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

ModelGhibli Spyder
Maserati internal codeTipo AM115/S
Production start1967
Number Produced125 (total Ghibli Spyder & Spyder SS production)
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
Reduction1.03.31
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
Length-Width-Height
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 on request)
Top speed169 mph (272 kmh)
Bodyworktwo-door, two-seater spyder
Fuel tanktwo tanks, 100 litres (21 imperial gallons / 26 US gallons.)
Production dates1969-1973
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