1977 Maserati KhamsinSOLD

Coys Spring Auction - Royal Horticultural Hall - London - February 27, 2007

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Estimate: ú8,000-12,000

Sold ú10,586

Following the tradition of naming their models after strong winds, Maserati revealed the Khamsin at the 1972 Turin auto salon, where its superb looks drew strong praise from all observers. After a two year gestation period the new car entered production in 1974, where it met head on its market place competition, Lamborghini's Espada and the Aston Martin V8. Powered by a 4.9 litre version of Maserati's own quad camshaft V8, which was derived from the unit used to good effect in the firm's sports racing cars, this was common to the Bora and Ghibli SS and produced a claimed 320bhp at 5,500rpm. Obviously such a power output was sufficient to propel the car to very high speeds, whilst braking and steering incorporated Citroen's revolutionary hydraulics, providing superb manoeuvrability and control. The styling is timeless, as one would expect from Marcello Gandini the genius who heads Bertone's design company. Typical of Gandini's maverick design touches are the asymmetric vent across the bonnet and the vertical glass tail panel, with inset rear light clusters. This was without doubt an extraordinarily successful design. Limited production ran from 1974 until 1978, with a total of only 352 cars being produced.

The example presented here today is a very original 1976/1977 car with the addition of the desirable 'series II' cooling vents in the nose panel. It has covered fewer than 37,000 miles largely in the hands of private collectors. Incorporated in this lot is a comprehensive history file detailing regular maintenance by specialist garages in the UK. The interior trim has benefited recently from a partial re-trim creating an excellent internal space. Described as in very good condition throughout, the current owner also informs us that a UK registration document accompanies the car as well a file of bills and owners/parts manual.

Reference Number 7220

as of 2/16/2007

Car 1977 Maserati Khamsin
VIN AM120341