1967 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Coupe

by | Apr 1, 2019

©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

1967 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Coupe

by | Apr 1, 2019

©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

YEAR

1967

MODEL

Ghibli 4.7 Coupe

MANUFACTURER

Maserati

ESTIMATE (US)

$200,000 - $280,000

ENGINE NUMBER

AM115 004

CHASSIS NUMBER

AM115 004

AUCTION COMPANY

Rm Sotheby's

AUCTION DATE

April 11-12

Be careful when you say “Maserati Ghibli.” That name, which is a Libyan desert wind, has blown through three of the Italian automaker’s models. You could buy one from a Maserati dealer today, a midsize luxury sedan. In the mid-1990s, the name graced a twin-turbo coupe. Originally, the Maserati Ghibli was a formidable Italian exotic car built as a coupe or convertible starting in 1967.

The body design was penned by one of the best, Giorgetto Giugiaro, in his early years while working for Carrozzeria Ghia. The designer has an example in his collection. The classic long-hood design features pop-up headlights, which were making a comeback in that era.

Maserati was famous for its V-8 engines, as in its World Sports Car Championship 450S sports cars. A four-cam, dry-sump 4.7-liter version with 306 horsepower was fitted to the original Ghiblis. It was backed by a five-speed manual or three-speed automatic.

Second off the production line in March 1967 was Ghibli chassis 004, which is Lot 230 at RM Sotheby’s upcoming auction in Essen, Germany, on April 12. Originally painted red — Rosso Rubino — it had a place of honor on Maserati’s stand at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show.

The car stayed in Switzerland after the show but sadly suffered fire damage at some point. Sold to Max Saxer in 1975, 004 was redone in green with a black interior. That combination must have suited Saxer because the Maserati remained in the family for 38 years, being passed on to Max Saxer Jr.

It wasn’t until 2013 that the family sold the Ghibli, and it became part of a Maserati collection in Germany. It’s one of 1,149 created, and the fact this is just the second off the production line likely helps raise the expected bidding range to $204,000 to $283,000.

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