Maserati Ghibli SS Spyder

The Maserati Ghibli is unquestionably one of the most attractive sports cars of the 1960s. Its 335 horsepower, 4.9-litre DOHC V-8 could power it to almost 160 mph—appropriate for a car named after the winds that howl out of the Sahara into coastal Libya in the spring and can last for days.

Designed by Giorgetto Giugaro, who was then working at Ghia, the Ghibli coupé swept back from a low, full-width grille with pop-up headlights to a steeply angled windshield and fastback roofline with a Kamm tail. Convertible Spyders featured a disappearing top, and a hardtop was optional. A five-speed ZF manual gearbox was fitted, and a three-speed Borg-Warner automatic transmission was optional. The Ghibli debuted at the 1966 Turin Motor Show and proved to be a tremendous success for Maserati, as it outsold its two biggest rivals, the Ferrari Daytona and Lamborghini Miura.

A total of 1,274 Ghiblis were built between 1966-73, but only 125 were Spyders. Only 25 Spyders were SS models with the larger 4.9-litre engine, and even fewer were right-hand drive.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

335 hp, 4,930 cc DOHC V-8, four Weber 48DCNL carburettors, ZF five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, double wishbones and anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with radius arms, semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,550 mm.

Source: RM Auctions

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