1978 Maserati Khamsin Coupé  Chassis no. AM120 409

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Lot 94
1978 Maserati Khamsin Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone Registration no. AHX 17T Chassis no. AM120 409

Sold for £ 80,000 (US$ 104,269) inc. premium
1978 Maserati Khamsin Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone

Registration no. AHX 17T
Chassis no. AM120 409

*Delivered new in the UK
*Right-hand drive
*ZF five-speed gearbox
*Extensively restored

Footnotes

  • 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 by Marcello Gandini 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. The Khamsin's conventional layout also made it easier to control close to the limit, while the speed-sensitive power steering enabled it to be driven as effortlessly in town as when crossing the Continent.

    Citroën's hydraulic technology (as found in the Maserati-engined Citroën SM) powered the brakes and steering - the latter, in particular, being rated as highly effective by testers - and also to raise the concealed headlamps. Designed by legendary engineering genius Giulio Alfieri, the power unit was a 4.9-litre version of Maserati's familiar quad-cam V8 developing 320bhp and a lusty 354lb/ft of torque. 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 150mph. 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 than the mid-engined Bora, providing a roomier and more comfortable interior and superior luggage carrying capacity.

    This right-hand drive Khamsin is number '409' of approximately 430 built over the nine-year production run and is one of only 71 imported into the UK. Equipped with the highly desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission, '409' is among the rarest of the rare. The car benefits from continual expenditure and maintenance, which is comprehensively documented in a substantial history file. Restored between 2011 and 2014 by specialists, including Bill McGrath Maserati, it comes with invoices for this period alone amounting to circa £30,000. '409' has been repainted in the correct period colour of Rosso Fuoco, and has a wonderfully patinated cream leather interior. Routinely exercised, it has covered very few miles since 2014 and has been featured in Classic Cars magazine (November 2013 edition). Offered with current MoT and a V5C registration document, this most iconic and beautiful Maserati is said to drive as it should: 'The faster it goes, the better it gets.'

Saleroom notices

  • Please be advised this is a 1979 car and not as published in the catalogue.
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1978 Maserati Khamsin Coupé  Chassis no. AM120 409
1978 Maserati Khamsin Coupé  Chassis no. AM120 409
1978 Maserati Khamsin Coupé  Chassis no. AM120 409
1978 Maserati Khamsin Coupé  Chassis no. AM120 409
1978 Maserati Khamsin Coupé  Chassis no. AM120 409
1978 Maserati Khamsin Coupé  Chassis no. AM120 409
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