1968 Maserati Ghibli Spyder / AM115/S 1001 Chassis Information

1968 Maserati Ghibli photograph

1968 Maserati Ghibli photograph

1968 Maserati Ghibli photograph

1968 Maserati Ghibli photograph

1968 Maserati Ghibli photograph

1968 Maserati Ghibli photograph

1968 Maserati Ghibli photograph

1968 Maserati Ghibli photograph

1968 Maserati Ghibli photograph

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Spyder
Chassis #: AM115/S 1001
Engine # AM115/S 1001
Sold for $990,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey.
The first Ghibli was a two-door, 2+2 GT released in 1967. It debuted at the 1966 Turin Motor Show and proved to be the most popular Maserati since the 1950s, outselling the Ferrari Daytona and the Lamborghini Miura.

Ghia's Giorgetto Giugiaro designed the Ghibli's steel body, characterized by its low, shark-shaped nose. The first car was powered by a front mid-engine quad-cam 4.7-liter 310 horsepower V8 engine, making 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds with a top speed of 154 mph. Buyers could choose a ZF five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission. That kind of performance requires large amounts of fuel, so the car was fitted with two 13-gallon fuel tanks. It also features pop-up headlamps, leather sport seats and alloy wheels. The convertible Ghibli Spyder was introduced in 1969.

This particular car was the first Ghibli Spyder built, completed in 1968. It has subtle differences from production models: badge locations, fuel filler doors and space for a second set of spark plugs in the cylinder head. It was used as a show car for introduction at the Turin Motor Show in October, 1968 and again at Geneva in March, 1969. It was finally sold as a used car in 1969 to an Italian buyer. In 1975, it was sold to a broker in the United States who kept it in excellent condition with ideal storage conditions. The present owner acquired it in April 2014.

With only 1,170 coupes and 128 Spyders produced, all Ghibli Spyders are rare - but only one car can be the first, making this example truly one-of-a-kind.

Spyder
Chassis #: AM115/S 1001
Engine # AM115/S 1001
Sold for $990,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey.
The Maserati Ghibli, penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro while he was working for Ghia, was fitted with a potent 4.7-liter V8 engine. It had superb driving dynamics, attractive styling, and a price tag that was more than a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona.

This particular Ghibli is one of the one hundred twenty eight spyders and it has chassis and engine number AM115/S 1001, making it the first Ghibli Spyder ever produced. It was also the first example ever shown to the public. Ghia pulled the sheets off of this very car at Turin in October of 1968. At Turin, it wore bright Giallo (yellow) paintwork with a Testa di moro (dark brown) leather interior.

The prototype and production examples were similar, however the prototype did have a number of subtle differences. The prototype was given recesses in the door panels where the door handles are mounted. Also, the external fuel filler doors found on the rear deck of the production cars are not present on chassis 1001. Thus, the filler caps can only be accessed by opening the boot. The boot lid is longer on chassis 1001 than on the production spyders that followed, and it has a character line added to stiffen the lid. The radio antenna was mounted at the rear of the fender, and there is a trunk-lid release lever that operates inversely to that on production Ghibli Spyders. The Maserati and Ghibli badges are located on the driver's side of the rear fascia rather than split, as found on the production spyders. Under the bonnet, the cylinder heads on the engine have extra impressions to allow for twin-spark ignition for each cylinder; this was a configuration found on early versions of the 4.7-liter engine.

Maserati used the Spyder for display, developing and testing purposes. After it served those duties, the car was sold to its first private owner, Mr. Antonio Capuano, of Italy, in October 1969. Mr. Capuano retained the car for six years before selling it in 1975 to Libero Girardi. Mr. Girardi imported the car from Italy to the United States and sold it to his son-in-law, John Ferro. Mr. Ferro used the car sparingly before putting it into storage in 1986. At that time, the mileage was recorded to be just over 66,144 kilometers (41,100 miles). The car remained in static storage for nearly 3 decades before it would be seen again by the public.

The current caretaker acquired the car from Mr. Ferro.

It is believed that the car was given a repaint in its proper shade of Giallo in 1975. It has new tires and the stereo speakers and external mirrors were added at the time of the repaint. It has its original factory Campagnolo stickers on its alloy wheels.

The car's first public outing in nearly three decades was at the 2014 Concours d'Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan, where the car won the Debut Award in its inaugural concours appearance. Later that year, the Ghibli Spyder was shown at the Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance and received a Palmetto Award.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2015


2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,200,000-$1,800,000 
Sale Price :
$990,000

2016 1
2015 1
2012 3
2011 1
2010 1
2008 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2016$132,000$132,0001
2015$990,000$990,0001
2012$110,966$151,9283
2011$78,390$78,3901
2010$82,500$82,5001
2008$63,420$63,4201

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1968 sales)
1968 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Coupe by Ghia
Chassis#: AM115 758
Sold for $132,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1968 Maserati Ghibli image  1968 Maserati Ghibli image  
1968 Maserati Ghibli Spyder Prototype by Ghia
Chassis#: AM115/S 1001
Sold for $990,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1968 Maserati Ghibli image  1968 Maserati Ghibli image  
1968 Maserati Ghibli Coupé
Chassis#: AN115518
Sold for $151,928
  2012 RM Auctions at Monaco
1968 Maserati Ghibli image  
1968 Maserati Ghibli 4,7 litres coupé
Sold for $85,642
  2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
 
1968 Maserati Ghibli Berlinetta
Chassis#: AM 115578
Sold for $95,329
  2012 Bonhams - Paris, La Halle Freyssinet Motocars
 
1968 Maserati Ghibli Berlinetta
Chassis#: AM 115578
Sold for $78,390
  2011 Bonhams - Greenwich Concours d'Elegance: Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
 
1968 Maserati Ghibli
Chassis#: AM115578
Sold for $82,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
 
1968 Maserati Ghibli 4.7-Litre Coupe
Chassis#: AM115 640
Sold for $63,420
  2008 Bonhams - Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles Automobiles d'Exception
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1968 Maserati Ghibli's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1968 Maserati Ghibli 4.9LAM115/49/14862018 Artcurial : LeMans Classic $180,000$240,000
1968 Maserati Ghibli 4.7LAM 115 3882016 Rétromobile 2016 by Artcurial Motorcars $250,000$280,000
1968 MASERATI GHIBLI 4.7 COUPEAM115.5382016 Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa $320,000$360,000
1968 Maserati Ghibli Spyder by Campana 2006 Coys Auction Automoto D‘Epoca $60,000$65,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1967 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1967 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1967 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1967 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1967 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1967 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: AM115 062
Engine Num: OASS 4349
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1967 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: AM115.532
Engine Num: AM115.532
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1967 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: AM1154732
Engine Num: AM1154732
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1968 Coupe
Chassis Num: AM115 758
Engine Num: AM115 758
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1968 Spyder
Chassis Num: AM115/S 1001
Engine Num: AM115/S 1001
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1968 Coupe
Chassis Num: AN115518
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1969 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1969 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1969 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1969 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1969 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1969 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1969 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 115730
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1969 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: AM115 1160
Engine Num: AM115 1160
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1970 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1970 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1970 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1970 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1970 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1970 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1970 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1970 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1970 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 10334
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1970 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 1564
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1970 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 1572
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1970 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: AM115/S 1087
Engine Num: AM115/S 1087
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1970 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: AM11551227
Engine Num: AM 115/S * 1227
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1970 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: AM115S1177
Engine Num: AM115S1177
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1970 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: AM11S1185
Engine Num: S-2360
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1971 Convertible
Chassis Num: AM 115/S.49 1259
Engine Num: 1259
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1972 Coupe
Chassis Num: AM115.49.2490
Engine Num: AM115.49.2490
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1972 Coupe
Chassis Num: AM115/49 2462
Engine Num: AM115/49 2462
Chassis information for the Maserati Ghibli1972 Coupe
Chassis Num: AM115/49 2492
Engine Num: AM115/49 2492

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