The Maserati Ghibli appeared in 1967 as Maserati’s answer the Lamborghini Miura and Ferrari 275GTB/4. The Ghibli may not have had the wow factor of the Miura, but the Giorgetto Giugiaro (of Ghia) penned body was quite striking in its own right. It was a huge departure from the attractive but more traditional Sebring that it replaced. The long, flat hood swept gently up to a steeply raked windscreen and over a fastback roofline. High haunches gave the impression of speed and the whole body was clean, unadorned and finely detailed with a few sharp edges to balance the long sweeping profile. Early Ghiblis were powered by a 4.7L V8 engine that shared its roots with the Quattroporte and Mexico models. But the Ghibli’s low, flat hood meant the engine would not be a direct fit, so the powerplant was modified to run a competition style dry-sump oil system as well as a quartet of twin-choke Weber carburetors. While it had supercar looks and performance, the Ghibli was also a fine grand tourer. Production models had 2+2 seating, a large trunk, an available automatic transmission were very comfortable and easy to drive – especially when compared to the punishing Lamborghini Miura. The big four cam V8 had long legs when mated to the 5-speed ZF gearbox and could propel the Ghibli to 160mph. The leather swathed cabin of the Ghibli is roomy and comfortable, even for taller drivers and many featured electric windows and air conditioning. The Ghibli is an underrated 1970’s supercar. But it is spectacular to drive, spectacular to look at and makes all the right Italian noises when you press the loud pedal.
This 1970 Ghibli is factory 4.9L SS as indicated by the chassis number – 115/49/10244 – in fantastic restored condition. It is fitted with all of the most desirable options- power steering, 5-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, and gorgeous factory bolt-on Boranni wire wheels. A modern stereo has been fitted for the times when you want some accompaniment for the sonorous exhaust. It was extensively restored approximately 10 years ago to a very high standard, and remains in beautifully usable condition. The car was stripped to bare metal, properly repaired and resprayed in an elegant metallic blue, a 2004 Maserati color known as Blu Nattuno. The paint is offset by a stunning, wine-red leather interior with blue carpets bound in red leather. The resulting dark metallic blue over red looks simply breathtaking on the magnificent Ghia body. The paint and body are very straight with excellent gaps and finish work. Records show the body rubbers were replaced, including windscreen and backlight rubbers. The chrome and brightwork are like-new throughout. In conjunction with the cosmetic restoration, extensive mechanical work was also performed, including rebuilt carburetors and a re-cored radiator with upgraded electric fans. The car remains in outstanding condition mechanically and cosmetically. Road manners live up to the high quality restoration on the exterior and it is simply a joy to drive. The Ghibli SS pumps out 335 horsepower and is renowned for being the best driving of the early 70’s Supercars, and this example does not disappoint. Overall this is a stunning, high quality restoration done to near-concours standards. This Ghibli SS would be welcome at nearly any show and would certainly provide many rewarding miles on the open road.
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