The Original Ghibli Was One Of Maserati’s Finest Moments

If you think that current Maserati models are a bit of a letdown and that the automaker fared much better in the past, you’re definitely not the only one.

According to Doug DeMuro, unlike modern-day Maseratis, the original Ghibli was something special, and despite some quirks, was still a pleasure to drive.

While reviewing the car in Dubai, DeMuro talked about several things that made this Ghibli SS stand out. For starters, it came with an adjustable steering column, which was an extremely rare thing back then. Unfortunately, though, you could only adjust it for about an inch.

Other impressive features found on the Ghibli SS were the dimming interior mirror and the vast amount of storage spaces – which is where the fake rear seats come in. Let’s just say that, although it’s not the best of practices to leave anything of value to a parked vehicle, hiding them in a classic Ghibli is safer than in most other cars.

On the road, the Ghibli SS performs like a proper V8 grand tourer. DeMuro appreciated the car’s solid brakes (once you really applied some pressure to them), as well as the soundtrack. As for the rest, just scroll down and watch what else he has to say about the classic Maser in the video that follows.


  • Christian Wimmer

    Shot a 1969 Ghibli SS last year. Gorgeous car.

    I was even allowed to sit in it and depress the clutch – which felt like moving a brick!

    Here are the photos:

    • Honda NSX-R

      Nice pics 👍

      • Christian Wimmer

        Thanks! 🙂

  • europeon

    > If you think that current Maserati models are a bit of a letdown

    Your mom is a letdown.

    • Silimarina

      are you 12?we know that you are a Maserati guy, but that comment is inappropriate

      • europeon

        12? I wish. I’m 10.
        And my comment is very appropriate.

    • exeptor

      Well for sure they don’t have a car like this Ghibli. The current Granturismo is one of the best looking car (maybe in the whole history of cars) but is quite old one. All the other models are more or less …. well not crap, but not on the level of their competitors and definitely not justifying the price tag.

      • europeon

        > All the other models are more or less …. well not crap, but not on the level of their competitors and definitely not justifying the price tag.

        Might be, but they’re still the best cars Maserati ever made. The price tag is subjective, they certainly not worth the money in poverty spec, but properly optioned they do.
        I don’t know much about the US specs and price policies the dealers have, but I’ll give you the example of E43 in Europe, which is €15k cheaper than a Ghibli, but only adding a few options like heated and memory seats, parking sensors and cameras, navigation and double glazed windows – features that come standard with the Ghibli – you’re already in the same price range.

  • The last of Italian Maserati even that Ghibli is launched during Citroen era. The price has risen now, I remember when it’s undervalued compare to Daytona.

    • europeon

      The Ghibli I was pre-Citroën.

      • Yeah that’s why I say last of Italian Maserati, Despite that it was launched in Orsi era, Ghibli got a lot of improvement during the Citroen era and it’s considered part of Citroen era,

  • john1168

    Beautiful car! Maserati should do a modern/retro version that looks more like this classic.

  • Tullio Milano

    oh…proprio a voi di carscoops il gruppo FCA vi e antipatico…adesso criticate anche la MASERATI…..l’avevo detto una settimana fa…prendete molti soldi in pubblicita’ dalle case tedesche….siete patetici.

  • Enter Ranting

    “I might be going a little too fast around this corner,” as a Honda minivan passes him on the right. And was the right turn signal on the entire time he drove around Dubai? Other than that, today’s car designers could learn a lot from this car.

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