1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS   Chassis no. AM115/49*2316* Engine no. AM115/49*2316*

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1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS
Coachwork by Ghia
Chassis no. AM115/49*2316*
Engine no. AM115/49*2316*

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1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS
Coachwork by Ghia

Chassis no. AM115/49*2316*
Engine no. AM115/49*2316*

4,930cc DOHC V8 Engine
4 Weber Carburetors
355bhp at 5,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Rare and Desirable 4.9 SS with ZF 5-Speed Gearbox
*Matching-Numbers US Model with Maserati Certificate of Origin
*Just 3 owners from new
*Impressive list of accompanying items with documented service history


THE MASERATI GHIBLI

A strong contender for the "most handsome car of the 1960s" title, Maserati's Ghibli debuted in coupe form at the Turin Motor Show in November 1966. Styled at Carrozzeria Ghia by Giorgetto Giugiaro and named after a Sahara Desert wind, the Ghibli rivaled the Ferrari Daytona for straight-line performance - its top speed was close to 275km/h (170mph) - while beating it for price. More than 4.5m long and 1.8m wide, the Ghibli occupied an inordinate amount of space for a mere two-seater, but perhaps the most startling aspect of its appearance was the height, or rather the lack of it.

Dry-sump lubrication enabled the engine to be mounted deep in the chassis, permitting a low bonnet line, while limited suspension travel ensured that the tires did not foul the wheel arches. The roofline fell away from the top of the steeply raked windscreen to the chopped-off tail, Giugiaro thus achieving a cabin lower than that of almost all the Ghibli's contemporaries, albeit one with restricted headroom for rear passengers.

Like the contemporary Mexico 2+2, the Ghibli used a shortened version of the Quattroporte saloon's tubular steel chassis in its live rear axle form. In preference to the more complex suspension designs favored by its rivals, the Ghibli used leaf springs and a single locating arm, a much more easily maintained arrangement.

The power unit was Maserati's powerful, four-cam, 90-degree V8, an engine derived from that of the 450S sports racer and first seen in road-going guise in the 5000GT. This was used in 4.7-liter form up to 1970 when it was superseded by the 4.9-liter SS version. At its release it was the fastest car Maserati had ever produced, with a top speed of 175 mph. In total, just 1,170 coupes and 125 spiders were produced over the production run; it is believed that just 250 Ghiblis were SS 4.9-liter models in any variation. Performance was stunning, with 160km/h (100mph) attainable in under 16 seconds. This neck-snapping acceleration resulted from the V8's enormous torque, which made the Ghibli one of the most flexible and easy-to-drive GTs of its era. One of the most stunning sports cars ever made, the Ghibli was a worthy rival for the Ferrari Daytona and represents exceptional value for money today, just as it did 40 years ago.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This stunning Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS was ordered new by the young Jane Weyerhauser, heiress to the Washington State timber fortune as a wedding gift for her husband, "Bo" Belinsky, the phenomenal left hand pitcher for the recently moved LA Dodgers. The car was ordered in the rarest and highest spec available with the powerful 4.9 Liter engine matted to a ZF 5-speed manual gearbox. The Ghia built, Giugiaro designed body was adorned in Argento Auteuil (Silver), while the interior was wrapped in black Connolly leather. Borrani spoked wheels rounded out the stunning SS.

Predictably, the car did nothing to encourage Belinsky, already a playboy on the LA scene, to settle down so the marriage was dissolved. Jane would retain the car as part of the divorce settlement. Perhaps to escape the unpleasant memories, Ms. Weyerhauser sold the car to Gary Snyder of Portland WA., who would cherish the car for the next 37 years. During his ownership, Mr. Snyder spared no expense in maintaining his car as a ring binder of receipts from Alfa of Tacoma will attest. Two of the more major upkeep items include an engine-out rebuild and a repaint in the current and timeless shade of Nero. After many enjoyable years, Mr. Snyder reached a time when the car no longer served a valid purpose in his life and he elected to sell it onward. Fortunately this decision coincided with the current owners hunt to acquire a Ghibli 4.9 SS for his collection after having a memorable experience driving a sister car in the Inaugural 3 day Chopard Dubai Rally.

One of the most Iconic GT cars of the 20th century, the Maserati Ghibli offers stellar V8 performance and classically proportioned styling. A finely preserved example like the one presented before you will find itself comfortable presented on the lawns of shows across the country and equally blitzing hundreds of miles of interstate. With all receipts, complete Maserati manuals, parts catalogs, wiring diagrams and the Maserati Classische paperwork documenting this build as an authentic 4.9 SS, this car is ready to provide the next owner an elegant motoring experience.
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