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British Maserati Ghibli barnfind from 1968 on sale

21 March 2013 7:36 No comments


Barnfinds such as these are very rare: a Ghibli from 1968 with chassis number AM1158586 from Great Britain. This one actually wasn’t hidden from the outside world for a very long time: it was last covered by a blanket in 1999. But still, we’re already 14 years further along… And now they want to put this restoration object on sale at Silverstone Auctions on the 17th of May 2013. The future owner of this piece of art will need to pay the – relatively low – amount of approx. 19.000 euros (24.500 dollars or 16.300 pounds). This car, designed by the young Giugiaro who was working for Ghia at the time, can then be restored in the extensive archive of Maserati Classiche in Bologna. This was brought to life only recently, to follow in the footsteps of Ferrari who have been doing this for quite a while already.

The ‘AM115’, that is how Maseratisti refer to this model, replaced the 5000 GT between 1965 and 1966. Ghibli is the name of a hot airflow above the inlands of Libya and will soon be returning on the new E-segment model of the brand with the trident. But back to this older version; it was made on a shortened platform of the Mexico and is characterized by its gorgeous wide and flat sloping backside. This Italian GT’s ‘smooth’ design, which was applied over the entire bodywork, is timeless and incredibly beautiful. Under the bonnet lies a 4.7l V8 producing 330 bhp. This block takes the Ghibli from 0-100 (0-60) in 6,8 seconds and onto a top speed of 270 km/h (168 mph). 1.149 of them were made in total and another 125 Spiders were added to that. The production stopped in 1973, when the less distinctive Kahmsin replaced this model. Back in the time, Citroën was the owner of this glorious Modenese brand.


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