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 1950s. These proved to be highly successful, and manufacture continued throughout the ‘60s 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. Its convertible top folded under a flush fitting body-colour tonneau cover behind the front seats. A retractable hardtop was available as an option. In total 1,149 coupés and 125 spyders were built.
As original Spyders became scarce, it became popular to look to sound examples of the Coupe model to convert into exacting replicas of the Spyder. This beautiful Ghibli is a left-hand drive European-specification model which has always resided in Europe, mainly in Monaco, the UK, Austria and Germany. The Ghibli was converted sympathetically into a Spyder in period, but pleasingly retained important original features such as the original leather interior.
This very well maintained Spyder is confirmed to be matching numbers and is said to be in excellent mechanical condition and drives extremely well. The bodywork is arrow straight, with perfect panel gaps, beautiful operation of the opening panels and delightful paintwork. The interior leather is equally as nice, and the convertible soft-top is said to be like new.
Offered with Austrian title papers, this is a truly breathtaking sportscar which offers strong investment potential for the future.