Maserati Ghibli: A look back
A perfect combination of design, sports performance and comfort, the Ghibli sedan features simple, elegant lines, enhanced by the use of exquisite materials. Defined by sculpted lines, its form generates a sense of motion. A grand-tourer with unmistakable refinement and unrivalled performance, the Ghibli is quick, responsive and luxurious, drawing on all of Maserati’s experience and history.
The Ghibli began in 1966, when a project was started for a new sporty Gran Turismo in the best tradition of the Maserati brand. Named after an Egyptian desert storm wind, the Ghibli had a fantastic asset in its striking visual appearance, and it could easily have sold on its looks alone. The dramatic styling was the work of a young Giorgetto Giugiaro, at that time working for the Ghia studio in Turin. The body of the Ghibli was perfect in every detail and is still regarded as one of Giugiaro’s most beautiful designs. A true thoroughbred GT, it was originally conceived as a two-seater, despite being 4.69 metres long and having a wheelbase of 2.55 metres. However, the production versions had a 2+2 seat configuration. The V8 engine from the Quattroporte/Mexico adopted a dry sump lubrication system in order to fit under the long and low Ghibli bonnet. Maserati originally planned to produce only 100 cars but production was immediately increased to 400. In fact, it remained in production until the end of 1972, and a total of 1,295 examples were made, both in Coupé and Spyder versions.
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