In 1966, Maserati began a project for a new Gran Turismo automobile in the finest tradition of the marque. Named after a stormy Egyptian desert wind, the Ghibli looked nothing like what came before, and would have been a sensation based on looks alone. The dramatic styling was the work of a young Giorgetto Giugiaro, at that time working for the Ghia studio in Turin. The body of the Ghibli was perfect in every detail and is regarded not just as one of Giugiaro’s most beautiful designs, but one of the most significant automobile designs of the postwar era. A true thoroughbred GT, it was originally conceived as a two-seater, despite being more than 15 feet long. However, production versions had a 2+2 seat configuration, powered by the V8 engine from the Quattroporte and Mexico, modified with a dry-sump lubrication system in order to fit under the long, low Ghibli hood. Unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in late 1966 on the Ghia stand, the project was principally overseen by Maserati engineer Giulio Alfieri, with deliveries beginning in March of the following year. The steel bodies, with aluminum hood, were manufactured by Vignale. From 1969, the Ghibli was also available with a 4.9-liter engine, named Ghibli SS, and a Spyder version was added to the lineup that same year. Production of all models continued through 1973, with a total of 1,170 coupes and 125 Spyders produced.
|Data sheet||Ghibli||Ghibli SS|
|Model code||Tipo AM115||Tipo AM115/49|
|Body type||2-door, 2+2 coupé||2-door, 2+2 coupé|
|Design||Giugiaro (Ghia)||Giugiaro (Ghia)|
|Production years||1967 - 1972||1969 - 1972|
|Maserati era||Orsi family||Orsi family|
|Chassis||Tubular steel ladder-frame platform chassis||Tubular steel ladder-frame platform chassis|
|Dry / kerb weight||1,550 kg||1,550 kg|
|Engine configuration||90° V8, double overhead camshaft||90° V8, double overhead camshaft|
|Maximum power||330hp @ 6,000rpm||335hp @ 5,500rpm|
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