Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
In the late '80s and early '90s, domestic automakers rushed to build limited edition two-seaters as halo vehicles. Cadillac had the Allante, Buick offered the Reatta, and Chrysler teamed with Maserati to build the TC. This 1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati is one of the first year models, and as a result combines the best of both worlds, with Italian design and the rugged Chrysler 2.2 liter turbo engine.
With only 40,050 miles on the clock, this is one of the most original TCs available anywhere on the market today. Looking wonderful in the first-year Exotic Red finish, it's an unusual car that seems to get curious and appreciative glances everywhere it goes, and many people aren't quite sure what it is, but want to find out. Up close, they see that Maserati grille and the cool porthole hardtop and know it's not a garden-variety car, and the exceptional preservation reminds them that this is something special that garnered this sort of care through the years. The original paint is nicely finished, with a recent buff-and-polish that gives this car an upscale shine, but it's not so nice that you'll be scared to take it down the road at a moment's notice. The bright red paint emphasizes the TC's lines, and despite what you may have heard about both Chrysler and Maserati, this one is assembled extremely well. This car also manages to accomplish a rather rare feat: to look equally good as a coupe (hard top on) or as a convertible.
Maserati's influence is most strongly seen inside, where acres of soft, fragrant Saddle leather have been stitched together as only the Italians could do it. The bucket seats wrap around the passengers like overstuffed baseball mitts, with gathered leather on the door panels to add to the ambience. This is a strict two-seater, with only a package shelf behind the seats, but even that area is artfully finished with bright trim and more leather. The unique steering wheel is not only leather wrapped, but even the center is covered and offers an embossed TC emblem in the center. Every power accessory was standard on the TC save for a CD player (this one has a CD changer in the trunk), and reliable Chrysler technology ensures that everything works as it should. The seats show almost no wear, and the carpets look like they've never seen anything more aggressive than a tennis shoe, and in fact, only the center arm rest shows proper evidence that this car was actually driven for 40k miles. Overhead there's both a convertible top that stows beneath a hard tonneau cover, as well as the distinctive color-matched porthole hardtop.
Chrysler's durable and surprisingly potent 2.2 liter inline-four with a big turbocharger delivers sprightly performance in the relatively light TC, even when accompanied by the standard 3-speed automatic transmission. The engine bay is nicely maintained, and it has a very OEM look that is indicative of careful ownership over the years. This one-owner car was obviously owned by an enthusiast that knew this car was worth preserving from the beginning. Further proof of its easy life is the completely rust-free chassis that even boasts an original exhaust system with a catalytic convertor and virtually zero corrosion. If you're a fan of authenticity, this car will certainly impress you. The alloy wheels show no brake dust or curb rash, and there's a good set of Hankook radials so you can enjoy this car immediately.
Documented with an original window sticker, warranty card, dealer's invoice, owner's manuals, and maintenance records, this is perhaps the nicest TC on the market today. Don't let it get away, call today!
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