The Maserati Ghibli was created as a classic GT. It was luxurious and stylish, offering unrivaled travel comfort over any distance, fast and powerful with a true racing car “blood” inside.
The Italian car industry can be treated differently, but one thing cannot be taken away from it: Italians know how to make cars that attract attention. Sometimes it is enough just to look at the photo once – and you can no longer get rid of the desire to learn more about it. The Maserati Ghibli was no exception. It was a powerful and fast vehicle with a quite suitable, simple, and memorable name. The first model was created and presented to the public at the Turin Motor Show in 1966 and had been on sale since 1967. Named after the stormy winds of the Egyptian desert, this 2+2 sports coupe was the first work of designer Giorgetto Giugiaro.
The first large front-engined Gran Turismo coupe of the first generation debuted at the 1966 Turin Auto Show. Giorgetto Giugiaro, who at that time worked in the Ghia studio was the author of the coupe. It was one of his first and most recognized projects after leaving the Bertone studio. Remarkably, the memorable appearance and the swiftness of forms played a crucial role in the frenzied popularity of this automobile. The outstanding design and technical characteristics (4.7-liter 8-cylinder engine developing 315 hp, and a maximum speed of 250 km/h), made the model not only one of the most desirable vehicles but also one of the most expensive. It was a classic GT, the successor to the legendary A6 1500, which began the history of Maserati grand tourers in 1947: stylish design, interior thought out to the smallest detail – giving unsurpassed comfort when traveling at long distances and speed of a true descendant of racing cars!
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This model was one of Maserati’s finest supercars, owing a lot to the high-speed Quattroporte sedan and its Mexico 2-door modification. The carrier was a shortened Mexico platform, which in turn was a shortened version of the Quattroporte. By the time the automobile was introduced, it had been shortened once more for more torsional rigidity and a few closed section reinforcements had been added. The result was the most rigid chassis Maserati ever produced for a road vehicle. The automobile, created by the young Giorgetto Giugiaro, looked extraordinary. Its long, low silhouette was made possible by the use of a dry sump on the well-known V8 engine. The engine was made more compact and installed by lowering the hood line. In addition, its power increased by 50 hp, and the automobile claimed the title of one of the fastest in the world. With a power of 340 hp, its expected speed reach was 257 km/h, however, in practice, the best result achieved during road tests was 248 km/h. Acceleration from standstill to 96 k /h took 6.6 s. The rear-wheel drive vehicle was equipped with a V8 4.7 engine with a capacity of 340 hp, working in tandem with a five-step manual or a three-step automatic transmission. A very interesting feature of the vehicle was the presence of two fuel tanks at once and, accordingly, two fillers on both sides of the body. Pop-up low-beam headlights (colloquially referred to as “frogs”) and chic multi-spoke alloy wheels were also distinguishing features of the model. The Ghibli was very popular with buyers, outselling its direct competitors, the Lamborghini Miura and Ferrari Daytona. Interestingly, in 1969, the open version of the Maserati Ghibli Spyder was added to the lineup, and in 1970 the Ghibli SS modification made its debut. The model was discontinued in 1973 and replaced by the Maserati Khamsin coupe, also named after the desert wind. Almost 20 years passed before the second generation of Ghibli appeared.
The model was a real celebrity darling. Frank Sinatra, American actor, singer Sammy Davis Jr., British actor Peter Sellers, who was repeatedly nominated for an Oscar, and French and world cinema star Jean-Paul Belmondo were the lucky owners of this remarkable vehicle.
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