The Maserati Ghibli Cup Edition is a rare number and certainly now stands as a classic in its own right.
The Ghibli had run its course as a model and this final version was the run-out edition. Although the production of the GT, with which this model was based on, continued until 1998 although later with a 2.8-litre engine instead of the 2.0-litre until that was in the Cup edition. The 2.0-litre still produced an impressive 330bhp.
Externally the Cup Edition was identified by having different 5-spoke split rim wheels, different single exhaust pipe outlets, unique door badging and alloy fuel cap. Interior featured carbon finishings, Momo Steering wheel & alloy Gearknob & pedals.
During the sales of this car, the only appointed UK dealer for Maserati was Meridien in Lyndhurst. They imported 150 Ghiblis in total and that included the full total of the Cup cars at price of £47,500. Later on, Maranello Concessionaires took over and sold a further 17 GT UK cars in 1998, which were the final collection of bodies left at the factory after their refit in anticipation of the forthcoming 3200GT model.
A total of 26 Cup Edition Cars were sold by the UK Importer. The UK colours vary quite nicely among Grey, Blue, Silver, Red, Yellow, Black & Green. There are 4 different shades of blue, two different types of red and two different Greens. There are a couple of cars in unique colours and specs.
Of the RHD cars, 3 are in Grey, 8 are in Blue, 3 in Silver, 11 in Red, 2 in Yellow (One has been scrapped though) 1 of the Yellow cars was the last UK RHD to sell new, 2 in Black and 3 in Green. This makes a total of 32 RHD cars. Two being Australia, with a possible 4 other coming back to the UK from RHD countries. They all came with various interior leathers for each colour, some black, red or cream.
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