Thursday, January 26, 2006

Background of Jonny's Maserati

I purchased my Maserati Ghibli in the summer of 2003. I was actually after a Ghibli Cup or a Ghibli GT, but was so impressed with the condition of this car when I saw it that I was convinced to change my mind and go for this. It was built in 1992 and registered in Italy in 1993, so was one of the first Ghiblis produced. It had a single owner in Pisa, Italy until 2003, when it was imported and registered in the Netherlands by the Maserati specialist from whom I purchased the car (from Jorrit (who I thoroughly recommend), formerly at the Roy Karsten workshop in Noordwijk, but now with his own workshop called Auto Forza in Noordwijkerhout). Despite being 10 years old when imported, the car had only 45,000 km on the clock and had obviously been well looked after; it still had (and still has) remnants of the protective plastic coating on the leather interior!

The car was built for the home Italian market; it has a 2.0 liter version of the bi-turbo engine, producing 306hp from the factory. The engine is coupled to the 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox. Since this is an early model Ghibli, the engine is fitted with a conventional distributor and has the original 7 spoke OZ racing 16" x 8" wheels, with 205x45 tires on the front and 225x45 on the back.

The interior is beige leather with the usual walnut trim. A steering column boss was custom made (by an associate of Jorrit at Auto Forza) and fitted behind the steering wheel in order to bring the steering wheel out a couple of inches; the car was obviously designed with Italians in mind!

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