1978 Maserati Khamsin
Year of manufacture1978
EU customs cleared in Holland
Chassis n° AM120/US*1242*
- Recent extensive restoration
- Rare example, breathtaking design
- High performance and driving qualities
The car offered here left the factory March 15, 1978, bound for the Los Angeles division of Maserati Automobiles INC the US importer. It was painted Oro Kelso (Kelso being the name of a famous race horse) with Senape (mustard) interior, 5 speed. The distributor kept it for media use including an article in Sports car Graphic and a photoshoot with movie starlet Judy Landers. It was then dispatched to the San Francisco dealer who fitted a Blaupunkt Berlin stalk radio with microphone and sold it in January 1979 to its first owner, Michael Broughton from Salem, Oregon. The car then changed hand a few times: January 1992, Ed Waterman of Motorcar Gallery Fort Lauderdale, Florida; July 1992, Toyota dealer and racer Javier Quiros from San Jose, Costa Rica; 1993 back to south Florida, summer 1999 at the Elkhart lake Wisconsin Concours ; Lance Everson Milwaukee. The later advertised it in the spring of 2002 which is when Maserati Khamsin Registry founder Marc Sonnery who had actually seen the car 12 years earlier in Fort Lauderdale. He purchased the car in April of 2004. After a thorough service by local expert Steve Claasen he began enjoying it and reached occasionally top speed runs where he saw an indicated 160mph a few times. In December of 2004 he changed the US spec bumpers to Euro version and displayed it at the 2005 Cavallino Classic. Sonnery then moved back to Europe thought the car remained in Florida and he sold it in 2007 to an enthusiastic Coupéle from Laguna Beach California. It was then sold to its current owner, a Dutch BMW dealer who gave it a bare metal repaint in the original Oro Kelso, refurbished the rims, fitted new tires, a complete new exhaust system and partly restored the interior.
Long a best kept secret for connoisseurs, the Khamsin is now recognized as one of the greatest Grand Tourers with excellent handling, incredible ease of use thanks to the hydraulics along with the added cachet of rarity since only 430 were made.