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1969 Maserati Ghibli Spyder : Classic Cars

Starting in 1969 Maserati offered a Spider version of the Ghibli. The clean lines that characterised Giugiaro’s design were a visual delight, the classic proportions of the front-engine configuration with a long bonnet and steeply raked windscreen produced this effect. It was strictly a two-seater. The fabric roof folded away neatly underneath a rear deck panel behind the seats and could be raised or lowered in just a matter of minutes. A stunning factory hardtop with large windows made the car a practical companion for all seasons, although only between 20 and 25 Ghibli Spyders were ever sold with it, making it an accessory that is in high demand amongst collectors today.

Along with the Simùn prototype, the Ghibli Spyder was one of the last projects Giugiaro worked on for Ghia in 1967 before setting up his own consultancy. In the 4.7 guise, the Ghibli Spyder was capable of reaching speeds of 250 kph (156 mph).

In 1973, the new V8 unit was immediately made available on the Spyder and the cars that were fitted with it were identified as a Ghibli Spyder SS. With 335 hp and a 270 kph top speed (169 mph) to match its stunning looks, it was one of the most desirable production cars in the world at that time. It was also one of the most expensive. Of just 125 Ghibli Spyders sold in the five years that the model was available, only a fifth were to SS spec – which today makes it a universally recognised and much sought after classic, to such an extent that more than a few coupés have been transformed into Spyders down the years.

As on the coupé, an automatic gearbox could be fitted upon request and a significant number of Ghiblis were sold with it, as the United States was always the model’s main market. At the Turin motor show in late 1970, minor changes were introduced to the Ghibli model line up, mainly involving the headlights, dashboard and headrests

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