Recommended Maserati Ghibli tyres
Maserati Ghibli tyres as recommended by Longstone Tyres. The 205VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN72 HS was fitted as original equipment to the first Maserati Ghibli.
PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN72 HS 205VR15
15" Ghibli tyres
Excl. Tax: $1,552.50 Incl. Tax: $1,863.00
Other Options for Maserati Ghibli
Excl. Tax: $1,267.65 Incl. Tax: $1,521.18
History of the Maserati Ghibli
The Maserati Ghibli was launched at the Turin Motor Show in 1966. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Ghia, the Ghibli continued Maserati's theme of naming cars after the wind. Ghibli being the name for a collection of winds blowing across the Sahara desert.
The Maserati Ghibli was based on a Mexico chassis that was shortened and given increased stiffness and rigidity. Vented disc brakes were on all four corners and a five-speed manual gearbox transmitted power to the rear. In 1968 a three-speed automatic gearbox was offered as an option.
The picture above shows the 205VR15 CN72 CINTURATO ™ HS tyre that PIRELLI put into production in 1964, which was original equipment for the Maserati Ghibli. On either side of this tyre are more modern 70% profile tyre sizes that are often fitted by mistake. On the left is a 205/70VR15, which is far too small in diameter, and on the right is a 215/70VR15 which is closer in dimensions and would also be a good tyre for the Maserati Ghibli. Some cars that fitted the 205VR15 CINTURATO ™ changed to the 215/70VR15 tyre when the low profile tyre was developed at the beginning of the 1970's
The Maserati Ghibli was put into production in 1967. Power came from Maserati's most powerful production engine yet, a 4.7-litre V8, producing 340 horsepower. The rear suspension utilised a live axle with leaf springs and an anti-roll bar while the front used an independent setup with double wishbones and coil springs plus anti-roll bar.
Unusually the Maserati Ghibli used a dry-sump lubrication system as opposed to the more traditional wet sump system that stores oil in a reservoir beneath the engine. Dry sump systems use a separate reservoir to hold oil, from where it is pumped into the engine for lubrication and then recirculated back into the reservoir. This design, popular on many racing cars of the era and even today used almost exclusively in high-performance applications, gave many advantages. First and perhaps most important to the Ghibli's menacing shape, it allowed for an engine with very little vertical height. Another benefit to the reduced engine height was that the Maserati Ghibli engine was very low in the cars chassis giving a low center of gravity. Dry sump lubrication also helps to prevent oil starvation and provides better oil cooling, making the Ghibli's engine suitable for both road and track.
The performance figures are still outstanding to this day. 0-60mph could be achieved in 6.4 seconds with a quarter mile passeing in 14.5 seconds. With the launch of the SS version and its 360hp, 4.9litre V8 in 1970, the Maserati Ghibli became capable of reaching speeds of over 170mph.
Pop-up lights and the dry-sump allowed for a low bonnet and an imposing front end featuring a wide grille of black mesh with the Maserati trident standing proudly at its centre. The windscreen's aggressive rake continued the theme, and it swept up to a low roof (the Maserati Ghibli stood just 45" high). The rear was finished with a Kamm tail.
In 1968 a convertible version was released, designed once again by Ghia. The option of a hard top made the vehicle suitable for all types of weather and driving conditions.
Production, which ended in 1973, totalled 1299 cars. Of these 125 were convertibles and 25 were SS convertibles.
Maserati Ghibli Borrani Wheels
Borrani wheels are still available for your Maserati Ghibli, as agents for the iconic Ruote Borrani Milano company we are able to supply all wheels from their extensive range.
Borrani Wheels for a Maserati Ghibli
Maserati Ghibli wheels made by Ruote Borrani Milano are, without doubt, the best wire wheels available. Borrani wheels utilise aluminium rims, steel spokes and steel wheel centres.
Maserati wheels made by Borrani are available in the following styles
- Painted silver finish, as per the racing wheels of the period
- Polished and chrome finish, highly polished rim, chrome spokes & wheel centre
- Painted finish with polished outer edge