We’ve covered the DeTomaso Mangusta and the Iso Rivolta S4 Fidia, both of which were designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Today we’re going to take a look at another one of Giugario’s creations: the Maserati Ghibli.
First introduced in 1967, the Ghibli is a grand touring coupe that blended power and handling with copious amounts of Italian style. Ghibli is an Arabic word for a hot wind that blows in the Sahara Desert. Why Maserati decided to name a car after that, I have no idea.
The car itself is a beauty, with a shark-nose front end and a graceful roofline that flows seamlessly to the back of the car. With its long hood and short rear deck, its proportions are not unlike that of the Jaguar E-type. This is the first and only Ghibli I have ever run across, and I think the dark green and chrome goes together very well. It’s a great color for this car.
Under the hood is a 335 horsepower dual overhead cam V8 engine fed by four Weber carburetors, which could be paired to either a 5-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic transmission. The Ghibli has a top speed of 154 miles per hour – nowhere near the 185 that Joe Walsh’s Maserati goes, but still pretty impressive for a production passenger car in 1967.
Because it is a grand touring car, it’s meant to be taken on long road trips with a focus on driver comfort. This is not the car you would choose for sliding around a race track. With that in mind, it has a few luxuries such as leather sport seats, alloy wheels, and even pop-up headlights.
However, there is one little problem with the Ghibli. It’s supposed to be a grand touring car but it gulps fuel with the ferocity of wedding guests at an open bar. Maserati “solved” the problem by installing two 13.2 gallon fuel tanks in the Ghibli, which gives it the range to travel to neighboring cities.
In spite of the thirsty engine, this went on to become a popular car. By the time production ended in 1973, Maserati had sold approximately 1,150 of them. I think this is a pretty rare and interesting car that you don’t see everyday!