1977 Maserati Kyalami

4.2

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    5/1977
  • Mileage 
    130 000 km / 80 779 mi
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Chassis number 
    AM1290020
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior colour 
    Beige
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    4
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Performance 
    253 PS / 187 kW / 250 BHP
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

1977 Maserati Kyalami 4.2 manual
swiss deliverd, very well mentained and documented
history vehicle status in switzerland

Even if the brand Maserati has been founded in Bologna in 1914 by Alfieri Maserati, the history that most people know starts in 1937 when the Orsi family buys a large amount of shares from the Maserati brothers.
Between 1937 and 1958, the brand will be highly involved in motorsports, Adolfo Orsi being passionate about racing. Innovation has always been the priority, resulting in many victories, pre-war and post-war. The most important is obviously the 1957 Formula 1 Championship with Juan Manuel Fangio and the iconic Maserati 250F. This wouldn’t have been possible without the best team of engineers, like Massimino, Alfieri, Bellentani or Colombo, the father of the legendary Ferrari V12.
The brand will also produce some of the most mesmerizing sports cars ever, like the A6GCS, the 300S, or the incredible Tipo 60 and 61 Birdcage.
But all this racing program has a (high) cost, which is not covered by the sales to Gentlemen Drivers, and in 1958, the financial issues force Maserati to stop the works racing program.

In 1958, Maserati launched their first Gran Turismo, the first of a long tradition: the 3500 GT.
In 1963, they launched the first generation of QuattroPorte, designed by Pietro Frua, the fastest sedan in the world!
In 1966, the iconic Ghibli, designed by Giugiaro, replaced the 3500 GT. Competitor of the Ferrari Daytona and the Lamborghini Miura, it has been a huge commercial success for Maserati, but not enough to save the brand, and in 1968, Citroën takes the control of Maserati.
The first result of the cooperation is the iconic Citroën SM in 1970, equipped with the brand new Maserati V6 engine, which proved to be everything but reliable.
Following that commercial disaster, Citroën went bankrupt in 1975 and abandoned Maserati, which was sold to a state company to bail it out, before Alejandro de Tomaso took it over! The start of a new era!

The Maserati Kyalami has been launched at the 1976 Geneva Motor Show. To reduce costs, Alejandro de Tomaso decided to use the De Tomaso Longchamp as a base, but with some improvements: the American engine has been swapped in favor of the excellent 4.2 V8 Maserati engine (optional 4.9 for 74 cars), and the car has been redesigned by Pietro Frua, mostly the front and the back ends, resulting in a very elegant GT, in the pure tradition of the brand, 4 years after the production of the Mexico ended.
The car we’re offering for sale is a rare pre-series model, the fifth of around 200 Kyalami produced, as experts of the brand attest. It is very distinctive, with some specific details. It is a 4.2 version equipped with a manual gearbox, which has been delivered new in May 1977, and is still in its original and very elegant configuration: Blu Sera Metallizzato over Parchment leather. It has been recently repainted, but the interior is highly original, with a gorgeous patina. This is a rare opportunity to buy one of the best possible Kyalami with wonderful history. Underrated for too long, this is definitely the Grand Turismo to have!