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|Maserati Ghibli |
Godin Banks Ltd.
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This is another dream come true for us here, our very own 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4700 Coupe. We thought we had missed the boat with these as the prices are rocketing as we speak. It is now nigh impossible to buy a Left Hand Drive Ghibli in Europe for less than £75k and within a few years we reckon Ghiblis will be, where they should be, in the £100k bracket. This is still half the price of a Daytona for a much cooler car! We can honestly say this may be your last chance to buy a nicely Restored LHD Manual for this kind of money.
Our car is rare in being the absolutely perfect Spec, ie, both LHD and Manual Gearbox as well as benfitting from Air Conditioning and a Power Steering. The perfect use for this car is long distance European cruising, driving every day and generally lolling around being the coolest guy in the world. This car, finished in Blue with Beige Leather Interior, is simply the COOLEST car on the road today bar none!
A strong contender for the ‘most handsome car of the 1960s’ title, Maserati’s Ghibli debuted in coupé form at the Turin Motor Show in November 1966. Styled at Carrozzeria Ghia by Giorgetto Giugiaro and named after a Sahara Desert wind, the Ghibli rivalled the Ferrari Daytona for straight-line performance - its top speed was close to 275km/h (170mph) - while beating it for price and, arguably, looks. More than 4.5m long and 1.8m wide, the Ghibli occupied an inordinate amount of space for a mere two-seater, but perhaps the most startling aspect of its appearance was the height, or rather the lack of it. Dry-sump lubrication enabled the engine to be mounted deep in the chassis, permitting a low bonnet line, while limited suspension travel ensured that the tyres did not foul the wheelarches. The roofline fell away from the top of the steeply raked windscreen to the chopped-off tail, Giugiaro thus achieving a cabin lower than that of almost all the Ghibli’s contemporaries, albeit one with restricted headroom for rear passengers. Like the contemporary Mexico 2+2, the Ghibli used a shortened version of the Quattroporte saloon’s tubular steel chassis in its live rear axle form.
In preference to the more complex suspension designs favoured by its rivals, the Ghibli used leaf springs and a single locating arm, a much more easily maintained arrangement. The power unit was Maserati’s powerful, four-cam, 90-degree V8, an engine derived from that of the 450S sports racer and first seen in road-going guise in the 5000GT. This was used in 4.7-litre form up to 1970 when it was superseded by the 4.9-litre ‘SS’ version in order to meet ever more stringent emission laws. The gain in horsepower was minimal, but in either case performance was stunning, with 160km/h (100mph) attainable in under 16 seconds. This neck-snapping acceleration resulted from the V8’s enormous torque, which made the Ghibli one of the most flexible and easy-to-drive GTs of its era.
One of the most stunning motor cars ever made, the Ghibli was a worthy rival for the Ferrari ‘Daytona’ and represents exceptional value for money today, just as it did 40 years ago
Interior: Our car has the Beige Leather interior and it is in a very nice condition. The cabin is a wonderful place to sit and wonderfully evocative of the sixties. All the dials and instruments work as they should and there is nothing that needs immediately addressing. The carpet is OK and all in all, the cabin is very nice. Air Conditioning is fitted but you would need to get this working again.
Exterior: Our car has been restored in Blue and the finish is extremely good although not to pebble beach standard. The whole car presents extremely well. All chrome work is in good condition. The wheels are good as are the tyres and there is absolutely nothing to do, simply polish and drive away!
Mechanical: This car starts and drives exactly how it should and is a pleasure to drive. There are no undue knocks or rattles from the suspension. The car has a recent MOT and is ready to show this summer and enjoy.
Summary This is a special car in a number of ways, the colour scheme is perfect, the mechanical and general restoration work carried out means it is an absolute pleasure to drive and own. This combination, along with the low price means that we will probably have this one in stock for days, not weeks. Please call us quickly for a bargain if you think this car might be for you. It is also UK Registered but can be registered anywhere without problems. We honestly believe the Ghibli to be criminally undervalued at present and the next couple of years will see this proved correct! The Coolest Car on the road today!
Sold on the 19.06.2012
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