Take a deep breath – the first Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS ever produced has just been offered for sale and the stylish Italian is causing quite a stir…
Whenever there’s a discussion surrounding Italian automobiles from around the 60s and 70s, three desirables will always be the centre of attraction; namely the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, desirable Lamborghini Miura and impressive Maserati Ghibli.
While the Ghibli made its debut two years before the Daytona, this particular example styled at Carrozzeria Ghia by Giorgetto Giugiaro and named after a wind in the Sahara Desert, had already been delivered to the USA and approved in November 1968 and, therefore, predates the pre-series or one-off production before the official debut in the following year 1969.
This was a car that not only rivalled the feisty Daytona for straight-line performance with a top speed close to 170mph, it stood head and shoulders above most things in the style department too. A bonnet that needed binoculars to see beyond merged with a perfectly sloped roofline, overshadowed only by a wide-mouth grille and Maserati’s proudly displayed logo at the front of the vehicle.
Strangely, the vehicle being offered has the interior of the 4.7 installed in the factory, but the technology and power plant of a 1968 4.9 SS are evident and accompanied by Maserati factory documents, certificate, letter and other paraphernalia.
The car was chosen, ordered new and registered for the first time by a certain Mr David Stevens, son of the company’s founder Excalibur Automobile Corp. / Brook Stevens Design (USA)… the Maserati remained in the family museum Brooks-Stevens-Museum for many decades and only surfaced in Germany around 2010.
The vehicle had a mileage speedometer with 13,500 miles (approx. 21,700km) installed, which was converted to a KM speedometer. The KM speedometer started at zero and has now run 14,800km in 10 years. This results in a presumably original total mileage of 36,500km. The vehicle is currently in second ownership.
Offered by Germany’s Koch Klassick, the Ghibli has stood the test of time and is still considered to be one of the most attractive Maseratis ever built.
Images courtesy of Koch Klassick
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