Lot 268 - 1979 Maserati Khamsin
|Odometer reading||45,202 miles|
|Estimate||£75,000 - £80,000|
|Result||Sold - £128,800|
We are delighted to offer this right hand drive (rhd) 1979 example of the Maserati Khamsin, a high performance, front engined, 2+2 model with an unmistakable likeness to the Bora. First shown in prototype form at the Turin Motor Show in 1972, production did not begin until 1974 until the final car in 1982. Designed by Marcello Gandini it was Bertone's first work for Maserati.
This Maserati was first supplied to UK Maserati Concessionaires, The Italian Car Centre, London, in 1979 and has subsequently had only four owners, including the vendor who purchased the car in June 2007. The history file shows invoices of works from 1989 to date; amongst these invoices is evidence of a bare metal respray in March 1989. Soon after the current owner purchased the Khamsin in June 2007, a comprehensive inspection of the car was undertaken by the well known and respected Maserati specialist 'Bill McGrath'. Works were then carried out to bring the car up to the standard and in all totalled in excess of £8300. In addition to regular fluid changes, recent works have required a re-cored radiator and new tailgate rams.
At the heart of this exhilarating motor car, is the Maserati 4.9 litre V8 engine fuelled via the four Weber 42/DCNF41 carburettors with drive transmitted via the five speed ZF manual gearbox. The Khamsin incorporates Citroën high pressure hydraulics supplying speed controlled power steering and power brakes; interestingly, the driver's seat is also hydraulically powered. On a recent test, the Maserati started easily and soon warmed up displaying good oil pressure. On the road the car was docile at slow speeds with instant and direct response from the power steering, however; on releasing this motor car it is apparent that the mid range power is impressive and in all gives a thrilling ride if driven with verve. All of the gauges work, including the clock. Other luxuries include; electric windows and air conditioning.
The coachwork looks attractive in its blue metallic finish, however, it must be noted that there are some areas of micro-blistering; only noticeable on close inspection. The important detail to note is that the panel gaps are excellent demonstrating that this is a strong car structurally. Complimented with a cream leather interior and a well detailed engine bay, this handsome Khamsin is one of only 430 manufactured. Only 23 of the 71 rhd examples were destined for the UK market making this a rare example indeed.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.