1970 Maserati Ghibli Coupe

In November of 1966, at the annual Turin Motor Show, Maserati unveiled their striking new flagship grand tourer to replace the aging Mistral and low-production 5000GT. Named Ghibli after a hot Saharan wind, this V8-powered two-seater was easily one of the stars of the show, graced with enormous presence from its taut, purposeful styling by the maestro, Giorgetto Giugiaro working for Ghia. A far cry from the curvaceous designs of the early 60s, the Ghibli signaled a significant shift in design language, with sharp lines, wedge-shaped profiles, and pop-up headlights showing the way of the future.

Maserati was still a boutique manufacturer at this stage, so to keep costs under control, they utilized the same underlying architecture as the Quattroporte Sedan and Mexico four-seater, altering the wheelbase to suit the Ghibli. Maserati’s 4.7-liter four-cam V8 powered the Ghibli, derived from the fearsome 450S sports racer, and was first seen in road-going guise in the exclusive 5000 GT. In the Ghibli, the V8 featured dry-sump lubrication and four downdraft Weber DCNL (later, DCNF) carburetors, producing 310-335 horsepower depending on specification. With its torque-laden V8 and available options such as air conditioning, power steering, and even an automatic gearbox, the Ghibli was aimed at buyers seeking a sophisticated, high-performance Gran Turismo with similar performance to its competitors at Ferrari, Lamborghini, and De Tomaso, but with considerably more refinement, comfort, and practicality.

Celebrities and business moguls alike fell for the Ghibli immediately, and it is said that Henry Ford II was so taken by it that he tried to buy the company! Initially, Maserati hoped to sell just 100 Ghiblis, but it was so well received that they ultimately produced 1170 coupes and 125 spiders. It remains a poster-child among 70s Italian supercars, renowned today as it was when new for its effortless performance and glamorous style.

Offered here is a low-mileage, exceptionally well-preserved 1970 Ghibli Coupe, chassis number AM115.1148. According to information provided by the Ghibli Registry, this coupe was sold new to a New York resident, who equipped the car for relaxed Grand Touring with a host of factory options, including Borrani wheels, power steering, electric windows, air conditioning, Becker Grand Prix radio, and an automatic gearbox. After less than a year of ownership and 8,150 miles, the first owner traded 1148 to dealer T.N.M. Lathrop of New London, Connecticut. The second owner purchased the Ghibli from Lathrop and cherished it as part of his private collection for 43 years until his passing in 2014. That same year, the most recent owner acquired it through the estate, and a copy of the title lists the actual mileage as 19,250. Now showing just over 20,000 miles, this marvelous Ghibli Coupe remains in remarkable condition, with mostly original red paint, original leather upholstery, and factory-correct details throughout.

The Ghia coachwork is beautifully crisp and straight, with doors that open and close with satisfying precision and well-defined lines and panel gaps. A light patina is evident in the paint finish, which appears to be primarily original, with some spots resprayed as needed over the years. The bright trim is straight and properly aligned with preserved original plating. The Borrani wheels are tidy, with some light corrosion noted on a few spokes, and they are shod with rare, possibly original Pirelli Cinturato CN73 radials. In a world of over-restored show cars, the careworn cosmetics of this Ghibli are refreshingly appealing.

The cabin features well-preserved factory-fitted cream leather seats, door panels, and carpets. Black leather covers the center console and instrument panel, with the correct suede-effect “mouse hair” on the dash top, still in good order. While some seams have split on the seats, the upholstery is generally in fine original condition and is still amazingly pliable and presentable. Factory-correct features include a full array of Veglia Borletti instruments, Becker Grand Prix, and a lovely three-spoke wood-rimmed wheel. A factory jack and knock-off tool are included.

This Ghibli retains its original, matching-numbers 4.7-liter V8, topped with Weber carburetors and a correct low-profile air cleaner, with authentic detailing and a light patina to the cam covers and painted accessories. It runs and drives beautifully, with a cohesive quality that only low-mileage original cars seem to possess. The automatic gearbox, power steering, and A/C make it ideal for relaxed high-speed cruising, though we recommend fresh tires before embarking on long runs.

Unrestored original Ghiblis are a rare sight, and this superb example would undoubtedly be a top contender for preservation class honors at premier concours events worldwide.

 

Offers welcome and trades considered 

 

$149,500

Stock number 7334

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