1967 Maserati Ghibli - Reader Ride

By: Mark Jansen, Photography by: Mark Bean

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Mark Jansen's 1967 Maserati Ghibli

It is a 1967 Maserati Ghibli. It is the first factory right-hand drive Ghibli built and was the star of the 1967 London Motorshow, giving it interesting provenance.

Around 1250 Ghiblis were made with about 10 per cent as right-hand drive, making this model extremely rare.

It is powered by a 4.7-litre V8 Maserati engine with a five-speed ZF gearbox. They also produced an SS version with a 4.9-litre engine. It is a fairly conventional layout of front engine and rear drive.

It is not a sports car but more a GT car and you can imagine cruising from Rome to Paris across Europe back in the day. That is what the car was built for. I chose the Maserati Ghibli as I have always had a soft spot for this model and wanted one in my collection.

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I have had the Ghibli in my list of top cars since I was a kid and I bought this car about 10 years ago, coincidentally from a friend in Melbourne who is also participating in the Maserati Global Gathering.

This car has been in Australia for about 15 years and I am the second owner in Australia and the fourth owner overall.

The only work I have done is the usual maintenance and I cleaned it up as I went along. It was starting to show its age so I had some body repairs done to it a few years ago with stone chips and a couple of rust bubbles rectified.

To drive it is really interesting. It is suited to the open road. As I said it’s a GT car and best suited to sweeping country roads not the sort of car to thrash around a track. But for cruising, it is just fantastic.


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