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The Maserati Ghibli, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, was first displayed at the Turin Motor Show in 1966. At 6ft wide and 15ft long, the Ghibli was a striking statement from Maserati and the car wasn't pulling any punches with a 4.7 litre V8 engine under the bonnet - derived from the FIA World Championship 450s sports racer, which could propel the car to the 170mph mark. The styling of the Ghibli was what made it such a hit with its low, sleek coupe body, combined with a luxurious interior and other comforts such as air conditioning. There were limited numbers of the car produced, making it an extremely collectible item. Indeed, Giugiaro commented that the Ghibli is a car that "I keep designing in my head over and over, and I can never improve upon."
This particular Right Hand Drive Ghibli was manufactured in 1971 with a 4.7 litre engine and the rare automatic gearbox. In the early 1980's the car was purchased by the world's largest car collector the Sultan of Brunei and arrived with Bill McGrath in Hertfordshire, who set to work restoring the car for its exacting owner. The Maserati was effectively a blank canvas and the nature of the recipient meant that a substantial amount of money could be allocated to restoring the car to match the Sultan's very high standards. It should be noted that during the 1980's, parts for Maserati's were much more readily available, meaning the list of potential components and materials that could be used was extensive. The body was sent to Vale Cottage Motors in Hornsey and was returned in smooth gloss black paint. The restoration was extensive and complete, with new glass fitted, the engine rebuilt, new cylinder heads installed and brand new chrome Borrani wire wheels. The work carried out was to concours standard and everything that could be chromed was chromed, including the air filter nuts. A complete stainless steel exhaust system was hand polished and installed, along with an enlarged air conditioning system and new in-car Hi-Fi unit. The interior was trimmed in black leather and finished with red piping. Upon completion, the car was flown out to Brunei to be enjoyed by the Sultan.
In the early 2000's, the car was acquired by a company in Essex in order to undergo another restoration. In 2002 the car returned to the UK and was used sparingly until 2014, when it was completely overhauled and made new once again by the famous Ferrari specialist, Bob Houghton. The car was this time repainted in a spectacular Midnight Metallic Blue, complimented with black leather and accompanying black carpets. As one can imagine this resplendent Ghibli is now presented in outstanding condition and is ready to be used and enjoyed immediately.
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