1975 Maserati Khamsin SpyderSOLD

Christie's Retromobile Paris Auction - February, 16 & 17th, 2007

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Estimate 70,000 - 120,000 Euros
Result (incl.) 76,375 Euros

Engine: eight cylinders in 90 degree V, 4,930cc, 320bhp at 5,500rpm; Gearbox: three speed automatic; Suspension: independent with coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar to front, coil springs and twin telescopic shock absorbers to rear; Brakes: hydraulically operated and assisted discs all round. Left hand drive.

Model History

Successor to the Indy and to the Ghibli before that, the Khamsin was at once more innovative in its design and more striking in its appearance. Handling was keen and precise thanks in part to the CitroŰn hydraulic system that assisted steering and brakes, and power was plentiful thanks to the throaty dry-sumped four-cam five litre V8. The deft touch of Marcel Gandini's cutting-edge styling completed the package.

History of this car

Chassis 1030 began life as a standard coupe built to American specifications. It was sent to the West Coast concessionary in the U.S., who was concerned that the company no longer provided any convertible models, and whose solution was to create one himself. Much research has been conducted by the current owner into the origins of the Spyder, and yet the passage of time and the lack of records have left details such as who performed the conversion somewhat hazy. It has been suggested that it is the work of Richard Straman, but whether this is true or not it is clear that it was a thorough and professional job.

The car was shown by the concessionary to his clients but apparently failed to create enough interest to be followed up. It passed instead to a Motorcar Gallery of Fort Lauderdale, from where it was bought by a Dutchman and displayed at various shows around the globe before being put into storage.

Two years later it was from here that the car passed to the current owner in 1994, by which point the Spyder had covered a mere 7,700 miles. Some minor cosmetic work was necessary but mechanically it was in good working condition. Not afraid to use the car, the current owner soon discovered that the cabin became excessively hot, a problem traced to the exhaust system. An encounter with an inattentive driver at the traffic lights offered the opportunity to exchange this for one of European specification, as well as to revert to the more attractive European-style rear bumper and light arrangement.

Now with less than 11,200 miles showing on the odometer, when inspected the engine started readily, the hydraulic system pressurized readily, and the car drove correctly and easily. The bodywork appears to be free from corrosion, and the interior is clearly used but free from damage. In all, this stylish and unique car appears to have been used when desired and maintained as necessary.

The Khamsin Spyder has been a highlight of shows and club meetings across the world, as well as starring on French television channel M6. Now also equipped with a sympathetically-designed fibreglass hard-top, it would be a unique and usable addition to any Maserati collection.

Reference Number 6938

as of 2/1/2007

Car 1975 Maserati Khamsin Spyder
VIN AM120US.1030 
Exterior / Interior Color      Blue /      Blue 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
Options Exterior: Alloy rims, Metallic paint
Interior: Leather interior 
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