1967 Maserati Ghibli Featured on Latest Ignition Video

On this episode of Ignition, host Carlos Lago gets behind the wheel of a 1967 Maserati Ghibli. Lago is joined by Motor Trend technical director Frank Markus, who owns the Ghibli and provides a bit of history and insight into the classic Maserati.

Lago starts off by recounting the late 1960s when the Ghibli was introduced, a time period when a many notable grand tourers were on the road. Among them were the Ferrari 365 GTB/4, Lamborghini Miura, and Ghibli, though Lago points out that the Maserati outsold both of its Italian counterparts. Lago then drives the Ghibli through Michigan back roads, pointing out the coupe’s manual steering and great engine note. The Maserati’s suspension system wasn’t as advanced as the Ferrari or Lamborghini, but Lago says that doesn’t matter, because the Maserati was less about speed and more about style.

In fact, it’s one of the reasons why Markus bought the Ghibli. “I was absolutely knocked out by the styling of it,” he says.

Markus also says the Ghibli was “ridiculously affordable” when he bought it in 2000, and considers it a bargain compared to the more expensive Ferrari. Markus then provides a brief history lesson on both the Ghibli and Maserati’s circumstances during the late 1960s. He also mentions Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Ghibli’s designer who also penned the De Tomaso Mangusta.

Markus and Lago end the episode by pointing out why the Ghibli is more reliable and practical than the 365 GTB/4 and Miura, while providing a few more design tidbits and driving impressions. Watch the full episode below.

That was the era I grew up in, when I fell in love with cars.  There were so many wonderful cars in the market then, each with its distinct personality.  Today cars are more about being transport appliances.  The Germans dominate with their sterile, numbing cars.  It's sad really that the romance and fun of a road trip is all but lost.  Today people drive their SUVs to the mail.  thus the best selling cars, even German cars, are SUVs.  I still like to take road trips, through mountains and country roads.  I enjoy the driving, not so concerned about arriving quickly.  I'm very much in the minority.  This video was a grand reminder of what it used to be like to own a car.

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