Lot 182 - 1972 Maserati Ghibli Coupé
|Odometer reading||34,413 miles|
|Estimate||£165,000 - £175,000|
The stylist who was only in his 20's (later to become legendary) was Giorgetto Giugiaro, yet this car continues to be regarded as one of, if not his very finest achievement. Giulio Alfieri was responsible for engineering design at a time when Maserati was still fully under the control of the launching family of brothers. The robust race proven quad cam all alloy V8 engine featured dry sump lubrication which together with pop-up headlights, provided a very low bonnet line, good aerodynamics, and eye pleasing aesthetics. The four twin choke Weber fuelled 310bhp engine was particularly notable for having excellent low-end torque, ideally suited to the grand touring role of the car. Comparative road tests of the time, rated the refined Ghibli very favourably, relative to contemporary Ferrari and Lamborghini models of the same era. Ventilated disc brakes are highly effective, and the rear suspension features a particularly well located axle, controlled by radius arms, a Panhard rod, and roll bar.
This particular car is one of only 13 right hand drive, 4.7 litre, fixedhead coupés, registered from new in the UK and is a late 1972 model, benefitting from several product development enhancements including, the highly desirable power steering and robust ZF five speed manual transmission. The original exterior colour of yellow reflected the 60's trend for bright hues and has been retained ever since, so no tell-tale signs of respray changes. The mileometer shows 34,413 miles which is believed to be correct. The vendor acquired the car in 2008, after the previous owner had invested in an engine overhaul, gearbox refurbish and new clutch master and slave cylinders in 2001 at 31,614 miles. Extensive invoices show that the seller had the following work accomplished by McGrath Maserati in 2008/9 with the mileage at 32,186: rear axle, propshaft and brake overhaul, Campagnolo wheel refurbish and new Michelin XWX tyres, full seat and Alcantara dash top retrim, plus steering wheel retrim. Rev counter and clock overhaul. New main beam headlights. Most recently at 33,948 miles, Country Classic Cars of Midhurst overhauled the carbs, installed a new distributor cap, HT leads and points and accomplished a full service. Effectively, the vehicle has run less than 3,000 miles since, what amounts to close to, a full overhaul. This is a very well sorted and properly cared for beautiful car, rarely coming on the market, from a golden era when the notion of a supercar was effectively launched.
Previous lotLot 181 - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda
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