Lot 112
1973 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS


CHASSIS NO: AM115492402

• 1 of only 425 SS Coupes produced in 1973
• A rare, late-production Ghibli SS with 4.9-litre engine 330 horsepower
• Retains original chassis, engine and body
• Cosmetically refreshed in Fly Yellow paint with tan interior

4.9-litre DOHC V-8 engine, ZF five-speed manual gearbox, four Weber carburetors, dual 50-litre fuel tanks, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, independent front suspension with unequal-length wishbones; wheelbase: 100.4”

When the Maserati Ghibli debuted at the 1966 Turin Motor Show, a new era of styling was born. Designed by Ghia’s Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Ghibli’s long, low, sleek nose and fastback rear waved goodbye to soft curves of the ‘50s and early ‘60s and ushered in a new look that captured the hearts of luxury sportscar lovers across the world. Of 1,274 Ghiblis produced, only 1,149 were 2+2 coupes. Of that, a mere 425 were SS coupes, like this one. The arresting shark nose was flanked by a near horizontal windshield above and adorned with life-like, pop-up headlamps below; in the hood’s center, an aggressive yet elegant bulge vent gave a wink to the power underneath. Perched on magnesium alloy wheels below chrome-trimmed vents along the front flanks, the overall look of this car just beckoned drivers to take it for a spin. Inside, the Ghibli overdelivers where Maserati has always succeeded – pure, opulent luxury. The striking dashboard is trimmed in leather, the wooden steering wheel surrounds a bold crest and steel spokes, and the vents, push-button radio and console instruments are an honest work of art. Interior panels, sports seats, doors and pillars are all dressed and trimmed in luscious leather with premium stitching.

Under the hood, beauty matched power. The new SS delivered an enhanced 4.9-litre V-8 engine that displaced 4,930 cc and delivered 330 horsepower at 5,500 rpm. With a top speed of 174 mph, it was the fastest street-legal car Maserati had ever produced. Fitted with four Weber carburetors, ZF five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal wishbones, coil springs and anti-roll bar with a live-axle rear suspension semi-elliptic leaf springs as well as four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes and dual 50-litre fuel tanks, this eye-catching Maserati could run as fast as it looked.

This rare, beautifully kept model retains its original engine, chassis and body as well as factory air-conditioner, working gauges and instruments. It has undergone a cosmetic refresh, which includes Fly Yellow paint offset by rich, tan leather interior. This highly sought-after, late production Ghibli SS, with matching numbers, is one of only 425 SS Coupes ever produced. It’s poised to perform as an energetic driver as well as a an excellent addition to a discerning sports car collection.

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