1969-1973 Maserati Ghibli Spyder
The Maserati Ghibli Spyder was produced from 1969-1973. The Spyder is derived from the Ghibli coupe which began production in 1967. This was one of the most desired sports cars in the world during that era. Henry Ford II purchased the first Maserati Ghibli off the boat for $19,000 which was approximately 4 times the cost of a brand new Thunderbird.
The Ghibli Spyder came with a 4.7L or a 4.9L engine option ranging from 310-335 horsepower. The 4.9L did have a higher output over the smaller version in the Ghibli Spyder SS. It’s a cast aluminum dry-sump DOHC V8 that features 4 twin-choke Webber carburetors. The Maserati Ghibli Spyder came with a 5-speed manual or an optional 3-speed automatic transmission.
Depending on the setup, the Spyder can do 0-60mph in under 7 seconds with a top speed of over 150mph. That may sound modest compared to today’s standards but that was pretty fast for the times.
The Maserati Ghibli Spyder is an expensive and rare car with only 125 made. In the recent past, several Ghibli Spyders have sold up in the high six-figure range. We were able to see a Spyder in person when we covered the 2018 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance.