The remarkable thing about this car is that for many years it was used by its owner to commute from San Francisco to the campus of Stanford University, where the owner was professor of neurosurgery. It is rare that a car such as this is driven on such a regular basis. It has been both used with care, never having had an accident, and been maintained in top-class condition. Regular servicing has been carried out by Maserati Agy in San Francisco and the engine was rebuilt by Pacific Motors.
There was a period in the 1980s when it could not be used since it did not meet smog regulations. That has been fixed by using different carburetor jets and the original jets come with the car. For some of that period of inactivity it was on display in the Museum of Modem Art, and that was a very appropriate place for it be if it had to be denied access to the open road. The Ghibli is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cars ever made and was the work of Giorgio Giugiaro when he was head of styling at Ghia.
Maserati made only 125 Ghibli Spyders and it is one of those rare cars that are equally stunning as a coupe or a Spyder. This has the 4.9-liter version of Maserati’s classic quad-cam V8 which produces 335 bhp and a staggering 354 lb./ft. torque at 4000 rpm. Top speed is in excess of 150 mph and 0-60 mph is covered in a round eight seconds.
It is believed that this is one of only six Ghiblis made which has a factory hard top and the optional automatic transmission. Now finished in coffee livery and complemented by a beige interior, the amazing thing is that this car is also stunning when sporting the hard top. It is one of those rare occasions when a car with a hard top looks like it was designed with that in mind from the very beginning. You would expect nothing less from Giugario.