1971 Maserati Ghibli
Year of manufacture1971
Chassis n° AM115/49/2098
Engine n° AM 115/49/2098
- Originally French
- Masterful styling, powerful engine
- Invoice for recent service
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 a top speed of 270 km/h. Cars capable of such speeds were rare at that time. A pre-oil crisis baby that appeared before the widespread introduction of speed limits, the Ghibli represents carefree times when one could boast without embarrassment of high "average speeds" on the open road.
The car presented here was delivered new in France in this " Rosso Rubino " colour with beige leather interior. It benefitted from a major restoration at the end of the 1990s. In 2007 this Ghibli, presented with the best engine size, was sold at a Poulain-Le Fur auction at the Palais des Congrès. The cost of the restoration was indicated as being over 45 000. The current owner acquired the car from the Carrosserie Lecoq, with permission from the owner at that time, who had sent the car for a new exhaust and a Becker radio to be fitted. The same establishment has carried out a service on the car more recently, in which all the filters and seals were changed, the radiator repaired and the water pump changed (invoice of 5700). The interior of this Ghibli is splendid, with carpets and leather upholstery in immaculate condition. This is a wonderful, well-balanced car for the road. The paintwork is excellent. Enthusiasts will note that it is the same colour as the Ghibli in the film " La Piscine " starring Alain Delon, Romy Schneider and Maurice Ronet, which is one of the reasons that the current owner bought it! The Ghibli in this 4.9-litre SS version has wonderful torque, making this a very agreeable car to drive, and a worthy rival of the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona in terms of performance...if not yet in terms of price...