1971 Maserati Ghibli Coupé SSSOLD
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Estimate: €70,000-90,000

Sold: €57,000

Maserati needs no introduction. Already a legendary racing marque before the war, the company turned to the limited production of sports cars for the road in the 1950s. These proved to be highly successful, and manufacture continued throughout the '60s with the company taking credit for some of the most potent and luxurious cars of the era. None upheld this great tradition better than the magnificent Ghibli.

Introduced to an enthusiastic public at the Turin Show of 1966, the Ghibli broke with the recent Maserati tradition for conservative designs, instead displaying dramatic, purposeful lines, drawn by none other than Giorgietto Giugiaro whilst still at Ghia's design studio. Under the bonnet was Maserati's magnificent all alloy 4.7 litre four camshaft V8 engine, derived from the company's sports racing car power plants and mated to a five speed gearbox. Claimed top speed was a not inconsiderable 174mph! At the car's launch in 1966 its competitors were Ferrari's also new 275 GTB and Lamborghini's 400GT. The Ghibli was highly acclaimed, enjoying glowing praise from motoring journalists of the time, a fact not lost on collectors today, with whom the model has become one of Maseratis most sought-after road cars, combining stunning looks and towering performance.

This beautiful example, appropriately finished in red with a black leather interior, is one of the SS versions, the most desirable of all the Ghibli models. Having benefited from a sympathetic restoration, the vendor informs us that the car is in very good condition in every respect. In its latest edition the Italian specialist magazine Ruote Classiche compares the Ghibli favourably with the Ferrari Daytona, and this high speed cruiser surely must be worth a third of the value of a DaytonaÉ. Offered with Italian registration documents.

Reference Number 14188

as of 10/13/2007

Car 1971 Maserati Ghibli Coupé SS
VIN 2432