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RESERVE LOWERED: 2003 MASERATI 4200 COUPE CAMBIOCORSA

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This Maserati 4200 Coupe is an exotic Italian sports car, finished in a vibrant factory colour, and presented in superb cosmetic and mechanical condition. Its engine is the Ferrari-built 4.2-litre F136R V8, producing 385bhp, with rear-wheel drive via the six-speed Cambiocorsa automated-manual transmission with paddle shifters. The odometer shows just 38,352 miles from new, which is fully evidenced by the MOT and service history. This will increase slightly during the week of the sale, as the car is in regular use.

An original UK market right-hand drive car, it was supplied via Meridien Modena in Hampshire, and was first registered in June 2003. Factory-fitted equipment included a contrasting dashboard finish, carbon-fibre interior trim pack, and the Skyhook adaptive suspension system. There are five previous registered keepers on the V5C log book. The seller has owned the car for the last two years, covering around 2,300 miles on the road, and has invested in bringing this Maserati up to a very impressive standard.

The body panels are all in superb condition, with no accident damage, dents or scuffs, except for a barely perceptible ding on the nearside A-pillar. The metal around the rear lights, which is a common hot-spot for rust, shows no signs of any corrosion. In August 2019, the owner commissioned a three-day Paint Correction Detail treatment at Summit Detailing in Weston-super-Mare, carried out by Chris Cooke, the former head of detailing at Ferrari Swindon.

This treatment comprised a full inspection of the paintwork, a multi-stage wash, chemical decontamination, clay bar decontamination, and multi-stage machine polish. The panels were prepared for ceramic treatment, and a coating of Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light was then applied. The alloys and factory-painted red brake calipers were coated in Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour, and the faded black scuttle panel trim was restored with Solution Finish.

Today, there are just some light stone chips and marks to the front end, sills and flanks, but the car still presents superbly with a smooth and glossy appearance to all of the paintwork. The bonnet emblem has been replaced with a new badge from Maserati. It sits on a set of factory-fitted 18-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels, which were refurbished and power-coated in gunmetal grey prior to the detailing session, along with new centre caps, 15mm wheel spacers, and longer wheel bolts. Bidders should note that the original wheel bolts remain with the car if they wish to remove the spacers in the future.

Inside, the seats are trimmed in Grigio Medio, and the leather remains in very good order. There is some minor wear on the driver’s seat side bolster, but no rips, tears, or other damage. During the extensive detailing session in August 2019, the hide was also thoroughly cleaned and protected with Gtechniq L1 Leather Guard. Its electrically adjustable front seats are both heated, and have memory settings on the driver’s side. The forward/back seat adjustment motors on both seats occasionally stick slightly during operation, but are fine for minor adjustments. The Maserati Info Centre media system is installed, and the original satellite navigation disc is present.

There is original carbon-fibre trim around the steering wheel rim, and used as accents on the door cards, while the gear shift paddles have been upgraded to Maserati GranSport items. The centre console features the cup holder and wing mirror adjustment arrangement from the facelifted 4200 Coupe, and a Loudlink Bluetooth car kit is fitted in the centre armrest for audio playback. The original boot-mounted CD changer has been removed, but remains with the car. As found in many millennium-era Italian cars, some of the switchgear and interior trim has gone sticky in a few places, with some peeling of the coating, though this is relatively inexpensive to refurbish.

The most recent scheduled maintenance was in May 2019 at 37,526 miles, carried out at Bath Road Vehicle Services in Wiltshire, which is run by a Maserati and Ferrari-trained Master Technician. It consisted of a full annual service, as well as renewal of the front and rear brake discs and pads, replacement steering rack joint boots, and installation of H&R lowering springs (though the originals remain with the car). A new battery was fitted, along with re-worked OE rear exhaust silencers, and a clutch reading was carried out, showing only 1.27% wear. The car is also fitted with a Larini exhaust X-pipe, though the original exhaust parts remain with the car.

In August 2018 at 36,558 miles, a major service was carried out at the same independent specialist, comprising replacement of the engine and gearbox oils and filters, fresh brake fluid, a new set of spark plugs, BMC air filter, and renewal of the auxiliary belt. New gaskets were fitted for the rocker covers and intake manifold, and a worn nearside front upper ball joint was also replaced. A black painted intake manifold was also fitted to replace the peeling original item. A few months earlier in April 2018, at 35,937 miles, the car received a full Cambiocorsa clutch and release bearing replacement at a cost of £2,500.

Its last MOT test was on 24 May 2019 at 37,526 miles, which resulted in a first-time pass with no advisories. Since its very first MOT in 2006, the car has only received the odd advisory about wear to tyres, as well as a problem with faulty hazard lights in 2013. Other than that, there have never been any warnings or alerts about any other issues with the car, with no advisories about brakes or suspension at all. While the engine is in excellent health, the owner reports that the oil pressure gauge in the instrument cluster holds a steady 5 bar with the engine running, but does not lower as it should when at idle, which is not uncommon and most likely requires a new oil pressure sender unit.

The alloy wheels are fitted with Falken ZE914 tyres at the front in size 235/40 R18, and Falken FK453 at the rear in size 265/35 ZR18. ZE914s are date-coded to 2016 and have around 6.5mm of tread remaining, while the FK453s were manufactured in 2014 and have around 5mm left. The seller reports that all of the tyres are in excellent condition, and perform very well on the road. When not out being driven, the car is always kept garaged by the seller, and is plugged into a CTEK battery conditioner when not in use.

The car is accompanied by the Maserati leather book pouch, containing the stamped warranty and maintenance record, service directory, and information guide. A full owner's manual has been printed in a separate A4 ring binder, and an original sales brochure is also included. There are two keys, as well as the complete Maserati tool kit, with four wrenches, two screwdrivers, and the towing eye.

This Maserati 4200 Coupe Cambiocorsa is an exotic modern classic, and a model which remains a rare sight on the road. The exhaust note of its Ferrari-built V8 has been subtly enhanced by the addition of a Larini X-pipe and re-worked OE rear silencers. It benefits from a full service last year, as well as a complete clutch replacement just 2,500 miles ago, and extensive preventative maintenance by the seller. This is a practical, comfortable, and great value contemporary GT car, which attracts the right kind of attention wherever it goes.

Summary of service history:

  • 23 Sep 2003 - 1,686 miles
  • 222 Apr 2005 - 5,763 miles
  • 13 Mar 2007 - 15,057 miles
  • 18 Jul 2008 - 23,216 miles
  • 6 Aug 2009 - 23,365 miles
  • 3 Mar 2014 - 30,744 miles
  • 12 Jun 2018 - 36,003 miles
  • 17 Aug 2018 - 36,558 miles
  • 24 May 2019 - 37,526 miles

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