Villa Erba

27 May 2017

1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spyder by Ghia

  • Chassis no. AM115/S 1079
  • Engine no. AM115 1079
  • Body no. 10130


  • One of only 83 4.7-litre Ghibli Spyders constructed
  • Retains its original engine; less than 50,000 kilometres from new
  • Late-production example; fitted with factory air conditioning, power steering, and Becker Europa radio


This stunning Maserati Ghibli Spyder was delivered to its original owner, an airline pilot, in Rome, Italy. A late 4.7-litre, European-specification example with power steering, chassis 1079 was delivered new with Giallo paintwork over a black leather interior, according to Maserati Classiche. Approximately five years later the Ghibli was sold to its next owner, an American, who imported the car to Texas, where it remained until 1985 in excellent original condition.

This owner imported the Ghibli to Ontario, Canada, and enjoyed it for several years prior to embarking on a thorough restoration that would total in excess of $85,000 and take more than two years to complete. At this time, the car was refinished in black. The standard Ghibli wheels were replaced with a set of original Borranis after the owner approached Carlo Borrani himself. Borrani agreed to sell him four of the last 12 handmade wheels at a cost of approximately $12,000. The car still wears these wheels today.

Currently finished in triple black, this Ghibli Spyder presents beautifully throughout. The black leather interior is in excellent condition, as is the engine bay, underbody, and hood. The odometer shows just under 50,000 kilometres, which is believed to be original. The Maserati has travelled minimal distance since its restoration.

Rarer than a Ferrari Daytona Spider and arguably more attractive, the Ghibli Spyder is considered by many to be one of the finest open grand touring cars Maserati has ever produced. Furthermore, only 25 4.7-litre Ghibli Spyders were built with manual transmissions and in left-hand drive for the European market. For cruising the Italian Riviera in top-down fashion, there truly is nothing better.





• Uno dei soli 83 esemplari costruiti di Ghibli Spyder con motore 4,7 litri
• Dotato del suo motore originale; meno di 50.000 chilometri percorsi da nuova
• Un esemplare costruito verso la fine della produzione, originariamente equipaggiato di aria condizionata, servosterzo e radio Becker Europa

Questa splendida Maserati Ghibli Spyder è stata consegnata al suo primo proprietario, un pilota di linea, a Roma, Italia. Un tardo esemplare con motore da 4,7 litri, con specifiche Europa e servosterzo, la macchina telaio 1079 è stata consegnata, secondo quantto documentato dalla Maserati Classiche, dipinta in giallo su interni in pelle nera,. Circa cinque anni dopo, la Ghibli è stata venduta al suo secondo proprietario, un americano che ha importato l'auto in Texas, dove è rimasta, in ottime condizioni originali, fino al 1985.

Lo stesso proprietario ha poi importato la Ghibli in Ontario, Canada, dove l’ha usata per diversi anni prima di intraprendere un accurato restauro della durata di più di due anni e che si sarebbe concluso con un costo totale in eccesso di $ 85.000. E’ in questo momento che la macchina viene riverniciata in nero. I cerchi originali di serie sulla Ghibli sono stati sostituiti con una serie di Borrani originali dopo che il proprietario ha avuto modo di avvicinare Carlo Borrani in persona e l’ha convinto a cedergli, ad un costo di circa $ 12.000, quattro delle ultime 12 ruote prodotte a mano. La macchina è, ancora oggi, equipaggiata con questi cerchi.

Attualmente finita in nero-nero-nero, vernice, capotte, interni, questa Ghibli Spyder si presenta splendida in tutto. Gli interni in pelle nera sono in ottime condizioni, così come il vano motore, la carrozzeria ed il tetto in tela. Il contachilometri mostra poco meno di 50.000 chilometri, che si credono essere quelli originali e la macchina ha percorso, dal restauro, un chilometraggio davvero minimo.

Più rara di una Ferrari Daytona Spider e probabilmente più attraente, la Ghibli Spyder è considerata da molti come una delle più belle vetture Gran Turismo aperte che Maserati abbia mai prodotto. Inoltre, sono solo 25 le Ghibli Spyder con motore da 4,7 litri costruite con cambio manuale e guida a sinistra con le specifiche per il mercato europeo. Per girare la riviera italiana a tetto aperto, non c'è davvero niente di meglio.

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