Named after the hot, sandy wind that blows from the south in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, the Khamsin was first shown as a prototype at the Turin Auto Show in 1972 and finally offered for sale by Maserati in 1974. With sharp, striking bodywork designed by Marcello Gandini at Bertone, the Khamsin had a 320 horsepower 4.9 liter V-8, fully independent rear suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. From Citroen, then Maserati’s parent company, the Khamsin also received high-pressure hydraulics for the power disc brakes as well as DIRAVI power steering, the world’s first variable assist power steering system. The Khamsin also had hydraulic seats, standard air conditioning and a unique glass panel between the taillights to improve the rear visibility that was notoriously poor on other wedge-shaped performance cars of the 1970s. The distinctive, futuristic Khamsin sold in very limited numbers, 421 in total and with less than half coming to the United States.
This 1977 Maserati Khamsin, chassis AM120-US1246, is a particularly strong, well-kept original example showing just 37,933 miles. Finished in white, it has a red leather interior, white painted Campagnolo wheels, remote mirrors and a JVC stereo system in addition to the standard power steering, power brakes and air conditioning. It is also equipped with a three-speed Borg-Warner automatic transmission. It runs and drives well. A usable, commendably original, well maintained and exceptionally rare classic Maserati with distinctive styling and excellent performance, it is a deeply impressive car that offers unusual performance and value for money.
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