Bold Ride of the Week: 1970 Maserati Ghibli Spyder
So far, on Bold Ride of the Week, we've featured modern muscle and modern grand touring perfection, but lets take a trip back to the 1970s. The muscle car craze was in full swing in the States, but Europe was exiting the glory days, with designs evolving to things fit for drug kingpins. Still, there were glimmers of hope, like this 1970 Maserati Ghibli Spyder. Honestly, the Ghibli is a product of the Italian automaker's work during the 60s. The car was designed for the 1966 Turin auto show, penned by famous designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. Intended to take on the Lamborghini Mirua and Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, it had the goods to take on world class exotics.
Under the hood was a 4.7-liter quad-cam (two per cylinder bank) V8. The 330 horsepower that this engine made was a feat for its time, and so was the 154-mph top speed! You could have it with a Borg-Warner three-speed automatic, but you know you want this with the ZF five-speed manual.
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Forget the performance, or that they only made 125 Spyders (1,149 coupes), and you are still left with an absolutely stunning car. The car apparently is a dream to drive, but even if it handled like a Radio Flyer red wagon with cinder blocks for wheels, you would still drive it, if only to be seen in it. Some shapes are so beautiful it hurts, and this is one of those shapes.