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Discussion in 'Maserati' started by Timo04, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. Timo04

    Timo04 Karting
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    What are the "best" years or series produced of the Maserati Indy? The Citroën style brakes on the latter series are they any good or should the be avoided? The Indy is quiet rare these days and for me the car is an attractive GT 2+2. All thoughts and advice is welcome.
     
  2. thecarnut

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    I am resurrecting this old thread as I did not see another one specifically for Indy owners to post photos of their cars, ask questions and make comments.

    A friend recently asked me to sell his 1973 Indy 4900 and the car is sleeping in my garage. I've owned several Indys in the past but they were all in "average" condition, which is my nice way of saying they needed a lot of work and money to make them really enjoyable. After driving his Indy I've come to realize that a very nice Indy is a great car and perhaps one of the best exotic car values. Powerful and comfortable, yet very classy and unmistakably Maserati. .

    These are a few photos of his Indy, others are welcomed to post theirs.

    If you are interested in a getting an Indy, I posted his on the classified section of FChat:
    https://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/threads/1973-maserati-indy-4900.600008/

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  3. KLHarper

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    Nice Indy

    Does anyone have a good parts cross reference for the Indy. I know the tail lights are Alfa Berlina, and front suspension appears to be Jaguar. But I am trying to find a cross reference for other parts, as there use to be one years ago but I can no longer find it
     
  4. Nembo1777

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    Not only are the Citroen brakes very good but they can save your life and they did save the lives of many drivers of Maseratis thus equipped including factory test driver Giancarlo Martinelli so if a pro's life can be saved by them amateurs better pay attention.

    Only incompetent ignorant mechanics and tinkerers will criticize them.

    Giulio Alfieri, Maserati's head engineer, chose to ask for these brakes -they were NOT imposed by Citroen- as normal brakes could not cope with the ever greater power, speeds and weight of GT cars as the autostrada networks developed, years before speed limits were introduced due to the energy crisis.

    Indy's are the best value out there among ALL Modenese cars, a beautiful GT with four real seats and a trunk -so Madame cannot complain about lack of space for the rugrats or groceries- I rode many miles in them as a child and later drove one for a long time on a special day. Not as agile or quite as fast as a Khamsin but a great GT very much worth considering and BUYING.

    Best regards,

    Marc
     
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  5. Froggie

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    #5 Froggie, May 10, 2019
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    I welcome your initiative, Ivan.

    I bought a very similar late Indy (1973, AM 116/49*2054*) more than a year ago.
    The car was partly sanded and disassembled at the time but was complete and is still under renovation in a shop specialised on nice Italian classic cars here in Belgium (a few notable issues such as finding a new windscreen as the current one was broken during reassembly, difficulties in polishing/rechroming parts, cooling and A/C circuits, recently also sourcing a new rear diff...).

    I was hoping to find on F-chat kind of catch-all or registry thread for Indy's but was disappointed to see that apparently these cars were not deserving such a thread, maybe because of their out of fashion status among Maseratisti...
    Maybe one of the reasons of my hesitant approach to open a full renovation thread here on F-chat, and only posting a few specific technical issues.

    I started instead a thread on http://www.maseratitude.com/ (the french classic/young community is lively) to show the renovation process, it is full of pictures, also english speaking, so foreigners are welcome to read and post:
    http://www.maseratitude.com/public_html/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=5656&sid=adc6bf8bbc34da8137f0822cae5cdc38

    A few pictures of the ongoing process:

    As first discovered for buying, disassembled but complete:

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    Engine bay full of dust from body sanding...:

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    Interior trim in quite good condition, including a "goose neck" period Blaupunkt:

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    Leather in perfect condition:

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    Respray:

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    Recored cooling rad and A/C rad:

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    Engine reconditioned.
    Full service with carbs refurbished, new coil and plugs, distrib, new hoses, belts filters, A/C converted to R134a, LHM braking reconditioned:

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    At this stage the car was close to completion, waiting for its new windscreen:

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    However, the rear diff had to be opened because of a leak.
    Discovery of a loose diff and broken bolts requiring exchange (see https://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/threads/loose-diff-and-sheared-bolt-s-on-indy-4900.597824/).
    See also two new fuel pumps electrically protected by relay:

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    Sourcing of a refurbished Salisbury 4HA LSD (from Jaguar, same fittings) to replace the original (red) open diff:

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    Completion of the renovation is now approaching, I am impatient of driving the car and certainly would encourage others to consider Indy's at still bargain prices!
     
  6. Cmcwilliam

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    I would agree - fab cars! The late ones with Citroen brakes and power steering are really excellent and useable cars.
     
  7. thecarnut

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    According to Fabio of the total 1102 Indy made, the last 201 had the Citroen brakes with the "Khamsin style" 15 inch wheels and gearbox. I believe all 201 had the 4.9 liter engine and power steering.
    To me the Indy looks much better with the 15 inch wheels ... the 14 inch wheels look too small.

    Ivan
     
  8. Froggie

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    I thought there were only 200 LHM 4.9 Indy's and 99 with the normal brakes.
    Read there: https://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/threads/1973-indy4900-lhm-version-suspension-question.396705/page-4#post-143994605
    Close enough;)

    Wrt wheels, I agree on 15" vs 14".
    I would say that design-wise maybe 16" would fit even better (if not too bound by originality).
    See there: https://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/threads/classic-maserati-modern-wheels.224404/page-4

    When my car comes back from restoration, I will try these period BBS RS wheels with 16" tyres:

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