1978 Maserati Khamsin
Year of manufacture1978
Chassis # AM120 / US *1238*
Engine No. AM115 / 07/49 *1238*
- An elegant, rare and underestimated model
- The last Alfieri Maserati
- Only 435 units made
With a name from an Egyptian wind, the Maserati Khamsin is the last engineered by Giulio Alfieri, featuring four overhead camshafts on the 320bhp 4.9 liter V8, independent suspension, Citroën power assistance for the brakes and the steering system. Marcello Gandini of Bertone designed a car that combined elegance with a very distinctive shape, featuring the original tail glass panel with its rectangular rear lamps.
The car on offer was sold new in the United States in March 1978. In 1989, it was brought to Europe by a German collector, who kept it for 17 years. When he sold the car through Mario Bernardi, a well known German specialist for Italian cars, to another enthusiast of the brand, the odometer showed only 17,600 miles. At that time, the Maserati Khamsin received new paint, and its color was changed from "Celeste Chiaro" to red "Trionfale". In 2012, during a visit to the Techno-Classica show in Essen, the current owner acquired the car to complement his very nice collection. The car received a lot of attention, as can be seen by the invoices in the document folder, totaling 15,000.
This car has its original engine and comes with a certificate of authenticity from Maserati. The red paint is in beautiful condition and the dark gray leather is superb. With the counter displaying just under 25,000 miles, the test drive showed that the car drives very well. For the future purchaser, this Khamsin has the advantage of having been in the hands of just a few, careful users, resulting it this nice presentation and very good condition.