Classic 1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.7L Review Feb 14, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

Among the numerous classic cars that appeal to enthusiasts of Italian design, the Maserati Ghibli 4.7L stands out from the crowd. This grand touring coupe was available from 1967 to 1973, placing the 1969 right in the middle and giving it the perfect combination of classic styling with a refreshed interior.

Styling of the Ghibli

Styling on the Maserati Ghibli can only be described as decadent. It has a long fastback profile paired with a very low hood line and nose. Giorgio Giugiaro, then a young designer at GHIA, sculpted the car for the 1966 Turin Motor Show. This vehicle helped shift the market slightly, emphasizing defined corner edges, near-flat glass on the windows, and sharper surfaces. The shark-like design had magnesium alloy wheels and hidden headlamps. The front was a sharp contrast to the racing models from the 50s and 60s. The hood went all the way to the edge of the nose before chopping downward. This whole front fascia fits within the broad horizontal grille. The pop-up headlamps showcased round lamps in the cutting-edge Le Mans style. Look closely, and you may spot the chrome-trimmed side vents and integrated center bulge.

Inside the Ghibli

If you get the chance to sit inside a classic 1969 Maserati Ghibli, you will admire the classy interior. The thin-rimmed wood steering wheel is eye-catching with its golden lacquer finish and has throwback racing spokes. The dashboards are completely trimmed in leather and mimic the nose of the car, with the dash ending abruptly over the console items and vents. The Ghibli was trimmed throughout in leather, either white or black. The seats were plush and featured rounded cushions and wide ribs. This vehicle was also practical, with spacious twin fuel tanks and 18 to 24 cubic feet in the trunk depending on the body style. You may also get a Ghibli with air conditioning, radio, and power steering.

The Engine

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The engine in the Ghibli 4.7L is a 4.7-liter V8 dry-sump that peaked at 310 horsepower and 230 pound-feet of torque. This powertrain let it reach 159 miles per hour and go from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. The engine featured four chain-driven overhead camshafts, hemispherical combustion, and quad four-barrel, twin-choke Weber carburetors.

Buying a Classic

While you should be able to admire the 1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.7L from afar, you may have a much harder time getting your hands on one. A rare 1969 Spyder sold in 2012 for $407,000. Listed prices and official valuations for the 4.7L models are lower but still expensive. Finding and maintaining a classic car, especially a striking model like the Ghibli, is an exciting challenge.

Test Drive

Can’t buy a Maserati? Try the next best thing online and watch this thrilling test drive by SuperCarClassics. Listen to the V8 engine and watch this sleek coupe handle the curves. If you get the chance to drive a 1969 Ghibli, you will notice that this coupe excels when driving on sweeping, open circuits at high speeds—the way real cars were meant to be driven.

 

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