We like Maseratis as much as the next Italian car enthusiast, but Maserati’s always been like Ferrari’s less popular, less cool older brother. Generally speaking, a vintage Ferrari is much more sought after and more valuable than a vintage Maserati, but this painfully stylish 1969 Maserati Ghibli Spider is an exception.
Estimated to sell for between $900,000 and $1,200,00 at Mecum’s upcoming Monterey sale, this Ghibli Spider represents one of the finest examples of the first-generation Ghibli in existence. It boasts the rare 4.9-liter V8 engine, which is bored out form 4.7-liters and offered a 20 horsepower increase. The car is also 1 of just 15 produced with the 4.9-liter engine and a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Interestingly, the car was built for the U.S. market but has European spec rear taillights and front indicators. Many Euro-spec Ghiblis also came with the pictured Nardi leather wrapped wheel. It was delivered to Prestige Motors in Beverly Hills, California and was passed around the in the U.S. before a French buyer returned it to Europe for a restoration.
Maserati Classiche has certified it and its numbers-matching engine and gearbox. The car, chassis No. AM115/S1005, does not bear the ‘49’ stamp chassis number 4.9-liter V8 cars do as it was only the second Ghibli to be equipped with the engine and a letter from Maserati Classiche explaining this is included in the sale.
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