Classic Cars

Unique of the Week: 1970 Maserati Ghibli

The Maserati Ghibli was one of the most beautiful GT cars ever to come out of Italy.

Like some of the other great Italian supercar brands, Maserati's roots lie within motorsport. When the five Maserati brothers began racing cars in the late 1920s, they probably never imagined their family name would one day go on to become one of the most famous Italian supercar marquees. The Modena-based company has had its fair share of ups and downs throughout the decades, as well as various owners such as Citroen, De Tomaso, Fiat, and Ferrari.

In 2005, they were split from Ferrari and merged with Alfa Romeo, under the control of Fiat Auto. And throughout the good and not so good times, Maserati has always stayed true to its Italian racing heritage. The company changed their focus to building components for the Italian army during World War II, but once the conflict ended, they quickly returned to the automotive scene. Racing also began once again and even Argentinian driver Juan-Manuel Fangio joined their team in the 1950s. Sadly, Maserati dropped out of racing entirely after the Guidizzolo tragedy at the 1957 Mille Miglia.

And in 1966, the front-engined Ghibli GT was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show. It was a hit from day one as it went on to outsell both the Ferrari Daytona and the Lamborghini Miura. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, it was powered by 330hp 4.7-liter V8 and mated to either a five-speed manual or three-speed auto gearbox. Performance was also quite good for the time, going from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 154 mph. And like many supercars today, the Ghibli was a gas guzzler and Maserati had to provide it with two separate fuel tanks.

The Ghibli Spyder was launched in 1969, but was never built in the same numbers as the coupe variant. In 1970, the Ghibli SS came out and it featured a 4.9-liter V8 with 335hp. Ghibli production ended in 1973. Although the Ghibli was reborn in 1992 (as the Ghibli II), but it was neither as beautiful nor iconic as the original. And we've found one of the first generation Ghibli's up for sale on eBay Motors. This 1970 Ghibli is painted in a gorgeous Italian red with a slick black leather interior. Mated to the three-speed slushbox and with 51,930 miles on the odometer, this Ghibli currently has a top bid of $59,500.

Overall, it appears to be in excellent condition. The seller hasn't placed a reserve on it, so for anyone looking to own a piece of classic Italian supercar heritage, this may end up being a wonderful bargain any collector would love to have. Photos courtesy of beverlyhillscarclub

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