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

Model Ghibli Spyder SS
Maserati internal code Tipo AM115.S/49
Production start 1973
Number Produced 125 (total Ghibli Spyder and 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 to order)
Top speed 174 mph (280 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 93.9x89 mm
Total displacement 4,930 cc
Displacements (unitary) 616.16 cc
Compression ratio 8.05.01
Maximum power 335 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Maximum torque 49 Kgm (355.5 lbs/ft) at 4,000 rpm
Timing gear two valves per cylinder, two chain-driven overhead camshafts per cylinder bank
Fuel feed naturally aspirated, four vertical twin Weber 42 DCNF/11 carburettors
Fuel & lubricant N.O 98/100 RM