1968/6 Maserati Ghibli Coupé Tipo AM115 Series ISOLD

MASERATI GHIBLI 4.7 COUPE SERIE I TIPO AM115

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MASERATI GHIBLI 4.7 l COUPE. (AM115)
Rare Ghibli 4700 1.Series with central lock wheels and long trunk lid, Euro version supplied new to Belgium, later in the Netherlands, very low mileage, original interior and mechanical. VIN XXX with matching engine, the Ghibli is available near Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The vendor reports that the car has been meticulously cared for over the last seven years and has been garage kept, regularly serviced, and in the same ownership since 2001. The paintwork is in near-concours condition, as is the interior; engine is completely rebuilt and run 5.500 kilometers since. The engine is equipped with electronic ignition. Mechanically, this Ghibli is reported to run and drive as expected. This is truly one of the most useable, affordable and sexy Italian supercars of the period, and there are few cars that compare.
The Ghibli pictured here seemed to be a well cared for example. There are no indications of a serious incident. Paint is good, panel fit is good, and interior is original and showing some light wear. Given some recent developments in the market, the new owner could be in good shape when it comes time to sell.
The car for sale is finished in Navy blue with Tan leather. It is fitted with the expensive power-steering option, and is in excellent original condition, absolutely complete spare wheel. It is in very good working order, with no hidden issue, or rust. This car is the early "original version" without rear and front bumpers, and more beautiful than later ones.
It is an example that we recommend, for its integrity and authentic original condition, much better than "shiny" restored cars with alterations from original authenticity, and on which sometimes the restoration work is concealing a mediocre maintenance history.
With hardly a thousand of examples made - 1147 berlinettas, and 125 (factory) spiders, it is under-valued on the market, and therefore an excellent opportunity. In the context of the raising of prices of traditional Ferrari and Lamborghini, Maserati of the Fifties to 70 receive and increasing interest of the collectors and enthusiasts. It is however necessary to choose a car which received an excellent maintenance.
First presented by Ghia on their stand at the 1964 Torino Motor Show, the design of the Ghibli is by Giorgetto Giugiaro who had just left Bertone. The production car was ready in 1966. This Maserati was the rival of the Ferrari Daytona. In style as well as in performance it was a serious challenger, a prestigious Gran Turismo with even more luxury than the Daytona - a Maserati tradition - and it was sold at a higher price than the Ferrari. Giorgio Giugiaro penned the striking lines for Maserati’s Ghibli. Sporting a quad-cam V8 making 335 hp, the car was well received by the press and the public, and in retrospect, was the high-water mark for Maserati. For the collector, the Ghibli is a highly affordable, useable and attractive example of Italy’s best work in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The Maserati Ghibli is built on a tubular frame, derived from that of the 2+2 Mexico (shortened and reinforced). The first series with 4,7 V8 liters engine with dry sump, were produced from 1966 to 1969, whilst the following version, the 4,9-liter SS was manufactured between 1969 and 1973.
In both versions, the Ghibli represents the very best that the cream of the engineers and craftsmen of the period could do. On must remember that this V8 engine is directly derived from the fabulous engine of the mythical 450 S (1956-57), the fastest and most powerful sports cars of their time, and also used for the Type 151 which disputed the 24 H of Le Mans. The Ghibli is arguably the best road-legal Maserati, with the Bora.
The differences between the 4,7 and 4,9 versions, beyond the displacement, and hardly ten additional HP, are racing-style center nut for the wheels wheels fitted on the first series, today more sought-after, and some details of the interior. In particular the old Lucas switches on the 4.7, replaced the 4,9 by rocker-switches imposed by safety - but less distinctive.
Years produced 1967 – 1973
Numbers produced 1.149
Original list price $ 21.720 (1972)
Giugiaro was a young, bold designer at Ghia when he conceived what some have called the most beautiful car of the post-war era. Built on a conventional chassis with front-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive, the Ghibli has great proportions. It’s only 46 inches high, making headroom scarce, but the interior is spacious. Rather than space-robbing independent rear suspension, a solid rear axle means the trunk has adequate cargo room, and it is accessible from both inside and out, giving the Ghibli high utility as a grand tourer.
Its DOHC V8, fitted with four downdraft Webers, evolved from the formidable Tipo 450S sports racing engine of the mid-’50s. Four chain-driven overhead cams obviate the maintenance anxiety of later belt-driven cams and their need for frequent changing. Heavy at over 3,900 pounds due to its steel body, the Ghibli still has respectable performance where it counts with most Americans: 0-60 mph is in the mid-six second range, with the quarter-mile coming in 16 seconds at just over 100 mph. That’s what 350-plus ft-lbs of torque from 5 liters of displacement will do for you.
The Maserati brand has been under Ferrari’s wing for a few years now, and as Ferrari events have opened up to Masers, Maserati prices across the board are showing upward movement after years of stagnation.

Reference Number 16290

as of 12/4/2007

Overview
Car 1968/6 Maserati Ghibli Coupé Tipo AM115 Series I
Exterior / Interior Color      Dark Blue /      Beige 
Condition Very Good 
Mileage 53.260 km 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Electronics: Power Windows
Interior: Leather interior, Leather steering wheel 
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