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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder


Registration no: GIB 4929 Chassis no: AM 115S/49/1229 Price: Refer Department Maserati hardly needs any introduction. Already a legendary racing marque before the war, the company turned to the limited production of sports cars for the road in the 1950s. These proved to be highly successful, and manufacture continued throughout the '60s with the company taking credit for some of the most potent and luxurious cars of the era. None upheld this great tradition better than the magnificent Ghibli. Introduced to an enthusiastic public at the Turin Show of 1966, the Ghibli broke with the recent Maserati tradition for conservative designs, instead displaying dramatic, purposeful lines, drawn by none other than Giorgietto Giugiaro whilst still at Ghia's design studio. Under the bonnet was Maserati's magnificent all alloy 4.7 litre four camshaft V8 engine, derived from the company's sports racing car power plants and mated to a five speed gearbox. Claimed top speed was a not inconsiderable 174mph! At the car's launch its competitors were Ferrari's also new 275GTB and Lamborghini's 400GT. The Ghibli was highly acclaimed, enjoying glowing praise from motoring journalists of the time, a fact not lost on collectors today, with whom the model has become one of Maseratis most sought-after road cars, combining stunning looks and towering performance. One of only 125 Spyders ever produced, chassis 1229 – a rare right-hand drive 4.9 SS finished in Giallo - was manufactured in September 1970 for the Earls Court Motor Show, known in Italian as “'Salon Di Londra'”. After proudly being displayed at Maserati’s stand during the event, the car was delivered to its first private owner, a Dr. Collins, on 1st of February 1971. The next year, Dr Collins asked the factory to add power-steering, and the car was resprayed in silver. By 1983, whilst the car was owned by a Mr Schimmel of Highgate, the mileage had only risen to 25,000. It was during this ownership that the car was extensively restored in the workshops of Maserati specialist Bill McGrath, during which time the car was returned to its original Giallo yellow colour. Owned by the vendor since 1997, the car has further benefited from a recent engine overhaul. With a genuine mileage from new of just 76,000, the car comes with an exhaustive history documenting the works carried out on it over the years, as well as the very appropriate registration number GIB 4929. A truly stunning and very rare example of this classic Maserati.


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