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Lot 118: 1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Ex Adam Clayton of U2 - One of Eight Right-Hand Drive Examples
29 October 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Ex Adam Clayton of U2 - One of Eight Right-Hand Drive Examples
Reg. Number: UK Registered
Chassis Number: AM115/49.2472
Model: Ghibli 4.9 SS
Maserati needs no introduction. Already a legendary racing marque before the war, the company turned to the limited production of sports cars for the road in the 1950s. These proved to be highly successful, and manufacture continued throughout the ‘60s with the company taking credit for some of the most potent and luxurious cars of the era. None upheld this great tradition better than the magnificent Ghibli.
The model made its debut at the 1966 Turin Show, where it was received with rapturous acclaim. Over the preceding few years Maserati had tended towards slightly more refined and placid designs and so, like the wind from which it drew its name, the Ghibli came as a breath of fresh air. An American magazine in 1968 said of it, ‘The Ghibli is by far Maserati’s greatest contribution to the automotive world in the past 20 years. Its appearance alone gives one a feeling of opulence.’
1969 saw the appearance of a beautiful spyder derivative, whilst in 1970 a 4.9 litre version, offering increased speed and power (partially in response to the opposition from Ferrari’s new Daytona) was introduced under the name ‘Ghibli SS’. In this, its most desirable guise, the Ghibli reinforced its solid position on the market until its untimely demise. In total 1,149 coupés and 125 spyders were built, of which only a small proportion were of the SS variety.
First registered on the 18th April 1972 and one of only 8 right hand drive cars produced, it is presented in a beautiful Rosso Fucco with Nero Hide interior and Magnesium Campagnolo wheels this Maserati Ghibli is just one of eight right-hand drive examples ever made. Fully documented by Maserati Spa and confirmed as being in the original colour combination, the car’s extensive history file includes build sheets, delivery notes, final test data, the certificate of origin and the internal factory order. Further to this the file includes previous MOT’s, complete ownership records and service invoices from Maserati specialists McGrath Maserati and Terry Hoyle.
Described by its owner as being in excellent condition throughout, the car has been scrupulously looked after throughout its life, a significant sector of which was in the hands of U2 drummer Adam Clayton. An immaculate and rare example of one of the most iconic GT cars of its time, this right-hand drive Ghibli SS is a genuine collectors’ item. A strong investment and a delight to drive, opportunities to aquire something of this calibre, are few and far between.