West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional and stunning example of this original southern California 1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati with only 48K original miles! Finished in its beautiful original factory color combination of yellow paint with ginger leather seats interior and owned by only two southern California owners since new!
The Chrysler TC as jointly developed with Maserati and became available in late-1989 with only some 7,300 units manufactured in Milan, Italy when production ended in 1991. Further to Lee Iacocca's friendship with the late Alejandro De Tomaso whilst at Ford, which had led to the development of the 'De Tomaso Pantera' and with Iacocca in the 1980's now heading Chrysler and De Tomaso now the owner of the legendary Maserati brand, the two men decided to create a sports car between the two companies which became the 'TC by Maserati' with Chrysler having become an investor in Maserati at that time. The engine was assembled by Maserati and has a Maserati-branded cast valve cover with the 200HP 16-valve 2.2 L 'Maserati' engine's cylinder head being cast in the UK at the iconic 'Cosworth' plant and then finished in Milan by Maserati. The 'Maserati' engine used a specially-made 2.2 block, upgraded crankshaft and rods. A Japanese turbo-charger was used. The rest of the engine used common Turbo II parts manufactured in the USA. The special wheels were made in Italy by Formula One supplier 'Fondmetal'.
The TC featured a removable hardtop with port holes or opera windows as they were referred to and a manually operated cloth lined soft top that was available in either tan or black. For the 1989 model year, interior leather colors were either ginger or bordeaux. Exterior colors were only available in yellow, red or cabernet. The TC's dash, door panels, seats, armrest, and rear facia panels were all covered in hand-stitched Italian leather. Inside door jambs were finished with stainless steel panels and sill plates. The convertible boot over which the hardtop rests is a body color keyed metal panel. A special interior storage compartment came with an umbrella, tool kit, and small spare tire that allowed the use of the full-sized trunk even with the top down. Standard equipment included a 10-speaker AM/FM cassette stereo, power windows, 6-way power seats, power door and trunk locks, map lights, puddle lamps, cruise control, and tilt steering wheel. Total production for each model year was 7,300 cars with only 3,764 built in 1989 and with extraordinary base prices starting at $33,000 in 1989 and rising to $37,000 in the last year of production only three years later in 1991. The TC was sold by only 300 selected Chrysler dealers
This particular example was purchased new in 1989 for over $33K (approximately $55K in today's money and a very expensive car in its day!) by its original southern California owner who always garaged and pampered the car and the car was sold in 4/2008 to only its second southern California non-smoking owner with 48,050 original miles. The car was always garaged and covered and has no history of any accidents or damage.
The original factory yellow paint is in exceptional and virtually flawless condition as is the original ginger leather interior and all the options are working as they should. The car drives exactly like such a well maintained and serviced car should and must be driven to be fully appreciated and seen to be believed! The engine is extremely strong with no oil leaks, the transmission is very smooth shifting and the temperature always remains cool.
Now fully depreciated, these cars offer great value for anyone seeking a fun and luxurious sporty convertible and you will surely look long and hard to find a finer example of this exceptionally clean 1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati with only 48K original miles available anywhere else!SOLD