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Lot Number
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1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Coupe
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $190,000 - $240,000
CHASSIS NO: AM1151386
• Offered with Maserati Classiche Certificate
• Owner’s and parts manuals, jack and storage bag
• Includes assorted parts invoices for recent work
• Copies of build sheet, order form, delivery receipt
• Highly desirable matching numbers example
• Renowned styling and driving dynamics

4.7-litre DOHC alloy V-8 engine, 330 HP, five-speed manual gearbox, independent coil-spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 100.4”


Named after an exotic, hot and dusty North African wind current, Maserati’s sleek Ghibli debuted at Turin in 1966. Immediately, the Ghibli enjoyed praise from the motoring press and intense demand from the era’s wealthiest and most discerning buyers, despite its $19,000 MSRP. In America, the Ghibli’s high-profile owners included none other than NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain and even Ford Motor Company CEO, Henry Ford II. Cloaked in highly seductive bodywork, initially a coupe but joined by a Spyder from 1969, the Ghibli was penned by Italian design genius, Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose career culminated with “Car Designer of the Century” honors in 1999 and the coveted Matita d’Oro (Golden Pencil) award in 2017. The Ghibli’s performance was – and remains – electrifying, with power delivered by Maserati’s race-bred DOHC, dry-sump 4.7-litre V-8 engine breathing through a quartet of Weber twin-choke carburetors and mated to a choice of ZF five-speed or automatic gearboxes. While capable of supercar performance levels comparable to Lamborghini’s outrageous mid-engine Miura and Ferrari’s harder-edged 365 GTB/4 Daytona, the Ghibli remains an equal today for its exceptional 2+2 comfort, all-around drivability, balance, and forgiving handling. Just 1,274 Ghiblis were produced in total through 1972. Today, the Ghibli continues to exemplify Maserati’s unique character and defy the passage of five decades.

According to the Maserati Classiche Certificate and copies of original factory documents accompanying it, this matching numbers 1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 was ordered on September 24, 1969 directly from the factory in Verde Bosco (dark green) with Senape (mustard) Connolly leather upholstery. Around the 2000s, the car was painted black and the interior recovered in red. As now offered, this Ghibli presents with honest exterior finishes and nicely sorted mechanicals delivering the performance one would expect. Currently showing an approximate 59,500 kilometres (37,000 miles) of use, the Ghibli benefits from a recent and extensive programme of mechanical service, as well as selective cosmetic restoration. The paint finish is glossy, but nonetheless displays some finish flaws as might be expected.

The consignor reports the Ghibli starts easily, shows good oil pressure readings, and delivers excellent throttle response. The five-speed ZF gearbox operates nicely with smooth action and the clutch is progressive, benefiting from recent service work. Retaining matching numbers and offered complete with the aforementioned historical documents from Maserati Classiche, this 1970 Maserati Ghibli offers a wonderful opportunity for a collector or enthusiast to drive, refine, and enjoy as a superbly usable car as-is. While some would argue that Maserati's real roots were in racing cars, the fact is the company is far better known today for its competition-flavored GT road cars. The Ghibli was one of those spectacular machines. Rightly, the Maserati Ghibli will continue to inspire future collectors as one of the most important sports cars of the Golden Era of Italian motorcar design. Simply put, the immediate enjoyment felt behind the wheel of a fine postwar Italian GT car is something everyone should experience in their lives and this Ghibli will certainly answer the call.

1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Coupe
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