1968 Maserati Ghibli
Year of manufacture1968
Chassis n° AM 115/47 388
Engine° AM 115/47 388
- French origine
- Matching numbers
- Sound body
The Maserati Ghibli, whose sublime shape vouches for the talent of the young Giorgetto Giugiaro then with Ghia, remains amongst the masterpieces of Italian bodywork from its most beautiful era. Its mechanics were at the height of Maranello's production with a "four cam" V8 engine. With 330 hp from its engine, 4.7 litre derived from the powerful racing 450 S and thanks to the purity of its shape and fluidity of its lines, the first 1966 Ghibli reached 250km/h in fifth gear. In 1970, it received an engine which was brought up to 4.9 litre and 335 hp offering a little more torque and guaranteeing greater flexibility. The most beautiful Maserati ever produced must feature, like the Ferrari Daytona and alongside it, in any collection favouring the most beautiful and best performing sporty Coupées.
The car presented was delivered by the French importer, M. Thépenier in Paris May 6th 1968 in this color combination, silver metallic and red carpets and leather, to a gentleman named M.Muschking. It is interesting to see that between 1967 and 1972, only 67 Ghiblis 4.7 Coupées were imported thru the official importer. Among the client's list, it shows Claude François, Karim Aga Khan, Jean Paul Belmondo and the Baron de Zuylen, son of the founder of the prestigious "Automobile club de France".
The car is fitted with air conditioning, a stainless steel exhaust and recent major mechanical work has been carried out (cf. invoice folder by
Laurent Levasseur, at SRT in St Rémy sur Avre). In 2008 the brakes have been overhauled and between 2011 and 2015 the engine has been totally rebuilt for an amount close to 20000 . The crankshaft went thru X-ray, the timing chains, timing pinions and tensioners, rod and main bearings, sleeves, pistons and rings are brand new. The Weber carburettors and the heads have been refurbished but still run on fuel plus additive. The engine needs to be broken in as it should be. Some time ago, the rocker panels have been replaced but the original floors are really rust free and the openings are well-fitted, although the paintwork would benefit from being redone. It is accompanied by a folder of invoices in addition to its French registration documents. The "Ghibli SS" script in the back is from a 4.9L.