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, 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.
This beautiful 4.9SS was produced in July 1971, finished in the stunning combination of Blue Sera (Dark Blue) with a Senape (Tan) Leather interior. Sold to the Baker Motor Company of Atlanta, Georgia, the Ghibli spent much of its earlier life in the US before being repatriated into the EU and restored to the condition you see here.
The bodywork of the Ghibli was carefully stripped back, restored and painted back to the correct shade of Blue Sera. The interior benefitted from a re-trim in its original tan leather and the motor was serviced and treated to a new clutch.
A rare example of one of the most iconic GT cars of its time, the SS shows good investment potential whilst being a delight to drive. Our Ghibli is offered with its original build sheet, bill of sale and Maserati Classiche Certificate of Origin.