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Maserati – Ghibli Spyder

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Vehicle Overview

The clean lines that characterized the Ghibli were a real pleasure for the eyes and attributed to Giugiaro the reputation of the undisputed master of automotive design. The classic proportions of the coupe in the configuration with front engine, elongated bonnet and strongly angled windscreen, could be perfectly adapted to an open spider version. The Ghibli Spyder was strictly two-seater: the canvas top folded perfectly concealed under the rear panel, behind the seats, and could be raised or lowered in a few minutes. An amazing hardtop with large windows made the car practical and suitable for traveling in all seasons. However, the Ghibli Spiders sold with this particular set-up were not more than 20-25, so much so that this type of accessory is today one of the most sought after by collectors. Together with the Maserati Simun concept car, the Ghibli Spyder was one of the last projects that Giugiario carried out for Ghia in 1967, before founding his own consulting firm: Italdesign. Like the coupe model, the Ghibli Spyder was available in both a standard 4.7-liter version and an enhanced 4.9-liter version for the Spider SS. With 335 hp and a top speed of 270 km / h reflecting its striking look, the SS was one of the most desired production cars of the moment, and also one of the most expensive. Of the 125 Ghibli Spiders sold over the five-year model availability, only a fifth was built in the SS version. This has made this car a universally recognized and sought after classic. On request, it was possible to equip the car with automatic transmission, and a significant number of Ghibli were sold with this set-up, as the United States represented the main market for the model. At the end of the 1970s, at the Turin Motorshow, small changes were made to the Ghibli range, mainly concerning the front light units, the dashboard and the headrests.

Technical Specifications

  • Body
  • Year
    1969
  • Make
    Maserati
  • Model
    Ghibli Spyder
  • Coachbuilder
    Ghia
  • Length (mm)
    N/A
  • Width (mm)
    N/A
  • Height (mm)
    N/A
  • Photo credits
    rmsothebys.com
  • Engine Type
    V8
  • Designer
    Giorgetto Giugiaro

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