Maserati Ghibli comes out of hiding after 14 years

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A Maserati Ghibli with a low estimate of just £12,000 is to be auctioned in May.

But before you get too excited, the 1968 car has been in storage for 14 years and, even though it looks fairly together in the picture, apparently it will need a full restoration, which would dwarf the purchase cost.

If that doesn't put you off, it will be sold at Silverstone Auctions' International Trophy Sale on 17 May.

Silverstone Auctions MD Nick Whale said: "With some loving care and attention, this stunning Ghibli can once again rule the road as one of the most beautiful Maseratis to be built.

"Indeed, it’s not every day that such a unique opportunity is presented in the classic car world, so I would urge interested parties to get in touch with Silverstone Auctions for more information about this car."

Comments

jaredhoke

I have a friend who owns one of these. I saw it again recently, and was struck by its dated look. Something about this vintage of Italian design doesn't wear well. It's clean and purposeful and sensible ... but cool, detached and clinical. It does not excite ... to my eye, anyway, and my guess is that I am not alone. Thus a big investment, as would be necessary with this car, may not be wise .... unless you happen to be one of the few who LIKES this vintage. And you have lots of money to spend.

Jared Hoke

Marine on St Croix MN USA

simpatico

You may be more alone than you think Jared ;-) Ignore the stupidly low estimate (which auction houses do to capture your interest anfd fill you with false hope) and watch the bidding go silly

Chris Martin

I have to disagree with Jared totally. I too suspect this will more than double the low estimate, but more importantly it will be a solid investment whatever the cost. While Jared is feeling lonely, the many folks who do like that era of sixties Italian will be egging the bidding on.
I wonder if the growing apprecation of classics from this era has anything to do with the way the modern designs from the iconic Italian brands have backed themselves into an origami corner with the trend to ever lower and wider wedges making this car look even more individual and attractive and worthy of parking alonside such contemporary gems as Daytona and Miura. This section of the classic market is surely driven by the style and design details of the era rather than just nostalgia for it's own sake.
Put me down for an opening bid of twenty grand, I'll have to worry about the shipping and logistics later.
Chris M.

 

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