One of the best things about being involved in motor racing is travelling to new places. Travelling means rental cars, and hopefully a cool convertible.

But you only need to rent a convertible in Southern California one time before realizing that a family does not fit in the vehicle well, the sun will burn dad’s head and the wind will mess up mom’s hair. Odds are that you’ve going to have to rent a four-door car to get your crew from A to B. But the selections are so boring!

Drive a Toyota Corolla, a kitchen appliance on wheels, in sunny Southern California? No way! Motoring through Malibu in the uninspiring Chevy Malibu? Nope!

There are some more interesting vehicles in the Elite and Premium categories, like a 3-Series BMW, but mostly the ‘nice cars’ are overweight SUVs… except this; the Maserati Ghibli.

The current Ghibli is the third series from the illustrious Italian marque. The original Maserati Ghibli AM115 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro (designer of the Subaru SVX) and was built from 1967 to 1973 as a 2-door GT with V8 power. The nameplate returned in 1992 with the Ghibli AM336, a boxy-looking sedan with a V6 turbo. Maserati then mothballed the name for 15 years until the Ghibli M157 debuted in 2013 as an executive luxury car with Italian flair.

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