Evaluation: Desirable RHD 4.9 SS, represented as one of just eight built. Originally painted in Rosso Fuoco. Restored in the 1990s and repainted black under the current ownership. Very good recent paint with only minor swirls. The panel fit is very good for such big doors and hood. The exterior chrome follows suit with minor polishing lines. The passenger’s sill trim is clearly dinted. The wheels are good but the paint is slightly dull. Good leather with forgivable age creases. The interior retains some smell from petrol fumes. A hard-to-find configuration and only minor age on this lovely Maserati.
Bottom Line: We watched this car remain a £175,000 no-sale at Bonhams’ Goodwood Speedweek auction just last October, where it was the second-to-last lot of the sale. At the time we noted that the bidders were probably hedging their bets while contemplating the cost of returning this Ghibli SS to its original Rosso Fuoco, and felt that offer should have been taken. We were right, but the seller wisely adjusted expectations and took this more modest but far from lowball offer for it.