1971 MASERATI GHIBLI 4.9 LITRE SS COUPÉ
Chassis No. AM115/49 - 2248
Engine No. SS 3556
Pino Verde Metallizato with black leather interior
Engine: V8, twin overhead camshafts, 4,930cc, 355bhp 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 disc. Left hand drive.
By the time this 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 3,500cc six and the 4,719cc 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 coupé up to 138mph at the driver's command. First introduced at the Turin Auto Show in late 1966 as a two door two seater coupé, 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 very capable tubular, boxed, stiff, steel chassis andits well-proven independent front and live rear axle suspension layout.
Weighing only 3,000 lbs, nearly 1,000 lbs less than the Mexico, the car was clad with a sensationally exotic bodyshell of great elegance designed by Giugiaro and built by Ghia. With the introduction of the Ghibli, Modena became a three car town as Ferrari and Lamborghini were faced with additional competition for the first time in many years. Late in production a revision came with an increased stroke providing 211cc more, bringing the engine size to 4.93 litres, and gaining the designation 'SS'. Visually the most identifying feature of the model was the addition of turn signals to the side of the bodywork front and rear. 1971 had also seen the nose of the car be redesigned. The altogether pleasing Maserati Ghibli became a mainstay of Italian design until 1972 when series production was abruptly ended.
Chassis number AM115/49 2248 is a particularly original car, having had only two prior owners to the current vendor. Sold new through Etablissements Thépenier of quai Carnot, Saint Cloud, its original purchaser was a Dr. Polony, who kept the Maserati until 1985 when it passed to the former owner, selling to the current collector in 2002. Through this uncomplicated ownership chain, just over 50,000 kilometers only have been covered.
In the last three years work carried on the car has amounted to simple maintenance which has included a major service, rebuild of its starter motor and replacement of the windscreen a correct unit being sourced and fitted by TDH Classics (Terry Hoyle). The wheels have been refurbished and new tires fitted. Garaged in the UK, the car has currently been road certificated (MoT).
Resplendent in its original livery of Pino Verde Metallizato, this shows only minor signs of age, most notably on the nose of the hood, but otherwise presents well. A subtle period colour scheme, the car retains original features such as Maserati/Autovox stereo, and has a tool roll and jack.