Maserati Ghibli

1967 to 1973

A true thoroughbred GT, it was powered by a 4.7 litre engine developing 315 hp. The dry-sump twincam V8 engine with four twin-choke carburettors differed from that used in the Mexico and Quattroporte of the same period, which followed a wet sump design. The model was originally devised as a two-seater, despite being 4.69 metres long and having a wheelbase of 2.55 metres. The Ghibli did become a 2+2 for production.

The chassis featured simple yet effective cart-sprung rear suspension, also found on the Quattroporte II which was introduced at the same time. The project was principally overseen by Engineer Alfieri and it was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in late 1966 on the Ghia stand, with deliveries starting in March of the following year. The steel bodies (with an alloy bonnet) were manufactured by Vignale.

Named after an Egyptian desert storm wind, the Ghibli had another fantastic asset in its striking visual appearance, and it could easily have sold itself based on looks alone. Its dramatic styling was the work of a young Giorgetto Giugiaro, at that time working for the Ghia studio in Turin. Giugiaro himself describes it this way: “A very striking, long, flat bonnet, full-width radiator grille, pop-up headlights, a sharply angled windscreen, wide squat sidelights that ended in a vertical segment, and very clean flanks even though the coach-line did have lots of movement to it. The rear end was high for aerodynamic efficiency as well as functional reasons (the two fuel tanks lie behind the rear axle and have a very raised neck).
Henry Ford II was so impressed by the Ghibli that he reportedly approached the Orsi family with an offer to buy the company from them. Other notable owners included Sammy Davis junior, Peter Sellers and Jean-Paul Belmondo.

Technical specifications

Maserati internal codeTipo AM115
Production start1967
Number Produced1170 (all coupés combined including Ghibli SS)
Ignitionsingle-plug Bosch distributor with automatic advance, coil ignition (via a transistor from 1970)
Lubricationtwo concentric gear pumps (pressure and scavenge)
Transmission5-speed + reverse ZF (automatic to order), self-locking differential
Gear ratiosI=2.97; II=1.92; III=1.34; IV=1; V=0.9; R= 3.31
Chassistubular steel ladder-frame platform chassis
Front suspensiondouble wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar
Rear suspensionleaf springs, hydraulic telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar
Brakesventilated discs, servo-assisted, hydraulic, independent dual circuit
Brakes front294 mm discs
Brakes rear272 mm discs
Steeringworm and sector (power assistance to order)
Cooling systemwater-cooled
Length185.04 inches (4,700 mm)
Width70.47 inches (1,790 mm)
Height45.67 inches (1,160 mm)
Wheelbase100.39 inches (2,550 mm)
Front track56.6 inches (1,440 mm)
Rear track55.9 inches (1,420 mm)
Dry weight3416 lbs (1,550 Kg)
Kerb weight3637 lbs (1,650 Kg)
Tyresfront/rear Pirelli HS 205 VR 15 (215 VR 15 from 1972)
Wheelsmagnesium alloy, 7.50 x 15 (wire wheels to order)
Top speed164.5 mph (265 kmh)
Bodywork2-door, 2+2 coupé
Fuel tanktwo tanks, 100 litres (21 Imperial Gallons / 26 US gallons)
Production dates1967-1973
First race
Engine90° V8, light alloy casting with pressed-in cylinder liners in special cast iron
Bore and stroke93.9x85 mm
Total displacement4,709 cc
Displacements (unitary)588.62 cc
Compression ratio8.05.01
Maximum power310 bhp at 6,000 rpm
Maximum torque47 Kgm (341 lbs/ft) at 3,500 rpm
Timing geartwo valves per cylinder, two chain-driven overhead camshafts per cylinder bank
Fuel feednaturally aspirated, four vertical twin Weber 40 DCNF/5 carburettors (42 DCNF/9 from 1969)
Fuel & lubricantN.O 98/100 RM