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For Sale at Auction: 1972 Maserati Ghibli in Amelia Island, Florida

Vehicle Description

Chassis No. AM115/49 2316
Engine No. AM115/49 2316

The world was first introduced to Maserati Ghibli during the 1966 Turin Motor Show. Giorgetto Giugiaro, then chief designer at Ghia, was given no small task of designing the sleek and low-slung 2+2 to compete against the formidable competition of the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona and Lamborghini Miura. While it might not have had a V12, the refined Maserati was never short on power, with its 4.7-liter dry sump V8 producing 310 horsepower. Maserati would up the ante in 1969 with the introduction of the Ghibli SS. Power would spike to 335 hp with the engine's displacement increase to 4.9 liters. The additional power would make this the fastest Maserati road car produced to date, with a top speed of 174 mph. It was equipped with two twin-servo-assisted ventilated discs with three pistons per caliper to match this formidable speed.

While power and the resulting speed are lovely, a true Gran Turismo car must also transport its occupants in total comfort. The Ghibli SS came equipped with leather upholstery, heat-insulated glass, power windows, an anti-theft steering lock, reclining seats with headrests, an electrically heated rear window, and air conditioning. Pair amenities such as these with sports car performance, and the result is a marvelous GT car, one that exudes the unique blend of style and performance that 1970s Maseratis are known for.

This particular Ghibli was finished in June of 1972 and features a known ownership history starting with the original purchaser, the famed baseball player Bo Belinsky. Belinsky's Ghibli SS was the perfect fit for the ballplayer who was known as, 'The Playboy Pitcher.' As a result of their divorce, ownership of the Maserati would pass to his then-ex-wife, Jane Weyerhaeuser Belinsky. Records on file indicate she would sell the car through Alfa Romeo of Tacoma, Washington, to Gary Snyder on 31 December 1980 with a mere 14,000 miles.

In 1989, courtesy of the second owner, the car received a repaint, at which time the original Argento Auteuil (silver) was changed to the current shade of Black that it wears today. Never needing a complete restoration, this car benefits from regular service work. Starting in early 2012, a four-year mechanical restoration would commence. The main focus of the work was to remove and rebuild the original engine and pair it with a new stainless steel exhaust system. With a fresh engine, the complete brake system was overhauled, along with a refinish of the Borrani alloy wheels. A list of work completed during this period can be found in the receipts included with the history file from Alfa Romeo of Tacoma, Washington, totaling in excess of $60,000. A dedicated long-term owner, Gary Snyder kept the car for the following 36 years until it was sold in 2017 to the current consignors.

One of only 1,170 Ghibli coupes produced from 1966 to 1974, this fine example of a Ghibli SS benefits from a known ownership chain and each of those owners' careful and conscious dedication to preservation rather than a complete restoration. With research indicating the displayed 61,600 miles to be original, its fourth owner should be prepared for all of the thrills and excitement this thoroughbred 1970s Italian GT provided to the first three.

Vehicle Details

  • 1972 Maserati Ghibli
  • Listing ID: CC-1678765
  • Price: Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Amelia Island, Florida
  • Year:1972
  • Make:Maserati
  • Model:Ghibli
  • Odometer:61666
  • Stock Number:AM23_005
  • VIN:AM115/49 2316
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