1969/70 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spider
Lot 226
Delivered new to France,1969 Maserati Ghibli Spyder Chassis no. AM115/S 1017
€330,000 - 380,000
US$ 410,000 - 470,000
amended

Lot Details
1969/70 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spider 1969/70 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spider 1969/70 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spider 1969/70 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spider 1969/70 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spider 1969/70 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spider
Delivered new to France
1969 Maserati Ghibli Spyder
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Ghia

Chassis no. AM115/S 1017
A strong contender for the 'most handsome car of the 1960s' title, Maserati's sensational Ghibli debuted at the Turin Motor Show in November 1966. Styled at Ghia by Giorgetto Giugiaro and named after a Sahara Desert wind, the Ghibli rivalled the Ferrari Daytona for straight-line performance - its top speed was close to 275km/h - while beating it for price and - arguably - looks. More than fifteen feet long and nearly six feet (two metres) wide, the Ghibli occupied an inordinate amount of space for a mere two-seater but perhaps the most startling aspect of its appearance was the height, or rather the lack of it.
The Ghibli used a tubular steel chassis featuring independent front suspension and a leaf-sprung live rear axle with single locating arm. The power unit was Maserati's venerable four-cam, 90-degree V8, an engine derived from that of the 450S sportscar and first seen in road-going guise in the 5000GT. This was used in dry-sump, 4.7-litre form up to 1970. Power and performance was stunning, with 160km/h attainable in under 16 seconds.
Even more sensational was the handsome Ghibli Spyder, launched in 1969 and the direct rival of the Ferrari Daytona Spyder. Giugiaro's styling for an open-top Ghibli was arguably more successful than the original coupé and is regarded as a classic of sports car design. Ghibli production ended in 1973 after 1,149 coupés and only 125 Spyders had been built.
Chassis number 'AM115/S 1017' is believed the only Ghibli spyder brought to France by the official French Maserati importer, Thépenier. A 4.7-litre European specification model from new, fitted with the desirable ZF five-speed manual gearbox, the car was delivered in March of that year finished in Celeste Chiaro (106 A 20) with black leather interior (PAC 1560), without a hardtop and was first owned and registered in August by Mr André Langlois. Its second owner, Mr Michel Poncin, kept the Maserati from 1976 to 2012. In 1979 the car underwent a complete mechanical refurbishment at Maserati Milano (Garage Basso). Showing 65,000 kilometres at that time, the odometer was zeroed and currently displays a total of 20,000, making the distance travelled from new circa 85,000 kilometres. A measure of its enduring quality is the fact that the Maserati was invited to the prestigious Cartier 'Style et Luxe' Concours d'Élegance at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed where it was much admired. French registered, the car is offered with sundry invoices relating to the late-1970s restoration as well as a major service by Kipke Automobile at a cost of over €10,000 in July 2011. An opportunity to acquire a rare and very desirable European Ghibli in its original colour scheme with excellent original interior, matching numbers and ready to be enjoyed this summer.

Chef-d'œuvre signé Giugiaro chez Ghia, la Maserati Ghibli décliné en cabriolet est un sommet d'estéhtique automobile. Le châssis AM115/S 1017 aurait été le seul spyder Ghibli officiellement vendu en France par Thépenier, équipé d'un moteur 4,7 litres et d'une boîte manuelle ZF à cinq rapports. Son deuxième propriétaire l'a conservée de 1976 à 2012. En 1979, elle fut totalement restaurée en mécanique à Milan, depuis elle a été invitée à Goodwood au concours d'élégance Cartier de 2009. Immatriculée en France, la voiture dans ses teintes d'origine – bleu ciel et cuir noir – avec son moteur d'origine est offerte avec ses factures de restauration ainsi que celle d'un entretien important de juillet 2011. Une rarissime opportunité d'acquérir un spyder Ghibli d'origine française !

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the estimate in the printed catalogue is incorrect, it should read : €330,000/380,000 Veuillez noter que l'estimation imprimée dans le catalogue est incorrecte, il aurait du être écrit : €330,000/380,000
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first €50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from €50,001 to €1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over €1,000,000 of the Hammer Price

TVA at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Nicholas Biebuyck
    Specialist - Watches
    Bonhams
    Work
    Suite 2001, One Pacific Place
    Hong Kong
    Work +852 2918 4321
    FaxFax: +852 2918 4320
  2. Toby Wilson
    Specialist - Automobilia
    Bonhams
    Work
    Unit 1, Sovereign Park
    London, United Kingdom NW10 7QP
    Work +44 20 8963 2842
    FaxFax: +44 20 8963 2802
Similar Items