Maserati Ghibli Spyder SS

Maserati Ghibli Spyder SS

1973

The new power unit was immediately made available on the Spyder and the cars that were fitted with it were identified as a Ghibli Spyder SS. With 335 hp and a 270 kph top speed (169 mph) to match its stunning looks, it was one of the most desirable production cars in the world at that time. It was also one of the most expensive. Of just 125 Ghibli Spyders sold in the five years that the model was available, only a fifth were to SS spec – which today makes it a universally recognised and much sought after classic, to such an extent that more than a few coupés have been transformed into Spyders down the years.

As on the coupé, an automatic gearbox could be fitted upon request and a significant number of Ghiblis were sold with it, as the United States was always the model’s main market. At the Turin motor show in late 1970, minor changes were introduced to the Ghibli model line up, mainly involving the headlights, dashboard and headrests.

Technical specifications

ModelGhibli Spyder SS
Maserati internal codeTipo AM115.S/49
Production start1973
Number Produced125 (total Ghibli Spyder and 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 to order)
Top speed174 mph (280 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 stroke93.9x89 mm
Total displacement4,930 cc
Displacements (unitary)616.16 cc
Compression ratio8.05.01
Maximum power335 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Maximum torque49 Kgm (355.5 lbs/ft) at 4,000 rpm
Timing geartwo valves per cylinder, two chain-driven overhead camshafts per cylinder bank
Fuel feednaturally aspirated, four vertical twin Weber 42 DCNF/11 carburettors
Fuel & lubricantN.O 98/100 RM