Created by Maserati, a pioneer in luxury Italian car manufacturing, the 1971 Maserati Ghibli Spyder debuted at the 1966 Turin Motor Show with every intent of stealing the show. At the time, this two-seater coupe with a V-8 became the most sought after Maserati vehicle since the 1950’s when the automaker left the racing circuit. It proved its popularity by outselling both the Ferrari Daytona and the Lamborghini Miura.
Whether it was the shark inspired nose or the steel body, the car’s design from Giorgetto Giugiaro most certainly turned heads. Internally, the 1971 Maserati Ghibli Spyder was powered by a 330 horsepower V-8 engine that could accelerate to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 154 mph. The car also had two fuel tanks that could be filled from either side of the roof pillars. As for the transmission, the Ghibli spyder came in either a five-speed manual or three-speed automatic.
To finish off its classic look, the 1971 Maserati Ghibli Spyder featured sports seats covered in leather, attractive pop-up headlights, and alloy wheels. Although it went out of production in 1973, the Ghibli Spyder continues to catch the attention of collectors and those looking to relive their youth.
The Porsche 550 Spyder was a model sports car that was produced by the Porsche family motor vehicles from 1953 to 56. The initial production of the car was introduced at the Paris Auto Show, offering a low body that is very low to the ground, offering for optimal fuel efficiency when put in racing conditions, which is what the Porsche 550 spyder was initially developed for. The newer model, which was developed in its final year of production in 1956, was a much lighter body and frame, offering a more rigide chassis system, which gave it a great body to race in many racing events and series.
The Porsche 550 Spyder was replaced in 1957 with the Porsche 718, which was far more successful in Formula 1 racing, due to the development, the low body frame, the compact size, and the easy of movement on the course, which the Porsche 550 Spyder did not offer to racers. Today, the Porsche 550 Spyder is known as the Porsche Boxster, which is a common sports car, and has gone through various changes, in order to offer a more fuel efficient sports car, and one that drivers feel the luxury and comfort while driving down the road in.
The original Porsche 550 Spyder offered fiberglass panels, which sat on a custom chassis, and was powered by a VW Porsche or Alfa Romeo flat 4- engine drive engine. These series were discontinued in 1956, which were replaced by the 550A, and its later series the 718.