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Chrysler’s Turbo Coupe by Maserati Readied

August 29, 1988

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) _ A two-seat, turbocharged coup built by Italy’s Maserati for Chrysler Corp. will be in showrooms in California by the end of the year, spokesmen say.

Charles Kouns, a spokesman for Maserati’s parent company, De Tomaso Industries Inc. of Red Bank, N.J., said last week that production of the car would begin today and it would be in showrooms by year’s end.

Chrysler spokesman John McCandless said the car will be marketed first in California, where convertibles sell year-round.

The new car, called the TC Coupe, was announced in 1986. It will have a standard hard top, a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine and a price tag of about $30,000. Chrysler has agreed to take delivery of 7,300 of the automobiles by July 30, 1990.

Also last week, Chrysler and De Tomaso announced an agreement in which Chrysler would be prevented from gaining a majority control of Maserati. The No. 3 U.S. car maker now owns 15.6 percent of the Italian automaker, and De Tomaso owns 51 percent.

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