The Maserati Khamsin Grand Tourer first hit the stage at the 1972 Turin Auto Show, and was produced between 1974 and 1982. Designed by Marcell Gandini, this was the first collaboration between Bertone and Maserati. It was introduced for clientele that demanded a front-engine Grand Tourer on the lines of the previous Ghibli. The name was derived from a form of wind: “The Khamsin, a hot, violent gust blowing in the Eqyptian desert for fifty days a year”.
Some of the notable Khamsin styling cues include a prominent front wedge-shape, fastback roofline, and kammback rear end. The almost all-glass rear hatch provided phenomenal rear visibility. But the most distinguishable features are the asymmetrical vents on the bonnet and the inset “Floating” tail lights.
This particular Khamsin example has been meticulously maintained by all of its previous owners, including a former President of the Maserati Club. It was imported by a doctor in 1989 as a U.S. spec car, and later made its way to British Columbia. In the interim, this Khamsin received a professional repaint in a slightly darker Burgundy than the factory red, and was later converted from U.S. spec bumpers, to the Euro style “Floating” tail lights. Included in the sale are a set of owners manuals, parts manuals, and some extensive Khamsin maintenance material.
Over 8-years Maserati produced just 435 examples, of these only 155 examples were ever exported under U.S. configuration. Of the 155 US spec cars, it is estimated that only 55 were equipped with the automatic transmission. This car features an all-steel monocoque construction, with a rear tubular subframe. The front mounted 4.9L, DOHC, 16-valve V8 motor gave the Khamsin a 50/50 weight distribution. The engine was positioned so close towards the firewall that the full size spare tire is stored beneath the radiator.
From the factory these were outfitted with four double barrel 42 DCNF 41 Weber carbs, a double exhaust system with quad tips, and 4-wheel vented disc brakes. An estimated 335 horsepower is sent to the rear wheels by a 3-speed Borg Warner automatic transmission; the automatic transmission was only available by request.
All reasonable offers and trades are always considered. For any additional information, feel free to visit our showroom at 2475 Fairfield Ave, Black Rock, CT 06605, or give us a call at +(203) 335-9555. Specifications:
- 4.9L DOHC V8
- 3-speed Borg Warner automatic transmission
- 4-wheel vented disc brakes
- Blaupunkt Monte Carlo CD Player
- European Front & Rear Bumper Conversion
- Air Conditioning!