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Coachwork by Ghia
Angelo Bio, Orange, New Jersey (acquired in 1971)Owner (acquired from the above in 2009)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
The Maserati Ghibli has been described as quite possibly the most handsome car of the late 1960s. Without question, it was certainly one of the fastest. Styled in Ghia’s studios by gifted automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Ghibli is a true masterpiece – even considering his impressive body of work that now spans over 50 years. The Ghibli debuted at the 1966 Turin Motor Show and was very well received. Giugiaro himself described the Ghibli as offering “a very striking, long, fat bonnet, full-width radiator grille, pop-up headlights, a sharply angled windscreen and very clean flanks.”
The striking bodywork was wrapped around an aluminum-block V-8 engine with dry-sump lubrication, and dual overhead cams. In fact, the engine was a further development of the powerplant in Maserati’s potent 450S racer, piloted by the likes of Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, and Carroll Shelby.
Never one to stand still for long, just two years after the Ghibli was first introduced, Maserati upped the ante and the SS version was released. Horsepower was increased to 335, which guaranteed a top speed of 175 mph, turning the Ghibli SS into the fastest Maserati road car of the day.
With 1,149 coupes constructed between 1967 and 1973, the Ghibli held its own against two most-worthy rivals: the Ferrari Daytona and the Lamborghini Miura. This was a testament to the design and performance of this stunning GT coupe, which offered huge presence and a fantastic driving experience.
The Maserati offered here is a stunning example of the uprated Ghibli SS and was imported into the US from Milan in 1971 by Angelo Bio, who retained ownership of his prized Ghibli for the next 38 years. This European specification 4.9 SS has had just three owners in its lifetime and retains copies of its original importation documents. Repainted in its original Light Brown Metallic to a high standard, the Ghibli’s interior has recently been re-trimmed, with the parchment leather appearing fresh and inviting. A proper factory-style exhaust system, sourced from Italy, has been fitted as well. Recently serviced, this Ghibli SS is beautifully presented and shows just over 82,000 km on its odometer.
Today, the Ghibli remains coveted by enthusiasts and knowledgeable collectors due to its excellent driving dynamics, race-inspired engineering, comfortable passenger compartment, and the faultless styling of Giugiaro. This example of the desirable Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS offers its new owner a fantastic opportunity to enjoy iconic 1960s style and incredible performance in a single package.