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.