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Import Insights 1988: Covering The Entire Vehicle Spectrum

Maserati’s Biturbo 425i pictured on the cover of our August 1988 issue was being replaced by the even more exciting Maserati 430.

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Maserati’s Biturbo 425i pictured on the cover of our August 1988 issue was being replaced by the even more exciting Maserati 430. “Along with its plush interior, it develops 225 hp from its V6 engine and has a top speed of 150 mph,” we reported. It was available through a network of 70 dealers for $40,000.

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At the other end of the price scale (though certainly not the style spectrum) the $8,300 Yugo GVC Cabrio offered a power top that wasn’t available even in a $70,000 Ferrari Mondial.

Many mechanics say that the “best” Yugos ever were built between 1988 and early 1991 due to solid quality control and high standards in terms of plastic quality, seat cloth and “a well screwed together” interior. Paint and antirust coatings were also applied well at the time, because some of these cars are still on the road today.

The Cabrio and four other Yugo models were available from 300 dealers nationwide. 

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