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  • Matthew Lange


    Nice piece on a car I would really like to have a drive of someday. One correction though the Ghibli did not come close to outselling the Daytona. Per Maserati club UK's website 1149 Ghibli coupes were made and 100 Spyders (although I have often heard the number 125 talked about). That compares to 1289 Daytona Berlinettas and 122 Spyders. The Daytona was also in production for a slightly shorter period. No doubts though that both cars outsold the (admittedly more expensive when new) Miura with 764 made.

  • Leucea Alexandru


    Now this is why i love Italy. It gave us some of the most beautifully designed cars of all time. And it still does.

  • Rip Curl


    Thank you for the most informative piece. I knew little about the Ghibli and learned quite a lot.

  • Andre C Hulstaert


    The Ghibly is my favorite Maserati and one of the most elegant cars of the postwar era. Its lines were very nicely balanced and full of small details. For example, the roof is not flat nor arced but a very subtle arch form, like a bow of bow and arrow. I was fortunate enough to own not only one but, during a short period of time, two identical ones, a black one and a burgundy one. The burgundy had a double clutch setup. We had to replace the discs and were never able to properly adjust the pressure plates, one has to be adjusted in situ, on the engine while it is out (and no way to do it once assembled) and the second one, the traditional way. We pulled the engine numerous times and never arrived at a proper adjustment. We even went to the factory in Italy. We were welcomed with open arms and they were very friendly and helpful. Even drove us 40 miles further to the racing department, but, sadly, nobody could give us advice.
    I always preferred the front engined cars, later I had a Bora, basically the same engine but centrally mounted. It was fun to drive, but I still prefer the Ghibly. The Ghibly was more elegant and refined than the Ferrari's which were rather heavy and bulky looking. Not that I frown on a Daytona, or a 275 GTB (which I almost bought).
    The sound of ths V8 with its four double Webers was music, once one spent the better half of the day synchromising so that all barrels sung to the same tune. The gearbox was a massive ZF which required real muscle power to change gears while still cold. The engine was drysump with, if I remember right, had a capacity 12 quarts. It took about 25 miles before the engine attained its operating temperature. But once everything was in tune and on temperature, it was a delight to drive.
    The Ghibly, just as all "pure sang" and especially Italians had its peculiarities. So for example, the brake servo lived in the fenderwell, separated only from the slush ans water by a simple metal baffle. This baffle was sealed by an simple rubber which had the habit of parting company. In normal weather this was not so serious, but, in winter, when it was freezing, another story. Then the servo had the habit of freezing and quitting. I can tell you it is quite an experience to try to stop a high power, 2 ton car with four disc brakes, without the help of a servo. Several times I had to put my two feet on the brake pedal and felt the steeringwheel flexing (and cold sweat running down my back) while trying to stop.
    Also, Italians are know for having long arms and short legs, if one believed the seat adjustments of the Italian cars. But here, I do not know what criteria they used to boast it as a 2 + 2. The space in back cannot be called a seat. It is a cushion and the back of the front seats almost touches to it, a few inches at most even if the frontseat is normally adjusted, not for a tall person. But then, the headroom is almost non existent. I had a medium sized dog (a Samoyed) and even she could not sit there without stooping.
    But then are those idiosyncrasies not the part of the charm of these, and other thoroughbreds ?
    Attached are a few shots of my black one (scanned from old negatives - sorry for the poor quality)

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  • Alan Franklin


    Great story. Thanks for sharing, Andre!