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Lot 206: 1979 Maserati Khamsin

Spirit of Motoring, Coys (29 September 2005)

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, Lamborghinis 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 a 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 assymetric 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. This example is a very late production model fitted with manual transmission and originally registered in 1979. It was bought by its current owner in 1997 who then undertook a restoration in 1997/98. It was stripped back to bare metal, repainted and mechanically sorted by Bill McGrath Maserati. The hydraulics and air conditioning are all reported to be in good order. It has been used regularly with half the total mileage has been done by the current owner. The car is entirely original, except for the coachwork colour (originally bronze) and the addition of a cd player. It has been properly maintained at Bill McGrath Maserati with regular services and expenditure whenever required. There are 4 nearly new tyres and the complete exhaust was replaced in 2002. Complete with the original spacesaver spare and tools, this represents a great opportunity to bring some life back to this fabulous Bertone styled car.

Lot Details
Auction Spirit of Motoring
Coys, Westminster, London SW1
TypeCar
Lot Number206
Estimate£4000-£6000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1979
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Registration numberAHX 17T
Mileage-
Chassis numberAM120.409
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