Like its sisters the Mistral and later the Khamsin, the Ghibli was named after a fierce wind. Unveiled at the 1966 Turin Auto Show, its beautiful flowing lines were penned by Giorgetto 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 foreshadowing the styling of Maseratis to come in the 1970s. Production began in 1967, and the Ghibli quickly proved a worthy competitor against the Ferrari 275 GTB and Lamborghini 400 GT, its chief rivals.
Maserati upped the ante in 1970 with the introduction of the SS model, featuring a 335 hp, 4.9-liter engine with solid-state ignition and four Weber 42 DCNF carburettors. At its release it was the fastest car Maserati had ever produced, with a top speed of 175 mph. In total, just 1,170 coupes and 125 spiders were produced over the production run; it is believed that just 413 Ghiblis were left-hand drive SS 4.9-liter coupes.
The car we are pleased to offer for sale was manufactured in October, 1970 and delivered new to its first owner a Mr. Giuseppe Gambino via Autonautica of Palermo, Italy. The car was specified from new in Blu Sera over a Senape leather interior.
It has recently been treated to a full restoration in the capable hands of Alfaholics. Included in the works was a full bare metal respray in its original shade of Blu Sera and the interior retrimmed in Tan leather. Alfaholics also carried out a full mechanical overhaul to the car ensuring it drives superbly. The history file maintains a large number of photos documenting the entire restoration process.
This original colours, fully restored Ghibli SS would make a fabulous addition to any collection, ideal for enthusiasts of Italian grand tourers. Contact us now for more information or to arrange a viewing.