When discussing the finest Italian automobiles of the late 1960s and early 1970s, three cars top near everyone’s list: the Lamborghini Miura, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, and the Maserati Ghibli. Debuting two years before the Daytona at the 1966 Turin Motor Show.
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 in price.
The long bonnet flowing into a sloped roofline fronted by a wide-mouth grille and the prominently displayed trident emblem, the Ghibli was equal parts aggressive and sensual.
Svelte and sexy, the Ghibli has stood the test of time and remains a gorgeous design even by today’s standards.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
According to the Maserati Classiche build record, this very rare first series Ghibli was completed assembly at Maserati’s Modena workshops in November 1967.
It was built as a Left-Hand-Drive car with the desirable 5-speed manual ZF transmission and was unusually finished in Avorio Santa Anita paint (20Y306) with “Pelle Nera” Black Connolly leather interior (1560).
This beautiful and extremely rare exterior colour of Avorio Santa Anita was available upon request. It seems to be that this is the unique example of Maserati Ghibli ever made with this rare colour.
Confirmed by Maserati Classiche, chassis no. 128 was delivered new by ABC motors of Tacoma, WA, USA and is believed to have remained in California for most of its life.
According to a previous registration, the car in 1999 was sold to the Netherlands before being purchased in 2013 in Italy following a full restoration and technically overhaul in 2014-2015 and remained for six years before being acquired in the Netherlands.
This very early example is recognizable to its double front brake calipers, double thermostate, Drop Down tailgate, Smiths gauges, Marchal headlights, stainless steel trim on the dashboard and Borrani/Campagnolo wheels with central wheel lock.
The car remains in beautiful condition today, and appears to have been well-maintained and preserved since the restoration.
The body is very solid, extremely straight and has a wonderful paint job.
All the panel fittings are like they should be and the undercarriage is impressively nice as well (see pictures)
The car still has her original Matching Numbers engine.
The history file of this lovely Maserati Ghibli includes
– Original Maserati Certificate of Origin
– Original Maserati Classiche Build sheet
– Original Delivery Note
Original Factory Order
The car is furthermore complete with an impressive file full of invoices and a memory stick with lots of restoration pictures.
The interior design of the Ghibli is a beautiful place to spend time in. Black leather upholstery on the seats and interior panels provides a beautiful striking contrast against the light Avorio Santa Anita paintwork.
The leather seats are in a wonderful condition, the dashboard is superbly sprayed and all meters have been completely overhauled and are in a perfect working order.
The carpets are in perfect condition without any damages.
This lovely example of Maserati’s classic Ghibli Coupe offers potent V8 power – controllable with the desirable 5-speed gearbox – all packaged in stunning Giugiaro styling. The car drives great and handles perfect.
It would make an ideal entrant for regional concours d’elegance and Italian car shows or may be appreciated on the open road for the 4.7-liter engine’s smooth torque and muscular performance.
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.