<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036

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1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS

Sold for US$ 159,040 inc. premium
1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS
Coachwork by Ghia

Chassis no. AM115492036

4,930cc DOHC V8 Engine
4 Weber Carburetors
330bhp at 5,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Fully documented ownership history
*Less than 23,000 miles from new
*Handsome color combination
*Documented service history


THE MASERATI GHIBLI

A strong contender for the "most handsome car of the 1960s" title, Maserati's Ghibli debuted in coupe form at the Turin Motor Show in November 1966. Styled at Carrozzeria Ghia by Giorgetto Giugiaro and named after a Sahara Desert wind, the Ghibli rivaled the Ferrari Daytona for straight-line performance - its top speed was close to 275km/h (170mph) - while beating it for price. More than 4.5m long and 1.8m 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.

Dry-sump lubrication enabled the engine to be mounted deep in the chassis, permitting a low bonnet line, while limited suspension travel ensured that the tires did not foul the wheel arches. The roofline fell away from the top of the steeply raked windscreen to the chopped-off tail, Giugiaro thus achieving a cabin lower than that of almost all the Ghibli's contemporaries, albeit one with restricted headroom for rear passengers.

Like the contemporary Mexico 2+2, the Ghibli used a shortened version of the Quattroporte saloon's tubular steel chassis in its live rear axle form. In preference to the more complex suspension designs favored by its rivals, the Ghibli used leaf springs and a single locating arm, a much more easily maintained arrangement.

The power unit was Maserati's powerful, four-cam, 90-degree V8, an engine derived from that of the 450S sports racer and first seen in road-going guise in the 5000GT. This was used in 4.7-liter form up to 1970 when it was superseded by the 4.9-liter SS version in order to meet ever more stringent emission laws. The gain in horsepower was minimal, but in either case performance was stunning, with 160km/h (100mph) attainable in under 16 seconds. This neck-snapping acceleration resulted from the V8's enormous torque, which made the Ghibli one of the most flexible and easy-to-drive GTs of its era. One of the most stunning sports cars ever made, the Ghibli was a worthy rival for the Ferrari Daytona and represents exceptional value for money today, just as it did 40 years ago.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The Maserati Ghibli SS offered here is beautifully finished in Tobacco Metalizzato with Senape mustard yellow leather interior. Only 425 Ghibli SS coupes were built and less than a handful were finished in this fabulous color. Built in March of 1971, this Ghibli was ordered new by Mrs. Nancy A Haywood of New York, being ordered as a US spec car destined for a European delivery with Italian "EE2968" license plates.

Equipped with a 335hp 4.9 V8 and 5-speed manual transmission, this car was fitted new with European exhaust manifolds, air conditioning and Borrani wire wheels from the factory. The car was registered in Switzerland and lived in the South of France until 1980 when Mrs. Hywood imported her Ghibli to the USA where it would be registered in North Carolina. The import documents and service booklet associated with the cars move to the US and early service history are included in the sale.

In March 2004 the car was then purchased by a Maserati expert, Mr. Ivan Ruiz with only 18,900 miles on the odometer where he offered the car privately to a client who purchased it to include in his Los Angeles collection. Fast Cars Ltd. Regularly serviced the car during its ownership in Los Angeles. The Ghibli was then sold to its current owner in 2017. The car is being offered today with less than 23,000 miles from new.

Today, this Maserati Ghibli SS present respectably in restored condition, retaining the same presence it had nearly 50 years ago when the model was released. The interior shows very little use since the car was restored, accenting the dramatic design of the dash and center console. The paint and body appear in good condition, although some wear can be found throughout, consistent with regular road use.

One of the most Iconic GT cars of the 20th century, the Maserati Ghibli offers stellar V8 performance and classically proportioned styling. A finely preserved example like the one presented before you will find itself comfortable presented on the lawns of shows across the country and equally blitzing hundreds of miles of interstate.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, this vehicle is without the import papers as mentioned in the catalog. Also note, this vehicle is offered without a reserve and the title will be in transit.
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<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
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<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
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<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
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<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
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<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
<b>1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS</b><br />Chassis no. AM115492036
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