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Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli (Italy, 1966-1973)

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History and Development

Maserati released the first generation of the two-seater Ghibli at the 1966 Turin Motor Show. The coupé entered production the following year and a Spyder body variant was also released.

This car is characterized for its two fuel tanks, which together could carry up to 100 liters of fuel and each one had its flap on either side of the car. In 1973 Maserati stopped production of the Ghibli I and nearly 1300 cars were built.



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Engine and Transmission

The Ghibli’s V8 front engine came with 4.7 and 4.9-liter displacements and was able to deliver 330 and 335 hp, depending on the version. Top speeds for this rear-wheel drive car ranged from 154 to 174 mi/h (248 to 280 km/h).

The series I Ghibli’s transmission was based on a ZF 5-speed manual gearbox.



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Chassis

Welded tubular steel frame.   Platform
  Suspension The Ghibli’s independent front suspension uses upper and lower A-arms with coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers and an anti-roll bar. A live Salisbury rear axle with semi elliptic leaf springs and radius rods, telescopic shocks and another anti-roll bar compose the rear suspension.   Steering Worm and sector power steering.   Brakes All-wheels Girling ventilated disc brakes, hydraulically operated.



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Body and Design

The roadster Ghibli I comes in 2+2-seat coupé and 2-seat spyder (with optional hardtop) body styles.

Carrozzeria Ghia’s head of design at that time, the young Giorgetto Giugiaro, is the man that generated the first series of the Ghibli, known for its shark-shaped ‘nose’ (bonnet). Ghia then built the all-steel shell car.



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