- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Brooklands Books Ltd; illustrated edition edition (1 Oct. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1855206005
- ISBN-13: 978-1855206007
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.9 x 27.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Maserati Cars Performance Portfolio 1971-1982 (Brooklands Books Road Test Series) Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Oct 2002
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The Maserati cars featured here are:
Quattroporte (the boxy one)
The articles come from Autocar, Motor, Autosport, Motor Sport, Car and various American magazines. Most are reproduced in black and white although there are colour features on the Bora, Merak and Khamsin. Colour makes a big difference and you can take a glass half full or empty approach. Some detail is lost in the B&W photos where there isn't enough colour contrast.
One article on the Merak also covers its Citroen cousin, the SM. Unfortunately there aren't any group tests that pitch the Maseratis against rivals from Ferrari, Lamborghini, ISO, De Tomaso, Aston Martin, Jaguar or Porsche. I think that's a shame because I enjoy reading those the most.
The strength of the books that focus on the marque rather than a particular model is that there's much less repetition of the same basic facts and issues written in a slightly different way.
Maseratis from the 1970s are special to me. As a teenager I collected car brochures and I remember writing to a Maserati dealer and getting back the Bora and Merak brochures and a poster of the Bora for my bedroom wall.
Cars may be better in modern times but it's hard to beat the looks of the classic 60s and 70s sports cars and Maserati had some of the most glamorous models. Even now, those four syllables, mas-er-a-ti makes my heart soar. It's such a shame that they became so boring in the 1980s.
I recommend this book to all lovers of maseratis and classic cars. I'd like to give it 4.5 stars and all 5 if only there were more colour photos.
About my book reviews - I aim to be a tough reviewer because the main cost of a book is not the money to buy it but the time needed to read it and absorb the key messages. 4 stars means this is a good to very good book.
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