FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF MR. FRANK SINATRA
1972 MASERATI GHIBLI 4.7 LITER COUPE
Chassis No. AM1151564
Silver with black leather interior
Engine: V8, twin overhead camshafts, 4719cc., 330bhp at 5,500rpm; Gearbox: five speed manual; Suspension: upper and lower A-arms with coil springs and anti-roll bar in front with rear radius arms and semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel discs. Left hand drive.
By the time the Maserati Ghibli left the factory in Modena, the company had been successfully building luxury supercars for more than a decade. At the heart of their designs were two outstanding engines: the 3500cc six and the 4719cc V8, both of which had twin overhead camshafts and provided enough power to sweep the six cylinder Sebring and the sumptuous V8 Mexico four seater coupe up to 138mph at the driver's command. First introduced at the Turin Auto Show in late 1966 as a two door, two seater coupe, production of the Tipo 115 Ghibli swiftly came to include a very attractive open spider as well. It was initially developed from the Maserati Mexico and, as a result, shared its tubular, stiff, steel chassis and its well-proven independent front and live rear axle suspension layout.
Weighing only 3000 lbs, nearly 1000 lbs less than the Mexico, the car was clad with a sensationally exotic bodyshell of great elegance designed by Giugiaro and built by Ghia. The altogether pleasing Maserati Ghibli became a mainstay of Italian design until 1972 when series production was abruptly ended, leaving the low production Ghiblis to become highly desirable cars among the discerning drivers of the world.
It may of been the Ghibli's extraordinary Giugiaro shape, or perhaps the well engineered drivetrain and motor that appealed to Mr. Frank Sinatra as he became a Ghibli owner in 1972 when he purchased the silver example on offer here. Mr. Sinatra owned the car until the late 1970s when it was sold to its second owner, a Mr. John Griffith as a gift for his wife. By the end of the 1970s the Ghibli had come into the possession of the current owner who reports that when he first received the car, it had logged less than 12,000 miles and was in immaculate overall condition. Notably, the Ghibli was registered with the trademark license plates Mr. Sinatra's cars were known to have, FAS IV, and it still retains them today.
The vendor reports that the Ghibli is in very good running order and has benefited from routine maintenance and attention. The owner reports driving the car only sparingly, logging less than 8,000 miles in the last 20 years, so total mileage on the car shows just under 19,000, which is believed to be correct. The owner reports that this Ghibli is fitted with round tail lamps as opposed to the standard square rear lights that Ghiblis were delivered with. The origin of this change however is unknown. With its low mileage and spectactular provenance, this 1972 Maserati Ghibli is a rare find and would be an attention getter in any of Frank Sinatra's old haunts, whether it be Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York or Palm Springs.