Autotrader Find: 1987 Maserati Spyder

Here’s a car you won’t likely see again. It’s a 1987 Maserati Spyder, which is basically the convertible version of the notorious "Biturbo" from the 1980s. I call the Biturbo "notorious" because it’s well known for its reliability issues, mediocre performance and resultant low used-car pricing, especially after "Top Gear" did a segment on it.

Nonetheless, I’ve always had an affinity for this vehicle, in part because it’s so unusual that it’s special — a car so rare and so unloved that you just don’t see them all that often. People haven’t spent much time or money keeping them going, and they’re tremendously uncommon to spot in basically any state.

This particular Spyder looks like a fairly decent one. Mileage is claimed at just 12,700, though the VIN isn’t given, so we do not have access to a Carfax report. Unfortunately, it’s equipped with an automatic transmission, and while the owner notes that it hasn’t been driven since 1995, they also state that the engine and turbochargers are in good shape. With that said, the ad goes on to say that "it starts and runs but will definitely need some tic/tune-up." It’s worth noting, however, that that’s true of most Maserati models from this era.

Fortunately, it’s cheap: This 1987 Maserati Spyder is offered by a private seller in the Denver area who’s asking just $11,999 — not much to enter the world of Maserati. But you’ll probably end up spending quite a bit more than that to get it back into good shape.

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