Maserati Ghibli Spyder

The Maserati Ghibli was the hit of the 1966 Turin Italy Automobile show. Designed by the brilliant young Giorgetto Giugiaro while working for Ghia, the Ghibli was conceived to serve the same market as the Lamborghini Miura and the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’. Production of the Ghibli began with a fastback coupé in April 1967, joined by the spyder in 1969. A race-bred, mid-mounted 4,719-cubic centimetre V-8 engine with dry-sump lubrication and two chain-driven camshafts per cylinder bank powered the Ghibli, producing 330 horsepower.

The first of the V-8 Maserati GT cars, the Ghibli could accelerate from 0–60 in 6.8 seconds and topped out at 154 mph—both remarkable figures for that time. It could be ordered with either a five-speed ZF manual transmission or a three-speed Borg-Warner automatic. The car’s tubular frame was derived from those of the Mexico and the Quattroporte sedan. The Ghibli featured disappearing headlamps, leather sport seats, and either alloy wheels or the optional and desirable Borrani wire wheels. Production ultimately totalled 1,149 coupés and only 125 spyders.

Although it was capable of supercar performance levels comparable to the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, the Ghibli is also known for its drivability at low and high speeds, as well as its predictable, balanced, and forgiving handling characteristics, a feature attributable to near-perfect weight distribution and a low centre of gravity. According to a recent road test in Classic & Sports Car magazine, “The truth is, you could learn to drive in this car or you could learn your racing lines in it.”

Part of the RM Auctions event in London, October, 2012.

330 bhp, 4,719 cc DOHC V-8 engine, five-speed manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 100.4 in.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Remco Pronk

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