Pierangelo Andreani didn’t necessarily pluck the Biturbo’s bodystyle from thin air. Like everyone else, he was influenced by others, although it must be emphasised, his Giugiaro impression was a showstopper.
One of the enjoyable things about writing for this site is how much one learns, whether it’s from research for these stories, insights from our incredibly well-informed reader/commenters or occasionally, from random sightings that occasionally take place when carrying out some otherwise unrelated task.
One of the latter prompted this – a chance sighting which led to a question, an inner dialogue and finally, the article you’re reading now. Having written (at length) on the Maserati Biturbo family, (and the 228 model in particular), the thought occurred; wouldn’t it be interesting to trace some of the influences Pierangelo Andreani may have drawn upon when creating these cars?
Rather than spend a vast amount of time expounding upon my theories, I figured presenting them in visual form and allowing you to draw your own conclusions might be more amusing for you and less work for me. I’ve chosen to present them in two separate galleries – one specifically Maserati-based and a second one which shows other potential influences.
Some of you will notice the BMW E30 3-Series is missing for the obvious reason that it was unreleased and only seen in heavily disguised form by the time the Biturbo was announced, so any similarity to it was most likely coincidental.
Others may disagree with some (or all) of the chosen vehicles. Do feel free to suggest others…