Italian Muscle: 1968 Maserati Ghibli Project

1968 Maserati Ghibli Coupe Rear Corner

The Maserati Ghibli isn’t the most valuable or popular of the older Maseratis, but we really like the Ghibli coupe especially ones that have been storage most of their life. We found this 1968 Ghibli that has been in storage for the past 15 years in Modesto, CA. We think this Ghibli should go for a relatively low price on eBay, if the reserve isn’t set to high that is, with a current bid of $12,600

1968 Maserati Ghibli Coupe Front Corner

This Ghibli has some problems that should keep it from reaching a number much higher than where it is at right now. There are some nasty dings that are going to need to be pulled and straightened. There is also some rust starting to spread on the rockers and floor boards, none of it is too bad, but should be taken care of soon to avoid any other serious problems.

1968 Maserati Ghibli Coupe Engine

The other major problem here is that the 4.7 liter eight-cylinder engine was completely rebuilt 15 years ago, which should be a plus, but it wasn’t ever finished. All the parts needed to finish the car are still with it thankfully, but need to be cleaned up, inspected, and reinstalled. The task of putting this back together might be better left to a professional, but if you’re good with a wrench and a shop manual it wouldn’t be impossible to do yourself.

1968 Maserati Ghibli Coupe Interior

The interior is in excellent condition, with the only real problem being the missing horn button. Parts can be very expensive and hard to find for Maseratis, but the horn button shouldn’t cost that much to replace. The interior just needs a good cleaning and some leather treatment to look like new again. We would probably replace the carpet while we were at it.

1968 Maserati Ghibli Coupe Side

This Ghibli should make a great project for anyone that’s had some experience working on Italian cars from this era. This car looks really good in this color combination and we would try to salvage as much of the original paint as possible. We’ll keep an eye on this auction and hopefully the reserve will be met soon.

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  1. Pete

    In 1985 while I was stationed in germany I found a Ghibli exactly like this one. It was a run and driving example in great condition. Might have even been this very car. At the time the Duetche Mark exchange rate was 3.45DM to $1.00 so the asking price of 25,000 DM would have been 8K and some change. I was just jumping through hoops trying to buy this car and my wife nixed the idea because she wanted a Benz. If the car was still in the same condition I found it your looking at about 85K if it was nice enough. Damn I wish I hadn’t seen this car. Now I am gonna be thinking about a way to buy it. Thanks guys. LOL

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