1977 Maserati KhamsinSOLD

Very low original miles, just serviced

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Only 17,900 original miles. 4.9 liter engine, auto, AC, power steering

The Khamsin was the follow on car to the Ghibli and was the last of the great front engine Maserati GT cars. Of all the Maserati models the Khamsin is perhaps the most misunderstood. The engine is the bullet proof four overhead cam, dry sump, 4.9 liter V8 that was also used on the Ghibli SS. The biggest improvement was in the suspension. For the first time a Maserati front engined GT car had a sophisticated independent rear suspension.

Brakes and power steering used a high pressure hydraulic system developed by Citroen. This same system controls the raising of the headlights and seat. Contrary to some magazine articles the shocks are the traditional type and not part of the hydraulic system. The Citroen system is quite reliable but many USA mechanics have no clue how to work on it and this sometimes has given it a bad reputation. The system is actually not difficult to maintain.

The styling, done by Gandini, of the Khamsin is breathtaking! The hood has non-symmetrical louvers and sits low do in part to the engine being of dry sump design. The back of the car gets the most attention with its vertical clear panel. Visibility when backing the car is superb! Unfortunately most Khamsin were exported to the USA and DOT regulations of that time did not allow for the stylistic bumper and position of the tail lights. While it was customary for Italian cars coming to the USA to get big ugly bumpers, on the Khamsin the big rubber bumpers plus the repositioning of the tail lights transformed a thing of beauty into one that looks rather heavy. Luckily Euro bumper kits are available and step by step instructions have been posted on the Khamsin Registry website. The automatic transmission fits the character of the Khamsin

I purchased this Khamsin in a package deal with a 1973 Bora. If you are familiar with my website you already know I have quite a few active projects, including a 67 Jaguar e-type and a 1959 Vignale spyder prototype. I therefore do not have the time to dedicate to this car.

The body on this car is very nice, without signs of accident damage or rust. Paint is quite good and should polish nicely. The interior is original and dirty. I would recommend dying the leather and cleaning the carpeting. One of the seats has an open stitch, which is easy to fix by a trim shop. Please refer to this article on tips on restoring leather: http://thecarnut.com/Manuals/Leather_Restoration.pdf

The hydraulic system is all operational, including the seat adjustment and headlight lift. I just replaced the main hydraulic accumulator.

Engine sounds great with very good oil pressure. Undercarriage looks very straight and there is no signs of car having been in an accident. I just serviced the automatic transmission and replaced the engine oil and filter, plus replaced the fuel filter. Overall a car that needs some TLC in the interior but is the type of thing that can be done by an enthusiast without having to spend a lot of money.

Reference Number 57133

as of 11/8/2009

Overview
Car 1977 Maserati Khamsin
VIN AM1120.US.1232 
Mileage 17,900 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
Options Interior: Leather interior 
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