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Coachwork by Ghia; Formerly the Property of Janie Weyerhaeuser Belinsky
1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS
2017 The Texas Classic Auction

ESTIMATE: $300,000 - $350,000
CHASSIS NO: AM115/49*2316*
• Rare and desirable late-production, top-specification 4.9-litre Ghibli SS
• Just two owners from new and single previous ownership for 36 years
• Numbers matching example per Maserati Certificate of Origin
• Rebuilt engine and mechanical service with accompanying records
• Maserati Classiche documentation and dossier spanning 1980-2016

4,930 cc DOHC V-8 engine, four Weber DCNF/11 carburetors, 355 BHP at 6,000 RPM, five-speed ZF manual gearbox, double-wishbone front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel servo-assisted 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, the Ghibli was penned by Italian design genius Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose career culminated in “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. A displacement increase to 4.9 litres in 1969 yielded the Ghibli 4.9 SS – Maserati’s fastest road car with a 174-mph top speed.

While capable of ‘supercar’ performance levels comparable to Lamborghini’s outrageous mid-engine Miura and Ferrari’s harder-edged 365 GT/4 ‘Daytona’, the Ghibli remains equally famous today for its exceptional comfort, all-around drivability, balance, and impressive handling. Just 1,274 Ghiblis were produced in total through 1972, including the highly desirable, late-production 4.9-litre ‘SS’ offered here. Numbered 2316, this Ghibli was completed during June 1972 by Officine A. Maserati S.p.A. Desirable comforts worthy of such a thoroughbred GT car included an adjustable steering column, anti-theft steering lock, tinted power/electric windows, reclining seats with head rests, a heated rear windscreen, dashboard clock, Blaupunkt ‘Frankfurt’ radio with supplemental Voxson 8-track player, air-conditioning and power steering.

This Ghibli SS was delivered new to the United States and it was originally owned by Janie Weyerhaeuser Belinsky, the lumber and paper-company heiress who at the time was married to the famed 1960s Major League pitcher, Bo Belinsky. Interestingly, Belinsky established professional baseball history and created a sensation when he pitched the first no-hitter on the West Coast for the Los Angeles (later California) Angels in 1962. However, his high-profile lifestyle and public altercations ended his once-promising baseball career by 1970. In late 1980, Janie Weyerhaeuser Belinsky consigned the Ghibli for sale at Alfa of Tacoma in Washington, where it sold on December 31, 1980 to a Mr. Snyder for $19,500 cash with 14,016 miles on the odometer. Mr. Snyder would go on to own the vehicle for 36 years and the original paperwork from this transaction is included in the car's dossier of records spanning 1980-2016.

In November 1989, the Ghibli SS received an exterior repaint and freshening of the black leather upholstery. In 2012-2015, the Maserati was taken back to Alfa of Tacoma for a complete mechanical overhaul, including an engine rebuild and complete brake service, as confirmed by the invoices. Most recently, an annual tune-up was performed, along with installation of new stabilizer bushings, a stainless exhaust system, and a set of period-correct Pirelli Cinturato radial tires on newly refinished bi-metal Borrani wire wheels. Over $60,000 was invested in the Ghibli during the four-year mechanical restoration, with all invoices and documentation from Mr. Snyder's ownership included in the sale of the car. Maserati S.p.A. of Modena, Italy confirms with the Certificate of Origin that all chassis, engine, and body numbers are matching as the Ghibli originally left the factory. Additional Maserati Classiche documents with the car include the Final Tests Data Sheet, Technical & Aesthetic Characteristics, End of Line Data Sheet, and Delivery Note.

In addition to its stunning Giugiaro-penned styling and outstanding provenance, this 1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS is sure to satisfy the true collector and connoisseur with additional items including original service, spare parts, and workshop manuals, and Maserati Classiche documentation, plus period magazine excerpts. It is handsomely presented in the most desirable 4.9 litre SS specification. Then, as now, the Ghibli is the ideal example of the gran turismo motor car, and it is one of the most beautiful and exciting Maseratis of all time.

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