SS Success – 1970 Maserati Ghibli SS

SS 4.9 V-8 Giugiaro coupePerhaps somewhat overshadowed by the Ferrari Daytona, the Maserati Ghibli is still one of the great classic Italian GT cars with ample power, elegant interior, and styling that has perhaps aged better than the Ferrari. The V-8 engined Ghibli debuted in 1967 with a 4.7 liter V-8 engine that made around 310 horsepower and either a ZF 5-speed manual or 3-speed automatic. Why anyone would have bought such a car in automatic just seems crazy, but to each his own. The 4.7 liter cars, while heavy, were no slouches and could reach 150 miles per hour and then a few, but for 1969 the 4.9 liter, 335 horsepower Ghibli SS arrived, making the Giugiaro-designed coupe the fastest Maserati production car.

Obviously, everybody likes more power, so the SS version of the Ghibli is typically the more desirable car. The car featured here, located in Dawsonville, Georgia, is a striking driver-quality SS that looks ready for an epic drive back to its new home. According to the seller:

This is the more desirable European version of the Ghibli SS. Car was sold October 1970 in Bologna, Italy. Original colors were Rosso Fuoco with black leather (same as today). Has its matching number 4.9 liter engine. 5 speed ZF gearbox, 61K kilometers (approx 37,800 miles). Excellent engine compression with an average of 165 psi across the cylinders. Oil pressure is very good at 100psi at 3,000 rpm at normal temperature. The car runs and sounds excellent! It idles very good and pulls strong. Gearbox, clutch and brakes all work as they should. Gauges (except clock) are in working order. Headlights, wipers, power windows, lights, etc work.  It has AC but it has been too cold to test. The heater works fine.

Paint is good for a driver but it has some prior improper repairs in the bottom of the doors. The passenger does bottom does not fit well because of this improper repair. I sold this car 4 years ago and the paint and body were the same. Personally I would redo the bottom of the doors as the prices of these cars continue to increase and this car deserves to have this fixed properly.  There are also small rust bubbles forming on the front of the hood (very common Ghibli problem). Overall the car looks very good and could be enjoyed as is for many years.

The car does clearly have a few flaws, but it all seems honestly advertised. It would also be a much hotter item if it were an SS Spyder, of which there were only around 25 built. This particular car could, though, be almost perfect with some work, and comes with goodies like the original tool kit and owners manual. It also reportedly appeared in a 2009 issue of Vogue, in which Gisele Bundchen was pressed up against it. Like the car wasn’t sexy enough on its own.

Check out the 1970 Maserati Ghibli SS here on eBay, where the “Buy It Now” price is set at a slightly high $113,500.


  1. Hugh Knight says:

    One of my all-time favorites…and in the right color to boot. Looks like a fair selling price too.

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