm for the marque.
How much do they charge for the certification?
 

Ewan

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I’ve also now been quoted 5 days just for certification. Am seriously considering putting the Ghibli forward as part of the road trip planned for next May.

In some ways it’s expensive considering the market value of the car (maybe 18k in the UK, more in Europe) but it’s not really about that. More about the car itself and enthusiasm for the marque.
It’s a fabulous idea. And you’d come back from your holiday with something tangible to go with the happy memories. Plus an added sense of pride of ownership. Definitely do it if you can.
But have Myles check it over beforehand, so any modification reversals necessary can be made.
 
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It’s a fabulous idea. And you’d come back from your holiday with something tangible to go with the happy memories. Plus an added sense of pride of ownership. Definitely do it if you can.
But have Myles check it over beforehand, so any modification reversals necessary can be made.

Thanks Ewan, completely agree.

A pre-trip trip to Emblem is a must, to prep the car and tweak if needed. Although, the only changes from standard are the back boxes (made to pattern in steel in Germany, as NLA) and a fuel pressure regulator from A.S. Motorsport (they post here) as again the original is NLA. So, I'm hopeful that these will be seen as necessary but sympathetic to original.
 

Maurizio

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Having dealt with the guys at Maserati Classiche in the past, I can confirm that they are indeed extremely helpful and passionate.
Also, the certification process costing 1500 EU, which I believe applies to the Biturbo family only (3200 included from what I see) is a bargain IMHO.
 

Potakas

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In my opinion it is definitely worth it. Also I believe that because Maserati is trying to catch up with Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, they are very easy dealing with them.

There is no the altitude in which they try to find something wrong with the car in order to charge you restoration etc. They really want you to get added value, in resale and the rest of the benefits that may come with the certification. If they play this successful, perhaps desirability in the older cars, biturbos included will come back, and the prices for the remaining good cars will go up. Which is only good for all of us that we pay expensive maintenance for cars that you cannot really sell in the open market, you can only sell it for good money if you find the specific guy that is interested and want the car.
 

Potakas

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First news came today,

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Everything is proceeding well, your car is in a good shape, I’ve done the endoscope check of the cylinders, compression test, painting thickness and tire hardness measurement. By the way, it seems that this car was never repainted, the layer thickness is everywhere between 0,15 and 0,35mm, that means this is the original painting. There is only the painting getting off underneath the headlights plexi covers.

Keep you updated."

So far, so good.
 
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Potakas

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So, today I became aware that there is a Classiche Badge that is placed on the exterior of the vehicle as well, I was only aware of the one that is placed at the back of the driver's door.

I think they want to place it on the grill of the car, which I didn't like to be honest and asked them if they can propose different places in which it will look better. Ideally I would have liked it at the front fender under the white indicator. Let's see. I guess that since they are asking me for such details, the car is a Pass.

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Congrats, good news it looks like! Totally agree regarding the exterior badge, I only knew about the discreet driver's door one, which I think is a really nice touch. Not 100% sure on the grille one.
 

allandwf

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So, today I became aware that there is a Classiche Badge that is placed on the exterior of the vehicle as well, I was only aware of the one that is placed at the back of the driver's door.

I think they want to place it on the grill of the car, which I didn't like to be honest and asked them if they can propose different places in which it will look better. Ideally I would have liked it at the front fender under the white indicator. Let's see. I guess that since they are asking me for such details, the car is a Pass.

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Congratulations. I think a much more discreet badge would be preferable not just the placement.