The sensational Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed Maserati Ghibli is taking its turn among collectable exotics to shed some pounds.
The 4.7 Coupé, 4.9SS Coupé and 4.9 Spyder have all slipped into our top 20 Price Guide Movers on the Slide this month. Hardest hit is the 4.7 Coupé, down 5.3% to make project cars £57.5k, usable examples £80k and the best £140-180k, depending on level of perfection.
The more coveted 4.9SS Coupés held on better in percentage terms to give a price spread of £75-215k and the 4.9 Spyder did best, losing just 3.7% to bring in prices at £395-650k. After growing in value in the ever-present shadow of the Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona, it's inevitable that the Ghibli is now following it back down again amid what has been a general decline in collectable prices. But if you spot the past tense in the last sentence, it's there because this month's table of fallers is no longer dominated by such cars, save for a brace of Ferraris, plus a solitary Aston, Bentley and De Tomaso.
Although there aren't many exotic collectables in this issue's table of climbers either, they've been making more frequent visits over the past few issues. We're not ready to call a wholesale return to growth for this sector, more that it's confirmation that the most desirable models can be quick to recover from slumps and slides. It also shows that buyers are out there, if the price is sensible.
If lockdown had left enough unspent holiday and petrol funds in my account for a Ghibli Coupé – it hasn't – I'd be scouring the classifieds for one right now.