Renovation success! An owner’s story

I first had a red Barchetta 14 years ago and loved everything about it but when our son was born it became impractical and so sadly had to sell it. Wind on 14 years and I am now the proud owner of a very rare Maserati 4200 GT Face-lift (manual gearbox) this ticked all my boxes apart from the convertible box, so I started looking again.

I bought this Barchetta after kissing 5 frogs! P901 YGC was a car I found for sale on this forum, it was no show winner but had the potential for it.


New Mohair roof/30,000 genuine miles/FSH/New headlamp lenses/Windscreen and all windows like new/Leather interior and cockpit as new/everything works


Corroded and dented ugly/dated 15” ‘Lemon Squeezer’ steel wheels (IMO)/21 dings and scratches that couldn’t be polished out/11 large stone chips to the bonnet front wings and bumper

Correction works

All dents/dings have now been professionally removed, the wheels have been replaced with more contemporary 17” team Dynamic alloys which fill the arches more whilst still in keeping with the Riviera edition ‘Turbine’ Barchetta alloy design and finally, I took my car to a Daryl from Chips Away in Bromborough who came highly recommended to me by some other OCD mates. He has done a fantastic job with the stone chips with a full front end respray and back bumper. He also very kindly did some small bubbles of corrosion that was just starting under both rear wheel arches FOC. I can highly recommend him to anyone in the forum around these parts, the colour match is fantastic and the detailing finish also is so good. The price was competitive and a courtesy car provided. Daryl also gave me a complimentary FOC Supagard treatment to the paintwork to make up for having the car longer than anticipated!

Daryl Garside 07850 287588 Chips Away Unit 3 Croft Business Park Bromborough CH62 3QZ

The result is a reliable 22 yr old car that is now in ‘Time Warp’ condition inside and out. Another head turning pretty Italian car which compliments my other pretty Italian car!

Pic 1. The day I brought it home

Pic 2. The finished project external

Pic 3. The finished project internal

Pic 4. Both my Italian beauties together 

Stuart Major

February 2019