- High quality restoration by Touring
- One of 37 4.9-litre Spyders with original manual gearbox
- High performance, supremely elegant model
- Delivered new with manual gearbox and Borrani wire wheels
The Ghibli design by Giugiaro at Ghia was masterful. This stylish model, presented at the Turin Motor Show in 1966, was the ultimate development of the front-engined V8 Maserati, allowing the marque to take a well-earned place in the market for Grand Touring cars. This was helped by the magnificent four-cam engine designed by Giulio Alfieri, powerful and robust, that was capable, in the 4.9-litre version, of powering the Ghibli to well over 250 km/h. Cars capable of such speeds were rare at that time. Keen to maintain their reputation for sophisticated styling, Maserati gave the car a level of finishing that was particularly elegant and polished. A pre-oil crisis baby that appeared before the widespread introduction of speed limits, the Ghibli represents the pinnacle of Italian GT cars.
The Spyder version, unveiled at the 1968 Turin Motor Show, was even more striking with a hood that disappeared beneath a special panel to give the car a beautifully clean, pure line. Adding to the good looks and luxurious finishing was the outstanding engineering, as reported in the September 2013 French edition of Classic & Sportscar in an article on the Spyder Ghibli : "The Trident's history in competition is present in this splendid car, and when you hear the magnificent V8 engine start up, its relationship to the 450 S is clear."
The Maserati factory has confirmed that the car presented is a 4.9-litre Spyder sold new with manual gearbox, air conditioning and wire wheels, which is an extremely rare and highly sought after configuration. On leaving the factory, liveried in "pervinca" blue with red upholstery, the car was delivered to the United States. Between 1992 and 2008, it belonged to a collector from Virginia, and it was from him that the current owner, an important European collector, acquired the car, returning it to Europe. He entrusted it to the highly renowned workshop in Italy, Carrozzeria Touring, to carry out a total restoration that took several years. As can be seen from the photographs in the file documenting this restoration, every part of the car was attended to. Today, this Maserati is superb, presented in green with light beige upholstery that looks stunning. Moreover, this is a particularly rare car : out of 125 examples of the Spyder Ghibli built between April 1969 and May 1972, just 37 were fitted with the 4.9-litre engine mated to a manual gearbox. This Spyder Ghibli therefore presents a unique opportunity to acquire one of the most legendary road-going Maserati models in the history of the marque - and the story of the automobile worldwide.