1971 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9-Litre Coupé

Maserati’s inaugural supercar, the Ghibli, made its debut in 1966, taking its name from the hot wind that sweeps across the Sahara Desert. The young and talented Giorgetto Giugiaro, then employed at Ghia, was responsible for its captivating design, while the mechanical brilliance came from Maserati’s chief engineer, Giulio Alfieri.

Under the Ghibli’s sleek and low bonnet line, Alfieri fitted a dry-sump version of Maserati’s quad-cam V8 engine. Initially, a 4.7-liter version powered the car, but in 1970, a more potent 4.9-liter ‘SS’ variant emerged, capable of producing an impressive 335bhp at 5,500rpm. Alfieri’s experience led him to carefully select top-notch proprietary components for the running gear, including a five-speed gearbox and power steering from ZF, a double wishbone front suspension from Alford & Alder, and a Salisbury live axle at the rear.

The Ghibli received an overwhelmingly positive response, particularly in the USA, which was Maserati’s largest market. It quickly became the coveted choice for the affluent and famous of the late 1960s, not only for its remarkable style but also for its exceptional driving experience. Despite its jaw-dropping top speed of 166mph, the Ghibli was surprisingly refined and effortless compared to other supercars of its time.

After an impressive production run, the Ghibli’s journey came to an end in 1972, leaving behind a legacy of 1,280 exemplary vehicles.

Source: Bonhams