1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS
In a still-standing Maserati tradition the Ghibli is named after a wind, the Libyan name for the hot and dry, south-western blowing desert Sirocco.
The 4.9-litre Ghibli SS was released in 1969. Its V8 engine displaced 4930 cc, and put out 335 PS (246 kW; 330 bhp); its top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph) made it the fastest Maserati road car ever produced.
A substantial history file confirms our car to be an original right hand drive version, built in 1970 for an Australian buyer.
Imported into the UK almost 25 years ago, an ongoing process of maintenance and renovation is clearly documented.
Unsurprisingly this car is a delight to use; the engine starts easily from cold and when hot. Pulling willingly through the gears and quickly achieving continental touring speeds. Long distance motoring is assisted by twin tanks and the five speed gearbox.
The roomy cockpit is in the best tradition of Gran Turismo automobile; the wide dashboard housing a battery of instruments. Sumptuous leather trimmed seats give an armchair ride as the scenery rockets past.
Probably the purest of designs by any manufacturer, the long bonnet with rear positioned cabin and purposeful, tail down, nose high, speedboat like stance are unrivalled in motoring design art.
Ready to take pole position in the most important car collection, the fortunate new owner will join an extremely exclusive club.