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1972 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9 Coupe

Debuting two years before the Daytona at the 1966 Turin Motor Show, Giorgetto Giugiaro’s strikingly beautiful design clearly influenced Pininfarina’s designers. The long bonnet flowing into a sloped roofline fronted by a wide-mouth grille and the prominently displayed trident emblem, the Ghibli was equal parts aggressive and sensual. Svelte and sexy, the Ghibli has stood the test of time and remains a gorgeous design even by today’s standards.

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In 1970, Maserati added a 4.9-liter engine to the Ghibli stable, proving that the marque was not focused just on good looks. Resulting in the most powerful roadgoing Maserati yet, power increased to 335 bhp, and speed topped out at 175 mph. The SS was produced in far fewer numbers than its 4.7-liter sibling, making them the first choice amongst connoisseurs. With production limited to 1,190 coupes built over the entire production run, it is believed that just 425 4.9-liter SS coupes were produced between 1969 and 1973.

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