1969 Maserati Ghibli

Spyder 4.9L

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1969
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    AM115/S1005
  • Engine number 
    AM115/1005
  • Lot number 
    328
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Yellow
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

US Title with French customs clearance certificate 846 A
Chassis n° AM115/S1005
Engine n° AM115/1005

- Second 4.9-litre spider produced
- Original engine, original colour
- High performance, iconic model
- Rare 4.9-litre version, manual gearbox, European specification

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 car on offer, which left the factory in May 1969, is a particularly interesting example, being only the second Ghibli 4.9-litre Spyder to be built. Completed before the homologation process was completed, this example doesn't have the number " 49 " usually included in the chassis number of the 4.9-litre cars. This detail is clarified in an official Maserati letter, signed by Fabio Collina, which also reveals another interesting fact : although delivered new to the US, this car is built to European specification. It was not until 1971, the year that stringent laws on pollution came into force in the US, that specifications for cars exported to the other side of the Atlantic were modified to comply with these rules.
A second letter from Maserati, signed by Ermanno Cozza, states that the car is presented today in its original form, in yellow with black interior, and that it was delivered new to Prestige Motors in Beverly Hills, the area of Los Angeles loved by film stars.
In 1994, the car, in need of restoration, passed into the hands of an active member of the Maserati owners' club, Terrence Teodori. He kept the car until 2006 when he passed it on to the Motorcar Gallery in Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Shortly afterwards, it caught the eye of a French enthusiast who brought the car back across the Atlantic. He undertook the restoration, keeping the original colour scheme inside and out, and the car is presented in superb condition today.

This motorcar is particularly rare: of 125 examples of the Ghibli Spyder produced between April 1969 and May 1972, just 37 were given the 4.9-litre engine with manual gearbox. The number built to European specification is even lower, around fifteen, making this chance to buy one of the most iconic road-going Maserati cars unmissable.