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.
One of only eight right hand drive cars, this beautiful 1972 Maserati Ghibli SS Coupe was supplied new to the UK and was housed in a private collection for over twenty years.
Dated 20th January 1972, the original order from Maserati of Modena confirmed this Ghibli SS was ordered via importer Citroen Cars Ltd. of Slough and was specified right hand drive with options of power steering, radio and two fog-lights. The car was finished in Rosso Fucco with Pelle Nera (black leather).
The original buff log book that accompanies the car confirms the Maserati was first registered (BTV 11K) on the 12th April 1972 and was supplied via Bristol Street Motors, Nottingham to a Mr Malcolm Stephenson of East Ayton near Scarborough, Yorkshire on the 12th May. Mr Stephenson owned the car until May 1976 when it was acquired by Lingdale Garage in Saltburn before being purchased on the 10th November 1982 by David Rhodes of Gatley near Cheadle in Cheshire.
By now registered 6 TPE, on the 12th April 1988, the Ghibli became part of a well-known British collection where it remained for over 20 years.
During this period the car underwent a full restoration, being stripped to bare metal and repaired and re-painted in the current Blue Chiaro by noted Ferrari and Classic Car Coachbuilders Leslie Monk and Son. All mechanical and suspension parts were removed and were reconditioned or replaced where necessary, bright-work was re-chromed or replaced, the interior was refurbished along with new carpets and the engine and gearbox were stripped and rebuilt.
The wheels were refurbished and new Michelin tyres fitted along with a new stainless steel exhaust system. Mechanics were undertaken by Graham Schultz of Modena Engineering with work being completed around 1996.
The car was then displayed in the private museum collection until 2011 when Mr Wade sold the car and retained the registration 6 TPE so the Ghibli was re-registered to its current registration; BRJ 113K.
The car was then assessed ahead of re-commissioning by Maserati specialists R & D Automotive of Manchester who confirmed the restoration was to a very high standard with the engine showing excellent compression.
With just 2 subsequent owners, this SS has since taken part in several classic car events including the Goodwood Revival and last years’ Royal Concours at Holyrood, Edinburgh. The car remains in excellent condition which reflects the quality of the previous restoration and comes complete with its original buff log book, Maserati certificate of origin and a generous history file.