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1968 Maserati Ghibli - Barn Find
Lot No.: 311
Registration: TRP 118F
Chassis Number: AM115856
Engine Number: AM1158586
Number of cylinders: 8
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Estimate (£): 12,000 - 16,000
Sold for (£): 31,625
Any "Old Car In The Barn" discovery really is the stuff of dreams for any classic car enthusiast, particularly in this case those who love classic Maseratis. Even acknowledging the subjectivity of the question has there ever been a car more beautiful than the Maserati Ghibli ? If there was only very few peers come to mind. There is certainly no disputing its tremendous impact. By any standard the Ghibli was the most memorable Maserati of its time. More than four decades after its late-1966 debut, there are those who say it still is and, as road tests at the time proved, it was also a real stormer. But for many, it was enough to simply gaze upon this beast in admiration. It had been conceived in 1965-66 by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who was then chief designer at Ghia. So it was no wonder that the world motoring press had sat up and taken real notice of this remarkably gifted young Italian.
The Ghibli shared its basic chassis and running gear with the Quattroporte saloon and Mexico coupe. The wheelbase however was reduced by 3.5 inches from the Mexico's, since the Ghibli was strictly designed as a two-seater GT.
The Maserati Ghibli had the same tubular chassis, stiffened by pressings, foldings, and fabrications, and it had to make do with a simple live rear axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs. Like the Maserati Mexico it had disc brakes all-round. If none of this seemed very exciting, particularly next to its obvious competitors like the Ferrari 275 GTB and Lamborghini 400 GT, nobody seemed to mind, and it didn't hurt the car's performance or reliability one bit.
The styling, of course, turned heads everywhere, long, low, and wide, the Ghibli crouched on the road like no previous Maserati. This was no illusion because the overall height was only 46 inches, as a result the interior headroom was rather limited. Also with an overall length of 180 inches it was one
the longest European two-seaters ever built. Even so the long-hood/short-deck proportions were flawless.
Alas, all good things must come to an end. The Maserati Ghibli's demise came in 1973 with the introduction of its direct successor, the Khamsin. Though more technically advanced, it wasn't nearly as inspiring to look at. The result is that the 1,274 Maserati Ghiblis built still aren't enough to go around.