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

Model Ghibli
Maserati internal code Tipo AM115
Production start 1967
Number Produced 1170 (all coupés combined including Ghibli SS)
Ignition single-plug Bosch distributor with automatic advance, coil ignition (via a transistor from 1970)
Lubrication two concentric gear pumps (pressure and scavenge)
Transmission 5-speed + reverse ZF (automatic to order), self-locking differential
Reduction 1.03.31
Gear ratios I=2.97; II=1.92; III=1.34; IV=1; V=0.9; R= 3.31
Chassis tubular steel ladder-frame platform chassis
Front suspension double wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar
Rear suspension leaf springs, hydraulic telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar
Brakes ventilated discs, servo-assisted, hydraulic, independent dual circuit
Brakes front 294 mm discs
Brakes rear 272 mm discs
Steering worm and sector (power assistance to order)
Cooling system water-cooled
Length 185.04 inches (4,700 mm)
Width 70.47 inches (1,790 mm)
Height 45.67 inches (1,160 mm)
Wheelbase 100.39 inches (2,550 mm)
Front track 56.6 inches (1,440 mm)
Rear track 55.9 inches (1,420 mm)
Dry weight 3416 lbs (1,550 Kg)
Kerb weight 3637 lbs (1,650 Kg)
Tyres front/rear Pirelli HS 205 VR 15 (215 VR 15 from 1972)
Wheels magnesium alloy, 7.50 x 15 (wire wheels to order)
Top speed 164.5 mph (265 kmh)
Bodywork 2-door, 2+2 coupé
Fuel tank two tanks, 100 litres (21 Imperial Gallons / 26 US gallons)
Production dates 1967-1973
First race
Engine 90° V8, light alloy casting with pressed-in cylinder liners in special cast iron
Bore and stroke 93.9x85 mm
Total displacement 4,709 cc
Displacements (unitary) 588.62 cc
Compression ratio 8.05.01
Maximum power 310 bhp at 6,000 rpm
Maximum torque 47 Kgm (341 lbs/ft) at 3,500 rpm
Timing gear two valves per cylinder, two chain-driven overhead camshafts per cylinder bank
Fuel feed naturally aspirated, four vertical twin Weber 40 DCNF/5 carburettors (42 DCNF/9 from 1969)
Fuel & lubricant N.O 98/100 RM