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Lot 226: Maserati Ghibli Spyder

The Monaco Sale, Bonhams (11 May 2012)

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.

Lot Details
Auction The Monaco Sale
Bonhams, Monaco
TypeCar
Lot Number226
Estimate€245000-€325000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1969
Condition rating1
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Mileage-
Chassis numberAM115/S 1017
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Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2