Saying that Maserati has a checquered history is an understatement. Founded by the Maserati brothers Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Ettore, and Ernesto in 1926, the marque's ownership changed hands seven times, including a partnership with PSA Peugeot Citroën and a short receivership under the Societa di Gestioni e Partecipazioni Industriali dello Stato Italiano (State Industrial Holdings Management Agency). Now Maserati is partnered with Alfa Romeo under the Fiat umbrella. In recent years, their sales success with models such as the Quattroporte and GranTurismo have ensured their survival.
The first Ghibli could certainly be regarded as a high point in the manufacturer's timeline. Introduced in 1967 with a quad cam, 4.7 liter V8 producing 335 horsepower, it was certainly a fast car for its time, capable of 60 mph in under seven seconds. It was also available with either a five speed manual or three speed automatic transmission.
This particular Ghibli was owned by the late Italian-American tenor Enzo Stuarti, who was an avid car enthusiast.
1967 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Litre Coupe, 3 documented owners, 40,000 original miles, single ownership for over 35yrs
Chassis No. 115.616
Engine No. 115.616
Maserati Ghiblis show up less frequently than many other classics, but that's because there are not many of them and owners are often reluctant to let them go. The Ghibli with its 4-cam V-8 engine, quartet of downdraft Weber carburetors, superb suspension, powerful brakes and sublime Giugiaro-designed, Bertone-built coachwork is one of the greatest Italian GTs.
Originally owned by the famous opera star and car collector, Enzo Stuarti, this low mileage and meticulously documented example still retains its numbers matching 4 cam V8 with the correct Weber 40 DCNL5 carbs and the highly desirable 5-speed transmission.
The Ghibli shows well as a high quality driver. The exterior paint finish was resprayed several years ago in a very complimenting dark blue. The original Borranis were professionally restored by Dayton Wire Wheel and put on new tires less than 500 miles ago.
Its cabin presents very nicely, including the original and undamaged seats and door panels. Being an “early Ghibli” the car has the better looking, sleeker small hubbed steering wheel, more reliable Lucas signal stalk and the desirable toggle switches instead of rockers. The “mouse-fur” dash cover was replaced along with the center console, shift boot, map pockets and the front carpets. The remainder of the carpeting is original. The factory radio was professionally refurbished last year and new speakers were placed. The original electric antenna, lamps and instruments work as they should.
The car runs, sounds and performs very well, just as an Italian exotic should. A new fuel pump and filter all around were installed recently along with a thorough tuning and synchronization of the carburetors. An upgraded alternator and battery has been installed, as well as a new Pertronix Optic Ignition system (installed by the Pertronix factory) with new Pertronix coil, new plugs and new plug wires. Large puller and pusher fans help keep everything running cool.
Over $5K was spent refurbishing the A/C system, including all new hoses, fittings, etc. The compressor and new high-efficiency condenser work great, even in Texas heat. The entire braking system has also been fully sorted through. Completing the Ghibli are multiple sets of keys for ignition, doors, glove box, both gas caps and rare steering column lock - correct and original jack, jack bag, spanner wrench, shop manuals, owner’s manual and several notebooks of tech data and other useful information.
• Such a Rare, Beautiful & Well-Documented Example
• Only 40k Documented Miles Since New
• Factory A/C, 5spd transmission, and wire wheels!
• Original Owner’s Manual, Jack with Bag & Lug Wrench
• Includes an EXTENSIVE folder of receipts dating back to 1971
I always felt the Ghibli lent itself better to darker colors, and in this case, with the blood red leather, it looks stunning. This car has certainly been well documented and the amount of refurbishment undertaken is reassuring for collectors who might be interested in adding one of Maserati's finest to their stable.