Giuseppe Candini
Specialista   Maserati

I had finally made up my mind about the type of car I wanted to buy. I wanted a car that was Italian, quick and a little out of the ordinary. I had heard some good reports coming from Italy about the Maserati Ghibli II.

Although I live in England, where we drive on the left, I wanted a left hand drive car. I believe this is the way the car was designed. There is no way that any manufacturer in Italy commissions any designer to design a car for the few right hand drive models which might be sold. I have always liked the Biturbo shape and this new version with its flared wheel arches was the one I wanted.

I wanted the 2-litre version because after all wasn't one of the first Maseratis, the Tipo 26B, a supercharged 2-litre!

Excerpt from an article on the Maserati Ghibli that appeared in the Autocar, 1993.

"The Little Ghibli stays at home" by Andrew Frankel.

The greatest shame about the Ghibli is, for UK buyers at least, the best Ghibli of all will be left at home.
It has only a two-litre version of the twin-turbo V6, but before you dismiss it as an Italian tax-breaker, consider this. Its engine comes direct from the Barchetta racing car, which means 306bhp at 6250 rpm and 276 lb ft of torque. It also means you get a six-speed gearbox as standard.
Its punch is extraordinary. A day at Goodwood with the entire Maserati range confirmed it to be a better car than even the mighty V8 Shamal. The engine is smooth, incredibly flexible given its small capacity and soaked in torque: I found you could balance it through Goodwood's fiendishingly tricky corners with a precision and confidence I cannot remember from another turbo car.
Maserati's UK importer says it will not sell the car because it feels customers would react against being asked to pay 35,000 for a two-litre.

They would if they drove it!

In the Spring of 1998 my wife and I were on holiday in Italy and while looking through an Italian car magazine I saw a 1995 Ghibli II being advertised by Interauto of Reggio Emilia, one of the biggest Mercedes dealers in Italy. Having pencilled in several cars to look at that day we travelled across Italy to see these cars. I had already seen five cars that day but I was looking for a low mileage car which was in immaculate condition. The cars we had seen were either the wrong colour or had covered too many miles. I wanted a new car for a lot less money.

We arrived at Interauto late that afternoon and after looking around for a little while saw the car in a corner of the showroom. It appeared that the sale of this Maserati was not a priority. I asked to see the car and I liked it straight away. It was like new. The car had covered only 25,000Km, the interior was immaculate and when the salesman opened the bonnet the engine bay was mint. I doubt the car had ever seen the rain. I didn't even need to take the car for a test drive. We negotiated a suitable price which included a full service. It was then that the salesman recommended the pre delivery service be carried out by a well known Maserati specialist, Sig. Giuseppe Candini whose workshop is in Modena.

That recommendation has proved to be the most satisfying part of the deal I made that day.

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A 4.7-litre Bora sitting outside
Giuseppe Candini's workshop.

Click entrance to enter Candini Workshop.

From 1953 to 1958 Giuseppe Candini was with Maserati's race support team where he worked with many top racing drivers including the five times World Champion

Juan Manuel Fangio
Seen here during a visit to the Candini workshop.


Giuseppe, Fangio and his brother discuss the complex gearing of the sixteen cylinder V4 engine.


A rare opportunity to view the complex gearing of the 16-cyl 4-litre V4 engine. As early as 1929 this incredible engine produced 305 bhp @ 5500 rpm.


One of the posters for Fangio's film
'FANGIO Una Vita a 300 all'ora'.

No, they don't sell ice cream! An enamelled sign from the ice cream company that sponsored the Tipo 420M/58 'Eldorado' for the Monza and Indy '500'.


And to prove the point, Giuseppe and Marcello Candini stand by a little piece of Maserati history, the Tipo 420M/58 'Eldorado'.


The DOHC 2-litre engine from an A6G 2000.


The SOHC 1.5-litre engine from an A6 1500.

Giuseppe's collection of Maserati motorcycles includes the prized 50cc 'Rospo'!


Under the wheel-arch of a 3500GT Spyder by Vignale: the front suspension and disc brake.
The Marchal front fog light from an A6G 2000.


The beautiful chromed coil-spring from
the bonnet of an A6G 2000 by Frua.
The oil-filler cap from
the engine of an A6G 2000.


Marcello's recently acquired 1:8 scale resin model, 56 cm (22 ins) in length, of Fangio's Maserati Tipo 250F. This model was built by an ex-Ferrari employee who now builds 1:8 scale models of Maseratis and Ferraris from his garage at home..


The Candini Workshop also has a selection
of original and after-market wheels for sale.

Re-conditioned engines for all
18-valve and 24-valve Biturbos.

The Candini Workshop is always well stocked with genuine Maserati parts. Marcello, who speaks excellent English, supplies parts to Maserati owners all over the world. You can contact him on:


It only takes a phone call and you'll be surprised how much you can SAVE!


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