The denomination Ghibli dates back to the 1960s, when Maserati decided to launch an eight-cylinder rear-wheel drive Gran Turismo on the market under the Giorgetto Giugiaro label. Only 1,170 copies were produced in its coupe body format and one of them, chassis number 1151564, had the honor of belonging to an icon of the 20th century and one of the most popular singers in history: Frank Sinatra. Now this car is going to be auctioned in Las Vegas.
In perfect condition
It is a copy of 1970 It was acquired by the stepson of a renowned artist, Wes Farrel, but after three years in his ownership it passed into the hands of a Sinatra who took the opportunity to personalize the Maserati Ghibli license plate. Since then, the lyrics FAS IV they can be seen in the rear of a vehicle that was later sold to actor George Hamilton, who later decided to ditch the Italian GT. That’s when Dave Thomas, the founder of the Wendy’s restaurant chain, the last known owner of this car, came into action.
Despite going through all these hands, the Ghibli that we have on screen presents an exceptional state of conservation And that is due to the care and recent repairs it has undergone, responsible for its paint and the black leather inside look this way. But of course, this is not the only thing that stands out since this car has barely traveled 21,000 miles during all these years, that is, about 33,800 kilometers. This will make collectors even more interested in this machine with an Italian passport.
Eight cylinders under the hood
Under the hood of this first-generation Ghibli is a 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine, which it developed fresh from the factory. 310 horsepower and a maximum torque of 393 Nm. Maserati offered this car with a three-speed automatic gearbox as an option, so Sinatra’s stepson settled for the standard-fitted five-speed manual transmission developed by ZF. This is responsible for sending all the energy to the rear axle and allowing the GT to reach 250 km / h.
Barrett-Jackson will auction this car at an event that will take place in Las Vegas, United States, June 17-19. The estimated sale price has not been published, although we know that the Ghibli will be released without reservation.
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