Maserati aficionado, collector, restorer, and acknowledged 'Car Nut', Ivan Ruiz, has very kindly given me permission to publish his photos of three classic Maseratis that he has currently for sale.
The Maserati Ghibli by Ivan Ruiz
Designed by a young Giorgetto Giugiaro while at Carrozzeria Ghia, the Ghibli has been referred by some as the most beautiful sports/GT car of all times.
Even if you do not agree with that strong of a statement, there is no denying the Ghibli is certainly a very striking and handsome car whose timeless
design has aged very well. The Ghibli was named after a hot, dry wind blowing over the Sahara.
Powered initially by a dry sump 4.7 liter V8 it was later upgraded to 4.9 liter. The 4.9 liter cars can be identified by their "SS" designation. The Ghibli SS also has a "49" designation within the serial number: e.g. AM115/49*1788*.
The exterior styling is equally matched by a gorgeous interior. The Ghibli interior is quite spacious and can easily accommodate tall drivers. One famous
Ghibli owner was basketball star Wilt Chamberlain.
In 1969, primarily after demands from the US importers, a spyder version of the Ghibli was introduced. The proportions of the car viewed from any
angle can only be described as perfect! A beautiful removable hardtop was offered, but only between 25 to 40 cars were shipped with this option.
Spyders that were originally equipped with the hard top will have two chrome plugs covering the rear anchoring points for the top. In the late 80's
several Ghibli coupes were converted to spyders, so make sure to check serial numbers when making a purchase. All spyders had a odd ending serial
number (same number and chassis and engine), also many have an "S" designation in the serial number, example AM115S*1181*, although there are
quite a few cars without this designation.
Although the factory never classified the Ghiblis in two series, there are many differences between the early cars (1967 to early 1969) and late cars (late
1969 to 1973). This was an evolutionary process so expect to find some late features on an early car and vice versa. All Ghiblis had air conditioner and
many post 1969 cars have power steering. The earlier cars had true knock off wheels while later cars have bolt on wheels. At least 5 different wheel
types were offered; early cars were either Borrani wires or Campagnolo solid with true knock offs. Later cars were offered with Borrani bolt on wires
and either the bolt on Campagnolo star burst with "fake" knock off covering the bolts (later used on the Khamsin) or a Campnologo wheel, similar to the
Indy,. Some Ghibli were equipped with automatic transmission, especially on the spyders, which was a rather sluggish unit and should be avoided.
The late cars have rocker switches to comply to US regulations. Somehow the US government felt the pointy toggle switches were dangerous during an
accident! The toggles are more reliable and personally I find them more attractive. The rocker switches tend to be more troublesome (electrically they
are rather weak and the plastic chrome tends to break) and the late turn signal switch is definitely problematic and very expensive (the early car turn
signals seldom break).
Weber 42CDNF carburettors were adopted on the later cars, as was a single brake booster, plus improved cooling fans. The late cars tend to be better sorted and are therefore more desirable. Still, do not rule out an early car. A good well sorted early Ghibli can be a joy to own. The challenge is to find a Ghibli that is well sorted out. No matter if it is an early or late car. Having owned and driven several 4.7 and 4.9 "SS" cars, I can say there is not that big of a difference. My recommendation is to look for a good solid car. One that runs and drives the way it should and shows signs of having been "loved" by its previous owners. Do not worry too much of it not being a "SS" example, it is just a bunch of hype from people that do not know these cars!
The Ghibli has been compared many times with the Ferrari Daytona. Both have similar dimensions, were offered at the same time and had similar list
prices when new. While the Daytona will outperform the Ghibli, the Ghibli will "out drive" the Daytona. You can easily drive a Ghibli in comfort on long
trips and it will behave very docile around town. On several occasion I have taken a Ghibli Spyder on 12 hour trips and during the 2000 MaserMiglia, it
clocked 1,500 miles in 3 days going over the mountains of the continental divide and crossing the desert with an outside temperature of 110°F. The Ghibli never overheated or broke down .... and at the end of the trip by body did not feel like I was just run over by a truck! How many Daytona owners
would dare make that trip?
Currently, the Ghibli, especially the 4.7 coupes, are a bargain, but prices are starting to inch upwards.
A total of 1,149 Coupes were produced and 125 Spyders (25 Spyders were "SS" versions).
This Maserati Ghibli (#AM115*1508*) by Ivan Ruiz
This particular car is a very nice 1970 Maserati Ghibli in burgundy with black leather interior. It is fitted with the 4.7 liter engine, 5-speed ZF gearbox,
late style wheels, late style engine cylinder heads, late style interior, quad exhaust, AC, Becker radio. Engine number matches the VIN number.
The paint, chrome and glass are quite nice. The interior is mostly original with the exception of the seats which were nicely redone in black leather to
match the rest of the interior. The headliner is in very good condition. Rear seat cushions are included. Overall the interior looks very nice.
Undercarriage is excellent with no signs of rust or prior accidents.
Mechanically this car is VERY nice!. It runs and idles flawlessly and revs up without hesitation.There are receipts for over $32,000 spent between
2000 and 2002. This included cylinder head rebuilt, new stainless steel euro headers, AC work, carbs rebuilt, cooling system, brakes, and much
more. The work was done by a well known Maserati mechanic. Copies of the receipts can be downloaded here.
These cars sound fantastic with the quad exhaust! This is the third Ghibli I have owned with the quad exhaust and it really transforms the driving
experience. The euro exhaust manifold, which this car has, is also is a great improvement as the USA manifolds were somewhat restrictive.
All the gauges, including the clock, are in working order. Tires are Pirelli P4000 Super Touring in very nice condition. Clutch and gearbox are working
properly. Car comes with original owner's manuals, receipts, tools and jack.
If you are not very familiar with Ghiblis, click here for a description of this Maserati model.
You can send me an e-mail if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Price: US $95,000
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