- 1972 Maserati Ghibli
- Just over 10,000 miles from new
- Extremely rare right-hand drive automatic example
- Extensive engine work also by Bill McGrath
- Subject of an excellent bare metal respray
The Maserati Ghibli was conceived initially by the head of Ghia design at the time, Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1965-66 and the Ghibli made its debut at the 1966 Turin Motor Show as a 2 seater prototype. However, when the car went into production it was marketed as a 2 door 2+2 fastback coupé yet the changes made to the rear seats were nothing but a cushion with no discernible backrest.
The Ghibli is powered by a front-mounted 4,719cc, quad-cam, V8 dry sump engine producing 306bhp and a claimed 0-60 time of 6.8s and an overall top speed of 155mph. This example offered for sale by The Classic Motor Hub, was then affixed to the special order 3-speed automatic gearbox offered by Maserati from factory.
The foundation of the Maserati Ghibli was slightly less exotic than the beautiful, timeless lines of Giugiaro’s pen with the car being powered by the drive train of Quattroporte 4700 however, the chassis become tubular and was stiffened with various types of fabrication. The car made use of a live rear axle on semi-elliptical leaf springs that may not sound particularly impressive but could boast disc-brakes all round. This did not hinder performance, sales figures or even reliability when compared to its competitors in period (Ferrari 275 GTB & Lamborghini 400 GT spring to mind).
The first run of the Ghibli did come to an end in 1973 when the direct replacement of the car was introduced, the Khamsin, which may not have been of the same effortless design as the Ghibli but was admittedly more advanced than the total 1,274 Ghiblis built.
The Maserati Ghibli being offered for sale by The Classic Motor Hub is finished in Graphite Grey with Tobacco hide interior. The example, having spent a large portion of its life in Jersey, has covered just 9,900 miles from delivery in 1972. This car is one of the few fitted with the 3-speed automatic gearbox making it increasingly more collectable. Included in the sale is the car’s exuberant history file containing invoices from marque specialist Bill McGrath as well as photos of the car’s bare metal respray completed in 2010 by a former Aston Martin painter usually employed exclusively by them for special projects. Within the car’s history file is the original Maserati Ghibli ‘Use and Maintenance’ guide which contains fabulous descriptions and diagrams on how best to maintain your very own Ghibli.
This particular Masersti Ghibli is now available for immediate inspection at The Classic Motor Hub.