Maserati Ghibli Spyder


1969 to 1972

The clean lines that characterised Giugiaro’s design were a visual delight, the classic proportions of the front-engine configuration with a long bonnet and steeply raked windscreen produced this effect. It was strictly a two-seater. The fabric roof folded away neatly underneath a rear deck panel behind the seats and could be raised or lowered in just a matter of minutes. A stunning factory hardtop with large windows made the car a practical companion for all seasons, although only between 20 and 25 Ghibli Spyders were ever sold with it, making it an accessory that is in high demand amongst collectors today.
Along with the Simùn prototype, the Ghibli Spyder was one of the last projects Giugiaro worked on for Ghia in 1967 before setting up his own consultancy. In the 4.7 guise, the Ghibli Spyder was capable of reaching speeds of 250 kph (156 mph).

Technical specifications

Model Ghibli Spyder
Maserati internal code Tipo AM115/S
Production start 1967
Number Produced 125 (total Ghibli Spyder & Spyder SS production)
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-Width-Height
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 on request)
Top speed 169 mph (272 kmh)
Bodywork two-door, two-seater spyder
Fuel tank two tanks, 100 litres (21 imperial gallons / 26 US gallons.)
Production dates 1969-1973
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