50 years: Maserati Ghibli

At the Salon in Turin in November 1966, Maserati presented its new, most exclusive model and deliveries began in March of the following year. The public’s performance may not have surpassed that of the Lamborghini Miure, but no one doubted that Ghibli will set new parameters in the world of large GT cars with a front-facing engine. The hot southwest wind is characteristic of Libya, and it is also called the most famous Japanese animation studio.

Giorgetto Giugiaro has drew many beautiful cars in his career, but even in such opus, this is one of the most unquestionable avalanches: each line has beauty, elegance and design sense, and this model is in the open and closed version and a regular member of the list “Most beautiful cars” of all time. The first copy was delivered to America and bought it Henry Ford II and cost him 4 Ford Thunderbirds.

The enthusiasm of the presentation, but also with today’s enthusiasts, is only slightly absorbed when it comes to “under the skin” and in front of the rigid rear axle with leaf springs – Maserati was one of many financial crises and decided on this cheaper concept.

This car was a two-seater beast, but theoretically two more people could be placed in the back bench without the backrest – the Indy model later on could be considered as a 2 + 2 version of Ghibli.The model of her lights had begun to enter the fashion, Ghibli was one of the earliest European models with them.

The basic model had a V8 engine with 4 Weber carburetors, where he is dragging roots from the 450 S race from the 1950’s, 4719 cc and 310 horsepower, and could reach up to 250 km / h and speed up to a hundred in less than 7 seconds. It came with a 5-speed manual transmission, and in an optional 3-speed automatic. Lamborghini Espada and Ferrari 365 GTB / 4 have set new standards, so the Maserati 1969 responded with a radically altered engine and a new SS tag.

The nominal power has not risen too much, at 335 hp, with a larger engine volume of 4930 cc, but the fastest speed has risen to as much as 280 km / h, accelerating down for almost a second, and the momentum has grown considerably. It was a much more serious model, but both variants were available, and in the same year, the fascinating Spyder, whose weight was 1650, grew to 1770 kg, while the other dimensions (4700 x 1790 x 1160 mm) were identical to the coupe.

A wealthy audience was well received, by 1973 a total of 1170 coupes and 125 Spyders (including 25 in SS specifications) were produced, followed by a model in the crowd, but not in the hearts of fans, replaced by more modern and technically much more sophisticated Khamsin. To date Ghibli is generally regarded as the peak of the classical period of Maserati, and the legend about it was strong enough for a company to decide to revive this legendary name on two occasions.

The magnesium charges were in series, and they were offset by the classic wire-shifter of the Borranije felge; tires were Pirelli Cinturato. The cockpit exudes elegance and class. And the trunk was unexpectedly great for that GT car class. The gorgeous Spyder is even more beautiful than coupe by many, so many specimens have cut off the roof later. The original Spyder today is a one-million-euro collector’s model, 4-5 times more expensive than the coupe, which until recently were surprisingly cheap.


This design icon of the 1960s is a more comfortable and usable car than most versatile competitors, and in the SS version it can be measured with performance. Interestingly, one copy of a coupe worn in Zagreb in the 1970s, allegedly appears in one of Dzo Maračić-Makija’s videos. Towards the end of the 1980s, it was sold to Osijek, but at about the beginning of the war, it was lost.

The other Ghibli (1992-1998) was sold in 2337 copies. Still, it remained in the deep shadow of the original, and then in the new millennium, a cold shower followed. Today’s Ghibli (from 2013) has a pair of over-sized doors and is the most massive modern business model, completely opposed to the tradition and mystics of this legendary name, and is also offered with a diesel engine.

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