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1989 Chrysler MASERATI TC TURBO 2 TOP ROADSTER
1989 CHRYSLER TC By MASERATI 2 TOP 2 SEAT ROADSTER, TURBOCHARGED 2.2 LITER, THIS CAR CAME FULLY LOADED WITH EVERY OPTION YOU CAN IMAGINE AND ORIGINAL PRICE OF $33,000.00 THEY WERE LIMITED PRODUCTION OF ONLY 3764 CARS BUILT IN 89'
THIS CAR HERE IS ALL ORIGINAL AND A VERY WELL MAINTAINED CAR,BOUGHT NEW HERE IN PHOENIX AT BILL LUKE CHRYSLER AND ALWAYS WAS DEALER MAINTAINED BY THE ORIGINAL OWNER, RUNS AND DRIVES BEAUTIFULLY, EVERYTHING SEEMS TO FUNCTION AS IT SHOULD, ICE COLD A/C CAR HAS IT ORIGINAL BOOKS AND MANUAL ALSO INCLUDES A CAR COVER. TIRES ARE NEW, CAR WAS RECENTLY SERVICED AND DETAILED.
THESE CARS HAVE BEEN QUITE COLLECTIBLE AND ARE GETTING HARD TO FIND, PRICED TO SELL, DONT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY
Chrysler's TC by Maserati was a "Q" body based on a modified second generation Chrysler K platform jointly developed by Chrysler and Maserati as a grand tourer and introduced at the 1986 Los Angeles Auto Show. After two years of development delays, the TC became available in late-1988 and a total of 7,300 units (the minimum required under the contract) were manufactured in Milan, Italy through 1990. All cars sold as 1991 models were manufactured in 1990.
Lee Iacocca started a friendship with the late Alejandro de Tomaso while at Ford, which led to the De Tomaso Pantera. During the 1980s, Iacocca headed Chrysler while De Tomaso was owner of the historic Maserati brand. In 1984, both companies signed a memorandum of understanding to create a sport coupe, which ultimately became the TC. Chrysler also became an investor in Maserati during that period. In 1985, Lee Iacocca stated that the planned "Q-coupe" would be the prettiest Italian to arrive stateside since his mother immigrated.
The 1989 TC used a slightly detuned 160 bhp (119 kW; 162 PS)  Daytona-spec turbocharged 2.2 L straight-4. This intercooled version, known as the Turbo II, was coupled to an A413 three-speed automatic transaxle. The Turbo II was replaced by a Mitsubishi-sourced 3.0 L 141 bhp (105 kW; 143 PS)  V6 engine for the 1990 and 1991 model years, with the automatic transaxle being upgraded to a four-speed A604 unit.
500 cars were built with an optional drivetrain consisting of a Getrag manual transmission and a 16-valve head version of the 2.2 L. This engine is often called the "Maserati" engine because it was built by Maserati and has a Maserati-branded cast valve cover.
The 200 hp (149 kW; 203 PS) 16-valve 2.2 L "Maserati" engine's cylinder head was cast in England by Cosworth and finished in Italy by Maserati. The pistons came from Mahle GmbH in Germany. The camshafts were designed by Florida-based Crane Cams and were manufactured by Maserati in Modena. The "Maserati" engine used a specially-made 2.2 block, upgraded crankshaft and rods. A Japanese turbocharger was sourced from IHI. The rest of the engine used common Turbo II parts made in the United States.
The TC's platform was based on a shortened Dodge Daytona chassis with suspension and axles from the original model (except for the 5 speed Getrag with "Maserati" engine). The bodywork was produced by De Tomaso subsidiary Innocenti. The struts and shock absorbers were specially designed for the car by Fichtel and Sachs, and a Teves anti-lock braking system was standard. The special wheels were made in Italy by the Formula One supplier Fondmetal.
Bob Lutz, Chrysler executive, said the TC cost Chrysler close to $600M. That is, the cost to produce each of the 7300 TC was about $80K in 1990 dollars.
Rear view of 1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati
The TC featured a detachable hard top with circular, beveled-glass opera windows with a six-point latching system and a manually operated cloth lined convertible top that was available in either tan or black. For the 1989 model year, interior leather colors were ginger or bordeaux. Available exterior colors were yellow, red, or cabernet. The bordeaux interior was only available with the cabernet exterior, both of which were dropped in 1990 when black and white exterior colors were added along with a black leather interior.
The TC's dash, door panels, seats, armrest, and rear fascia panels were covered in hand-stitched Italian leather. Inside doorjambs were finished with stainless steel panels and sill plates. The convertible boot, over which the hardtop rests, is a body colored metal panel. A special interior storage compartment came with an umbrella, tool kit, and small spare tire that allowed the use of the full-sized trunk even with the top down. Standard equipment included a 10-speaker Infinity AM/FM cassette stereo, power windows, 6-way power seats, power door and trunk locks, map lights, puddle lamps, cruise control, and tilt steering wheel.
The only extra cost option available for the TC was a CD player that was a plug-in attachment to the standard Infinity AM/FM cassette stereo. All drivetrain alternatives were no-cost options.
The rarest TC built was a "special order" at the end of the production run for a Chrysler executive. It was white with a Bordeaux interior and the Maserati 16V engine, the only 1991 car to have that color interior or engine.