Maserati needs no introduction. Already a legendary racing marque before the war, the company turned to the limited production of sports cars for the road in the 1950’s. These proved to be highly successful, and manufacture continued throughout the 1960’s with the company taking credit for some of the most potent and luxurious cars of the era. None upheld this great tradition better than the magnificent Ghibli.
The model made its debut at the 1966 Turin Show, where it was received with rapturous acclaim. Over the preceding few years Maserati had tended towards slightly more refined and placid designs and so, like the wind from which it drew its name, the Ghibli came as a breath of fresh air. An American magazine in 1968 said of it, ‘The Ghibli is by far Maserati’s greatest contribution to the automotive world in the past 20 years. Its appearance alone gives one a feeling of opulence.’
1969 saw the appearance of a beautiful Spyder derivative, whilst in 1970 a 4.9 litre version, offering increased speed and power (partially in response to the opposition from Ferrari’s new Daytona) was introduced under the name ‘Ghibli SS’. In this, its most desirable guise, the Ghibli reinforced its solid position on the market until its untimely demise. In total 1,149 coupés and 125 Spyders were built, of which only a small proportion were of the SS variety.
Delivered new to France, this matching numbers example presented in wonderful Rosso-Rubino and sumptuous leather interior benefitted from an extensive restoration in the late 1990’s. In 2007 the car was sold by Poulain Le Fur in Paris, before being bought be the current vendor from French restorer, Carosserie Lecoq. The car received a full service before purchase including replacing all filters and seals, a new waterpump, new exhaust and a Becker radio was also fitted. Described to be in excellent condition throughout, this Ghibli with the desirable 4.9 litre engine is a very fine example of the marque and worthy of close attention.