Maserati Ghibli

Maserati GhibliIntroduced at the Turin Motorshow in 1966 (on the Ghia stand) and entering production a year later, the Ghibli (Tipo 115) was based on a shortened Mexico chassis (which was itself a shortened Quattroporte chassis). Various other modifications were also made to the chassis including extra members to increase the stiffness, although the suspension layout remained the same, including the live rear axle and leaf springs. The engine, still a 4.7-litre V8 had its power increased to 340bhp.

A new two door body with accomodation for 2+2 was designed by Giugiaro, working at Ghia. The bonnet line was kept low by using a dry sump for the engine and pop-up headlights. As well as the coupe there was a convertible also designed by Ghia which was introduced in 1968. The latter was also available with a hard-top, whilst in that same year an automatic transmission became Maserati Ghibli Spideravailable in both versions. This was followed in 1970 by the introduction of the Ghibli SS which had a 4.9-litre engine with 355bhp.

Production ended in 1973 by which time some 1,149 Ghibli Coupes, 125 Spyders and 25 Spyder SS's had been constructed.

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Technical Details
Engine 4719cc (94x85mm) V8 quad cam with 340bhp @ 5,000rpm
4930cc (94x89mm) V8 quad cam with 355bhp @ 5,500rpm
Suspension  front : independent with double wishbones and coil springs plus anti-roll bar
rear : live axle with leaf springs plus anti-roll bar
wheelbase : 2550mm
track (front/rear) : 1440mm/1420mm
Brakes ventilated discs all round
servo assistance, dual circuit
Steering Worm and sector (power assistance optional)
Transmission 5 speed manual (3 speed automatic available as option)
dry, single-plate clutch
Kerb weight 1530kg

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Maserati Ghibli Spyder SS
Maserati Ghibli

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