1970 Maserati  Ghibli 4.7 Coupe <br /> Chassis no. AM115.1568 <br />Engine no. AM115.1568

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Lot 54
1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Coupe
Coachwork by Ghia

Sold for US$ 179,200 inc. premium
1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Coupe
Coachwork by Ghia

Chassis no. AM115.1568
Engine no. AM115.1568

4,719cc DOHC V8 Engine
4 Weber Carburetors
330bhp at 5,500rpm
5-Speed Manual ZF Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Desirable factory 5-speed ZF gearbox and matching-numbers engine
*Presented in its factory original livery of Blue Sera over light brown
*US-market example believed to have been delivered new to California
*Era-evoking Giorgetto Giugiaro design



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 This was used in 4.7-liter form up to 1970 when it was superseded by the 4.9-liter SS version in order to meet ever more stringent emission laws.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 over 50 years ago.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This stunning Maserati Ghibli 4.7-Liter Coupe stands out as a beautifully presented example. Completed at Maserati's Modena workshops in December of 1970, this late-production Ghibli, chassis no. AM115.1568, was built as a left-hand drive Coupe, fitted with the desirable ZF 5-speed manual gearbox, and destined for the North American market. The new Ghibli had been special ordered in November of 1970, and was finished as it appears today, in the elegant Blue Sera exterior color over a white leather interior. The new Ghibli Coupe was optioned with Borrani wire wheels, power steering and brakes, and AM/FM radio.

Ghibli AM115.1568 was delivered new to Hillsborough, California, where it is recorded in the Ghibli Registry to have resided for at least four decades. A comprehensive restoration was performed in the last decade, where both mechanical and cosmetic aspects of the car was attended to. Today the Ghibli looks stunning in its factor-correct color and with its matching-numbers engine in place. Alloy wheels are fitted shod on Michelin XWX tires, and inside a wood rimed steering wheel, correct Veglia gauges and the factory Becker Europa radio greets one with a flair of authenticity.

These powerful and sharp-looking Giorgetto Giugiaro designed GT's are among the most desirable cars ever produced by the legendary Modena-based Maserati company and remain highly collectible today now that Maserati has brought back the Ghibli namesake to their model range. This smart, beautifully restored Ghibli, with its factory 5-speed ZF manual transmission and striking color combination, truly makes an appearance wherever it goes. A great example for high-speed rallies such as the Copperstate 1000, this Ghibli 4.7-Liter Coupe is ready for its next owner.


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