• Chassis # AM115492278
  • Engine # AM115492278
  • 4.9 Liter V8 Mated To ZF 5-Speed Manual Gearbox
  • A Matching Numbers Example
  • 1 Of Just 425 4.9 Liter Coupes Produced
  • Optional Factory Air-Conditioning

This car is currently located in: Pontiac, MI

The Overview

With production straddling the 1960s and 1970s, the Maserati Ghibli possesses the best traits of both decades. Penned by Giorgetto Giugioro while at Ghia, the design featured the subtle tight curves pioneered during his time working on Alfa Romeos. However, the silhouette foreshadowed what would become the larger trend of the 1970s in the form of his ‘folded paper’ planes of flat surfaces. Holistically the design is a classic grand tourer with its mile-long hood and short rear deck. Today, the Ghibli almost looks understated with its lack of frivolities. 

The soul of any Italian automobile can be traced almost always to the motor lying underneath its hood. The Ghibli is no different. A thumping, growling quad-cam V8 engine lubricated via a dry sump system and fed into a 5-speed ZF transmission is responsible for the job of propelling this Maserati to triple-digit speeds with little hesitation. The example offered here,  AM115492278, bears the distinction of being just one of 425 in SS specification. Introduced in 1969, the SS carried a stroked motor that increased the displacement up to 4.9 Liters. Breathing through four twin-choke Webber carburetors, power was increased to 330hp and made the Ghibli good for roughly 174mph. The Ghibli SS is a real performer, and its sonorous V8 at full song will most certainly satisfy any devotee of speed. 

Remarkably, the example on offer before you has remained under the care of just a single owner since 1988. At that time, the vehicle was listed amongst the curated collection at MIE, the market side of the Maserati Club International who are an invaluable resource for the community in their offering of genuine parts. At a later date, the Ghibli was placed in the hands of Personalized Automotive Services of Kenosha, Wisconsin for a full restoration. 

Years on, the restoration has worn the time with grace and appears as a fine representation of the breed. Finished in the ubiquitous red exterior of most sporting Italian motorcars, this Ghibli possesses only a handful of minor paint blemishes and scuffs one would expect to find after being enjoyed by its owner after a period of time.  Its white leather interior is spectacularly representative of the period in which the car was produced and serves to aid the attractiveness of the overall package. The leather wears its age much in the same way as the exterior. Few signs of wear are to be found on the seats but other elements on the dash and steering column are beginning to reach maturity. Crucially, the vehicle has retained its factory air conditioning system which will drastically increase the usability of the vehicle on warm weather days.   Under the hood, a recent detailing has allowed the motor to show in fine condition. All of the running gear is accounted for, albeit with some components displaying the same level of light aging found on the rest of the vehicle. The worn-in condition of this Maserati makes for an inviting, ready to use grand tourer. Alternatively, the car would be a wonderful starting point for a sympathetic and detailed mild-restoration project. 

While many cars of the period put a premium on pure flash, the Maserati Ghibli stood out from the pack by offering enthusiasts a modernizing of classic principles. Its glorious quad-cam V8 is one of the automotive world’s best, and in SS trim is truly a must-have for anyone who appreciates unbridled speed. Now is a wonderful opportunity to get behind the wheel of a sought-after, and rare Italian classic.

The Details

exterior

body and paint

This Ghibli was the beneficiary of a recent cosmetic refreshing and still presents very nicely. Overall, the paint has excellent color, a nice deep luster, and shows no real swirling. There are a few very minor imperfections around the car such as the approximately 1 inch long cracks on the top outer edge of the headlight areas on both sides. The A-pillar on the passenger side has a small split in the paint, there is a small scratch on the passenger side of the nose of the car adjacent to the bumper as well as another just behind the marker light. There are a few spots of cracking paint that have been touched up around both the hood and rear trunk lid. The edges of the doors remain clean and clear of chips. The body itself is nice and straight with consistent and tight gaps. Both the hood and the headlight buckets fit very nicely. There is a small, quarter-sized ding in the driver's side rear quarter panel just behind the rear wheel.

glass and trim

It appears that most of the rubber trim was replaced during the cars refreshing and remains in excellent and supple condition. Some of the seals on the doors are a bit too new still, causing the doors to be a bit difficult to open and the passenger door does poke out just a touch but as the car is used more, the seals will compress and the doors will open and close with more ease. The brightwork throughout the car remains in good serviceable condition, with good shine and appearance however there is a bit of hazing and some very light scratching on the bumpers only noticeable upon close inspection. The car has, what are likely, its original talbot mirrors in place that do show a bit of minor pitting in their brightwork but remain in overall good condition.

wheels

The wheels were likely repainted when the car was refreshed and remain in good order. There are a few small chips, most of which have been touched up, but overall they present very nicely.

notable flaws

Overall the exterior of the car presents very nicely with the exception of a few minor scratches and cracks in the paint that will inevitably present themselves over time with the ordinary use of the vehicle.

interior

seats and surfaces

The interior was also refreshed at the same time the exterior of the car was done and as such remind in similar, very nice, and presentable condition. The seats were refinished in a nice and correct creme/off white leather and remain in excellent condition. The stuffing appears appropriate and the leather shows good fitment with no creasing or cracking. New black colored carpets were utilized throughout with the appropriate leather piping and remain in excellent condition with great color and consistent weave. The headliner was likely replaced and remains in good shape while the sun visors appear to possibly be original still. The dash was nicely recovered, and although we believe it to be in the slightly wrong material, it fits the aesthetic and appearance of the interior nicely. Stitching on the leather dash front remains tight and consistent.

functionality and accessories

The steering wheel appears to possibly be original and as such shows a bit of patina in the form of some fading clear coat as well as a split in the lower section of the rim that has since been fixed. Gauges appear all original and are in tidy shape with good color and readability. The switches, knobs, and buttons likewise appear original and show a bit of age but remain in overall good cosmetic and mechanical condition. There is currently an AM/FM Blaupunkt radio tucked in the dash, likely not the original piece but it does not detract from the interior in the slightest. The steering column case is likely the most notable issue with the interior as it was not repainted when the car was refreshed and shows flaking and chipping in the crinkle coat paint. This is likely due to the difficulty of removing the entirety of the steering column in order to paint. It is however a minor issue in our eyes and one that could be rectified should future a future owner desire.

notable flaws

The interior remains in excellent condition with a mix of cosmetic refreshed pieces and solid, well taken care of original pieces. The only real area of note is the steering column case which shows flaking and chipping of the paint.

engine bay and trunk

engine bay

The engine bay has a freshly painted appearance at first glance, however, when looking a bit deeper it is apparent that some minor corners were cut when finishing this area and the quality doesn’t exactly match that of the exterior refreshing. Most of the surfaces around the top of the engine bay were painted and present very nicely but looking deeper shows some surfaces that were skipped. There is also a mismatch of newer and older hoses and tubing scattered throughout the engine bay. The heat cover on the underside of the hood was replaced with a new black quilted piece which shows very nicely. Overall, everything in the engine compartment presents very correctly and nice and unless one were to poke their head down into the engine bay they would likely miss some of the imperfections.

trunk area

The trunk is trimmed nicely with complementing white leather and black carpets with leather piping. The carpet and leather all fits very nicely and shows minimal signs of wear. There is evidence of some corners cut on the refreshing of the car such as some minor old chipping on the trunk hinges but overall the trunk is clean and tidy.

Underside

Much like the engine bay, the underside presents well enough but does not match the quality of the exterior and interior of the vehicle. It is generally clean and tidy but some parts were skipped over on the refreshing such as the wheel wells which were clearly not cleaned out properly but simply painted over, leaving the surface with some imperfections. The floor pans appear to be solid but show some signs of potential past issues.

mechanicals

engine

The 4.9 liter V8 fires to life with ease and settles into a respectable idle once up to temperature. On the road, it makes ample power and shows no real signs of issues. The engine could probably stand to have a proper tuneup done to it with a qualified Maserati specialist looking it over but as it sits today and runs good and shows no real issues.

transmission

The ZF 5-speed transmission shifts gears smoothly and holds power well. The clutch has appropriate take-up and solid feedback with no real issues to note. It holds power well and shifts through the gears as it should.

brakes and suspension

The brakes feel appropriate, bringing the car to a smooth and controlled stop with no apparent issues. The suspension feels compliant and tight with no odd noises or road manners to speak of.

tires

The tires are the appropriate Michelin XWX on all four corners. They appear to have plenty of tread life left in them with solid and supple sidewalls showing no cracking or dry rot.

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