Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234

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Lot 63
1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234

Sold for € 178,250 (US$ 198,000) inc. premium
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta'
1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone

Chassis no. AM120 234
Engine no. AM120 234
Maserati's final major introduction while under Citroën's control, the Khamsin (named after a hot Sahara Desert wind) debuted at the 1972 Turin Show and entered production in 1974. Styled and built at Bertone, the Khamsin's attractive, unitary construction, 2+2 hatchback body was of all steel construction. The front-engined Khamsin featured state-of-the-art, all independent, double-wishbone suspension similar to that of the mid-engined Bora and Merak which, combined with a 50/50 front/rear weight distribution, endowed the Khamsin with near perfect balance; and if its grip level was ultimately inferior to the Bora's, then the Khamsin's conventional layout made it easier to control close to the limit.

Citroën's hydraulic technology (as found in the Maserati-engined Citroën SM) was employed to power the brakes and steering - the latter, in particular, being rated as highly effective by testers - and also to raise the concealed headlamps. The power unit was a longer-stroke, 4.9-litre version of Maserati's familiar quad-cam V8 developing 320bhp at a lowly 5,500rpm and a lusty 354lb/ft of torque at 4,000 revs. A five-speed ZF manual gearbox or three-speed Borg-Warner automatic transmission were options, and when equipped with the former the Khamsin was good for around 240km/h (150mph). Although seemingly less exotic than the mid-engined Bora supercar, the Khamsin was Maserati's biggest-engined and most expensive offering at the time of its introduction, and thus could justifiably claim to be its top-of-the-range model. By virtue of its front-engined layout, the Khamsin offered greater practicality, providing a roomier and more comfortable interior and superior luggage carrying capacity.

'Just as it scores in terms of accommodation compared with a mid-engined car, so the Khamsin is generally quieter,' observed Autocar magazine. 'There is an exciting noise of cams in motion when the car is accelerating hard, but this is presumably no more than the enthusiastic owner would demand. There is very little of that tiring noise that nags away at the occupants when cruising at a high steady speed. In these circumstances the engine noise dies away to a whisper and wind noise never becomes apparent.' A mere 430 examples of this most exclusive and consummate Grand Routier had been made when production ceased in 1982.

Previously registered in the UK, this left-hand drive, manual transmission, three-owner Khamsin has been restored and is described by the vendor as in generally excellent condition, currently displaying a total of 64,669 kilometres on the odometer. Refurbishment has included a complete overhaul of the hydraulic system while more recently (in 2013) the brakes were overhauled. The car retains its original colour combination of Verde Scuro with Nero leather interior, and in June 2012 was judged 'Best in Show' at the Khamsin Quaranta in France. The accompanying history consists of a Certificate of Origin, sundry invoices and restoration photographs, a quantity of expired UK MoT certificates, UK V5 registration document and German TüV. Bonhams recommend close inspection of this very fine example in the centenary year of the marque.

Immatriculée au Royaume-Uni, cette Khamsin à conduite à gauche et transmission manuelle restaurée a connu trois propriétaires et est décrite par le vendeur comme en excellent état général, affichant un total de 64 669 km au compteur. Sa rénovation a compris la révision complète du système hydraulique et, plus récemment (2013), la réfection des freins. La voiture est dans ses couleurs d'origine Verde Scuro avec intérieur en cuir noir et a reçu le « best of show » au Khamsin Quaranta en France en juin 2012. L'historique comprend un certificat d'origine, différentes factures et des photos de la restauration, un grand nombre de certificats du MoT britannique périmés, ses papiers d'immatriculation V5 du Royaume-Uni et son TÜV allemand.
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Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
Voted Best of Show at 'Khamsin Quaranta',1977 Maserati Khamsin Coupé Chassis no. AM120 234 Engine no. AM120 234
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