First registration date: 04/1971
Color: Cordoba Red
Power (kw): 246
Power (cv): 334
Cubic capacity: 4930 cc
Number of cylinders: 8
Fuel type: Petrol
1971 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9-Litre Coupé
Chassis no. AM115/49.1956
This example, a 4.9-litre SS version, was delivered new in Rome in April 1971,
having been ordered by a Sig. Basquini through Maserati’s flagship dealership,
Autosport in Bologna. Obviously an extrovert, Basquini specified a particularly lurid
shade of metallic green with a white Connolly hide interior
Later in its life the car found its way to Germany, but its most interesting history has been with the previous owner, President of the UK Maserati Club, Alexander Fyshe, who bought the car in 1989 to add to his collection. Having always wanted a Ghibli, Alex immediately knew that this matching-numbers example was a long-term car, and commissioned a restoration with marque specialists, McGrath Maserati.
Appreciating the need for the highest quality and attention to detail, Prestige Restorations was chosen as the bodywork partner, and the car spent the next four
years in restoration. Alex specified his personal choice of Rosso Cordoba exterior paint and a new Connolly leather interior in Crema.
The engine, though, has never been rebuilt, while the sensible provision of inertia-reel seat belts is the only notified deviation from factory specification.
On completion, the Ghibli debuted in 1993 at the Silverstone Festival where it won the Maserati Club Annual Concours. This would be the first of many concours trophies the car would win, as it was widely acknowledged as one of the very best.
The Ghibli would also feature in various magazines and books, including ‘Maserati Heritage’ by Sparrow/Ayre and even Quentin Willson’s ‘Cool Cars’!
However, Alexander fully intended to use the car and each year would take it on the Maserati International Rally, visiting Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and, of course, Italy on numerous occasions over the course of the next 20 years, proving that it always drove as well as it looked.
The quality of the restoration was such that even today the car still looks magnificent and has the reputation of ‘the one to beat’. Maintained throughout by Bill McGrath, it has seen less use in recent years, making its last public appearance at the Maserati gathering for the centenary at Silverstone in 2014.
Accompanying documentation consists of the Maserati Classiche full documentation, restoration invoices, a UK V5C registration document, and proof of import in BelgiumContact us