1970 Maserati Ghibli SS Coupe 1 of 12 RHD Cars For Sale
Extremely rare right-hand drive Maserati Ghibli SS; it is one of only 12 right-hand drive SS models made, eight of which were coupés and the remaining four spiders. Right-hand drive chassis number '1854' was originally delivered to Alec Mildren PTY Ltd, of Pacific Highway, Pymble, NSW, Australia in September 1970. Ordered in Verde Gemma, a typically 1970s lime green metallic, with Bianca (white) leather interior, the car resided in the sunny climate of New South Wales until it was shipped to the UK in 1990. MoT'd that same year, it was first registered in the UK in June 1991.
From late 1994 through to May 1995, Windmill Classics carried out a body restoration at a cost of some £9,500, which included the replacement of both sills and foot well panels. The rubbers were replaced on refitting and the car fully serviced before being returned to its owner. In 1996 the car was sent to marque specialists Bill McGrath Ltd for a strip and rebuild of the engine (£10,300) and a full mechanical and detail refreshment (£3,669). McGrath continued to maintain the car, there being further bills on file including one for rebuilds of the suspension, brakes and steering in 2000 at a cost of some £6,500.
By late 2000 the Ghibli had been sold to Maserati UK for their Heritage Collection, and during their ownership through to 2005, somewhere in the order of £10,000 was spent internally at the Maranello Egham workshops. 2004 saw the engine removed once again and returned to McGrath for a complete strip and rebuild (£18,000) while additional sums of £9,000 and £4,200 were spent on further restoring and perfecting the car, including the installation of a stainless-steel exhaust system. In 2005 the chromework was re-plated and refitted together with new rear number plate lights.
Since its arrival in the UK ,'1854' has been enhanced in every respect and all of the foregoing information is substantiated by invoices or documents contained within the comprehensive file that accompanies it. In addition to the invoices, the file contains a copy of the car's original dispatch note; letter dated 1993 signed by Giordano Casarini of Maserati SpA, Modena confirming build details; Australian registration documents; shipping and customs documents; previous and current registration documents; expired tax discs; parts manuals and maintenance books; numerous photographs and a copy of Classic Cars magazine (see below). There is a separate file of the car's provenance, engine/body rebuilds and MoTs.
Now refinished in red with tan leather upholstery, '1854' remains in generally very good condition following its comprehensive restoration, wanting for nothing; although not a '100-point' concours car, it could be quite easily. It has graced the cover of Classic Cars magazine (September 2007 issue) and sits on restored and correct Campagnolo alloy wheels shod with Pirelli tyres.
A true late 1960’s icon, the Maserati Ghibli was first shown to the world at the 1966 Turin motor show. Named after the Ghibli winds from Northern Africa; a wind you would expect from such a motorcar.....
Car in first paint with service book. Timing belts have been changed and the mileage is 96.514km. The 2.0 litre 24V twin-turbo V6 produces over 300bhp with a 6 speed Getrag transmission and limited.....