MORGAN TWP, PA, USA
Up for auction is this 1990 Chrysler TC by Maserati, finished in red over a tan leather interior, with a removable red hardtop, a tan manual convertible top, driven by a 3.0 liter V6 and four-speed automatic transmission, and 50,257 on the clock.
There was a time in history when Lee Iacocca, an icon in the American automotive industry, saw that the Chrysler Corporation was so deeply in trouble that it faced extinction, and Iacocca decided to save it. That’s a bit of a simplistic reading, and ignores some shuffling of various executive positions necessary to qualify for the federal bailout, but he was certainly the public face of a badly faltering company determined to turn its fortunes around. The main platform used for this reversal of fortunes was the “K-car” chassis, a simple front wheel drive chassis powering coupe, sedan, and station wagon versions of the Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant. From there the chassis also went on to be the basis for the wildly successful first Chrysler minivans.
The company-saving platform’s second generation was more sophisticated, and expanded to be used for both sports coupes like the Daytona, and then the ultimate version seen here, the TC by Maserati. This car was the result of the agreement between Chrysler and Maserati to produce an upscale roadster. The actual production process was unnecessarily complicated – the bodies of the TC were built in Italy, then shipped to America for the installation of all mechanical and electrical systems, which was simply a very expensive way to build a car. The end result is a clean and decent roadster that represents a very specific time and place, and remains interesting thanks to its pedigree.
This specific example is a later production TC, so it comes equipped with the bigger, more powerful V6 instead of the early turbo four, and the four-speed automatic transmission - one gear more than the early automatic versions.
The Exotic Red exterior finish of this TC is original and in excellent condition. The vehicle has been garage-kept its entire life, and the condition reflects that care. All panels are glossy and consistent in tint with even panel gaps. The nose has a couple of mild flaws and stone chips, but all trim is clean and undamaged, and the lighting and lenses are still clear and In excellent condition. In the rear, the bumper is damage-free with aligned trim and chrome, with the only evidence of age being the AAA oval decal under the driver side taillight. The tan fabric roof was recently replaced and is in excellent cosmetic and functional condition, with a clear rear window. The removable body color hardtop is also excellent, with no scratches or paint flaws, and a taut and clean headliner.
The interior of the TC is clean and shows very little in the ways of flaws. The Persimmon leather seats are in excellent condition, showing no sign of wear in the seat bottoms or bolsters for either driver or passenger. Both the door and center armrests also show the same level of care, with no cracks or discoloration, and all trim present and in great condition. Touch points like the steering wheel and transmission shift knob are clean with no damage evident. The dashboard and instrument panel are straight, free from warping or sun damage, and is completely original equipment. All leather and chrome trim is intact, and in like-new condition as well.
The V6 engine and four-speed automatic transmission is in optimum running condition, and needs no maintenance. The undercarriage pictures reveal an exceptionally clean chassis, with mild corrosion on bare metal chassis and suspension parts, but no mechanical issues or areas needing attention.
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