Maserati Ghibli swoją nazwę zawdzięczało gorącemu wiatrowi Sahary. Design pracowni Ghia miesza się tu z mechaniką Giulio Alfieri, wykorzystującą najlepsze zdobycze ówczesnej techniki. Szczególnie zdumiewające jest w wersji Ghibli SS, ze swoimi 355 KM i pojemnością 4,9 litra, kipiące mocą, lecz przyjazne dla kierowcy. Produkcja tego wspaniałego modelu zakończyła się 1972 roku z wynikiem 1280 egzemplarzy. Wystawiony na aukcję okaz renowację przeszedł na początku lat 90-tych. Wciąż wygląda znakomicie i posiada „matching numbers”, choć niesamowity kolor nadwozia Rosso Cordoba nie jest oryginalny. Wóz wyceniony został na ok. 220-260 tys. funtów, a sprzedany za 203100 GBP.
Bardzo ceniony na rynku, angielski dom aukcyjny Bonhams, 4 grudnia przeprowadzi aukcję, której przedmiotem będą ciekawe samochody klasyczne oraz klika nowszych perełek. Aukcja otrzymała nazwę „The Bond Street Sale”, od głównej ulicy handlowej zachodniego Londynu. Wybraliśmy klika ciekawych okazów, których opisy możecie zobaczyć na naszej stronie.
1971 MASERATI GHIBLI SS 4.9-LITRE COUPÉ
£220,000 – 260,000
PLN 1,200,000 – 1,400,000
THE BOND STREET SALE
LONDON, NEW BOND STREET
1971 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9-Litre Coupé
Chassis no. AM115/49.1956
*Delivered new in Italy
*Restored by Bill McGrath in the early 1990s
The Ghibli was Maserati’s first supercar. Launched in 1966 and named after a hot wind blowing across the Sahara Desert, the Ghibli was styled was by the young Giorgetto Giugiaro, then working at Ghia, while the mechanical design was the work of Maserati’s chief engineer, Giulio Alfieri.
Featuring a dry-sump version of Maserati’s quad-cam V8 engine, necessary to squeeze the engine under the low bonnet line, Alfieri used a 4.7-litre version initially but from 1970 a 4.9-litre version became available, known as the 'SS' and producing 335bhp at 5,500rpm. For the running gear, Alfieri used his experience to choose the best of proprietary parts: five-speed gearboxes and power steering from ZF; double wishbone front suspension from Alford & Alder; and a Salisbury live axle at the rear.
The Ghibli was an immediate success, especially in Maserati’s largest market, the USA, where it became the 'must have' car for the rich and famous of the late 1960s, gaining a reputation for being not only a car to arrive in, but a great drive as well. Performance was astounding, with a 166mph maximum speed, but at the same time effortless and civilised compared to most supercars.
Ghibli production ended in 1972 after 1,280 examples had been built. This example, a 4.9-litre SS version, was delivered new in Rome in April 1971, having been ordered by a Sig. Basquini through Maserati’s flagship dealership, Autosport in Bologna. Obviously an extrovert, Basquini specified a particularly lurid shade of metallic green with a white Connolly hide interior.
Later in its life the car found its way to Germany, but its most interesting history has been with the current owner, President of the UK Maserati Club, Alexander Fyshe, who bought the car in 1989 to add to his collection. Having always wanted a Ghibli, Alex immediately knew that this matching-numbers example was a long-term car, and commissioned a restoration with marque specialists, McGrath Maserati.
Appreciating the need for the highest quality and attention to detail, Prestige Restorations was chosen as the bodywork partner, and the car spent the next four years in restoration. Alex specified his personal choice of Rosso Cordoba exterior paint and a new Connolly leather interior in Crema. The engine, though, has never been rebuilt, while the sensible provision of inertia-reel seat belts is the only notified deviation from factory specification.
On completion, the Ghibli debuted in 1993 at the Silverstone Festival where it won the Maserati Club Annual Concours. This would be the first of many concours trophies the car would win, as it was widely acknowledged as one of the very best. The Ghibli would also feature in various magazines and books, including 'Maserati Heritage' by Sparrow/Ayre and even Quentin Willson’s 'Cool Cars'!
However, Alexander fully intended to use the car and each year would take it on the Maserati International Rally, visiting Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and, of course, Italy on numerous occasions over the course of the next 20 years, proving that it always drove as well as it looked.
The quality of the restoration was such that even today the car still looks magnificent and has the reputation of 'the one to beat'. Maintained throughout by Bill McGrath and offered with a new MoT, it has seen less use in recent years, making its last public appearance at the Maserati gathering for the centenary at Silverstone in 2014. Rarely does a Maserati of this quality and reputation come to the market.
Accompanying documentation consists of the restoration invoices, MoT to November 2017, and a UK V5C registration document. (It should be noted that the current cherished registration is being retained).