Hello all, I'm very glad that Mr.Chadspeed has initiated this thread, as I think until recently all the pre Biturbo era Maseratis have been rather neglected, certainly when compared with their contemporaries from Ferrari, and more recently Lamborghini.
Roger has posted a picture of the project Ghibli which I am working on, so for those interested, here is the background and some more details.
I have wanted a Ghibli since I saw a picture of an orange one in the Ladybird book of cars when I was about 7 or 8 years old. Sadly by the time I came to look around, their prices had accelerated to such an extent that a decent one was out of reach.
I then spent a year searching for a good Khamsin with no luck, until late last year I found a project Ghibli in the South of France which looked in need of saving.....So to cut a long story short, having viewed and audited the parts, I decided to take the plunge and the car arrived in the UK in January 2012. The picture Roger posted is of the car whilst in France.
In all honesty, the chassis looks much the same at the moment. It is basically sound, having had new floors and door bottoms and skins at some stage, the work has been nicely done with great shutlines, but the front under valance and the battery box/spare wheel well are in need of re-fabrication
The car is missing rather a lot of bits, so I have been steadily ticking them off my shopping list, which is sometimes painfully expensive, and at others pleasingly wallet friendly. Maserati used Fiat 124 door handles for example, which were relatively cheap!
The car is an early one, chassis 274, so it has a very elegant dashboard with an impressive selection of Lucas toggle switches. It also has the 'drop down' bootlid, and the best bit, Borrani wire wheels with proper 'Knock-on' fittings. It was delivered in March 1968 in Pavia Northern Italy and from following Roger’s Ghibli restoration thread, I gather alot of people will be pleased that it will be restored to its original colour...Verde Gemma, the eye-searing lime green.
At some stage the car was in a bankruptcy sale, prior to which it lost its original engine. The vendor sourced a correct early engine with the proper ‘twin plug’ head castings but that is also in bits awaiting attention which will include crank grinding, new pistons and liners, valves, springs etc etc.
As you can probably tell by now there is a long way to go on this one! But I am making steady progress towards a complete car, and have imposed a target of early 2018 ready for the 50th birthday.
Regarding Gold colours for Ghiblis, Ivan Ruiz at the car nut website has a selection of Glidden paint chips which were current at the time. The most likely ones seem to be Oro Longchamps, Beige Indy and Oro Metallizzato, which is a bit more brown.
Anyway, here is a picture of a car in what I think is Oro Longchamps and it does look splendid. Very best regards to all.