Lot 342: Maserati Ghibli Coupé
330 bhp, 4,719 cc DOHC V-8 engine, five-speed manual transmission, upper and lower A-arms, coil spring and anti-roll bar front suspension, live axle, radius arms, semi-elliptic leaf spring rear suspension, and front and rear disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,550 mm (100.4) " Nicely restored example showing less than 20,000 kilometres " One of only 1,149 built from 19661973 " 1960s supercar icon with legendary Maserati styling and V-8 performance Like its sister cars, the Mistral and later, the Khamsin, the Ghibli was named after European winds. Maserati's penchant for using such names proved apropos, as the cars proved themselves to be very capable performers in contemporary road tests. Being a small boutique manufacturer, Maserati sourced the Ghibli's tubular chassis with other cars in the company's repertoire, including the Quattroporte sedan and the Mexico coupé. However, it had a gorgeous body all its own. The beautiful lines were penned by Giorgio Giugiaro, then chief designer at Ghia. The styling was long, low and wide, with hidden headlamps and a grille prominently punctuated by the firm's trident emblem. It foreshadowed styling of Maseratis to come in the 1970s and proved a worthy competitor against the Ferrari 275 GTB and the Lamborghini 400 GT. The long hood/short deck proportions were flawless, and the Ghibli looks perfect, even when compared to today's supercars. Fitted with a 4.7 litre version of Maserati's twin cam V-8 in its most powerful form to date; the 330 hp unit came standard with a ZF five-speed manual transmission and four-wheel disc brakes as standard equipment. Contemporary road tests pegged 060 km/h performance under 7.5 seconds. Only 1,149 coupés (and 125 spyders) were produced from 19661973, including this lovely black example with contrasting red leather interior. This Ghibli was purchased by the present Italian collector owner a little over two years ago. Prior to his ownership, it was purchased and comprehensively restored by another Italian from Verona. He bought the car in Rome out of long term ownership and undertook a full, photo-documented restoration. The Ghibli was taken down to bare metal and restored by Italian specialists, with over ¬70,000 invested in the process. Today, the car shows less than 20,000 kilometres, which, given its long-term ownership in Rome and the pre-restoration photos, may very well be correct. Arguably one of the sexiest 1960s exotics, in fully restored condition and in wonderful colours, this Ghibli represents a great deal of car for the money and will delight both its new owner and showgoers alike.
RM Auctions, The Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
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