One of my favorite cars, and I’ve owned two of them, was the Ferrari Daytona. I was invited to ride in one when I was 13 years old and it immediately became my dream car.
Later, while delivering on my expectations in many ways, I also discovered shortcomings and could never decide if the Daytona was a sports car or a grand touring car. It had the size of a GT but some of the elements of a sports car, among them manual steering, which was extremely heavy while in stop-and-go or parking lot traffic. The Daytona was great at high speeds, but a physical handful in daily driving.
I replaced the second Daytona with a car that did much of what the Daytona did, but with more luxury and comfort as a true GT. It was still quite fast when pushed, but was a much more livable vehicle. That car was a Maserati Ghibli.
The Maserati Ghibli was introduced in 1966 at the Turin Motor Show as a 2-seat concept car. It was designed by Giugiaro and powered by the front-mounted Maserati 4.7-liter 4-cam V8 engine with 306 horsepower and a 5-speed manual gearbox, giving it a strong for the era 0-60 time of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. Maserati also released a higher-performance version of the Ghibli called the Ghibli SS. The SS had a 4.9-liter engine with 330 horsepower and a top speed of 174 mph, putting it firmly in the Daytonas performance category. Maserati would build only 425 examples of the Ghibli SS.
The Pick of the Day is a 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS finished in Red paint with an off-white leather interior.
According to the Pontiac, Michigan, dealer offing this car in an advertisement on ClassicCars.com, it has been under the care of the same owner since 1988.
The dealer notes that after a few years of ownership, the Ghibli was placed in the hands of Personalized Automotive Services of Kenosha, Wisconsin for a full restoration.
As an added bonus, this Ghibli SS was factory-equipped with air conditioning. The dealer adds that the car is completely numbers matching, something quite important for a car of this type.
The best part about the Ghibli is the price. The price for a Ferrari Daytona starts at around $450,000 and this 1971 Ghibli SS is being offered for $215,000, making it one of the few bargains for higher-end Italian GT cars.
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