Lot 307 - 1992 Maserati Shamal
|Estimate||£75,000 - £90,000|
Manufactured between 1989 and 1996, the V8-powered Shamal supercar was the ultimate expression of Maserati's long-running Bi-turbo family. Maserati's mainstream model throughout the 1980s and the first series production road car to employ a twin turbo-charged engine, the Bi-turbo saloon debuted in 1982. Intended to challenge BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the luxury sporting saloon market, the unitary-construction Bi-turbo featured all-independent suspension, disc brakes all round and an interior boasting sumptuous leather upholstery and plentiful wood veneer trim. Designed by the Maserati Design Centre in collaboration with ex-Bertone stylist Marcello Gandini, a man with an enviable selection of the world's most desirable cars to his credit, the Shamal was powered by a compact 3,217cc, 32-valve, V8 engine producing 325bhp, good enough for a top speed within a whisker of 170mph. To fully utilise all this power within a relatively small, rear-wheel drive package, Maserati turned to class-leading technology in the form of electronically controlled, driver-adjustable active suspension, developed in conjunction with Koni.
This is a genuine righthand drive example Shamal, one of only 36 manufactured, it is thought less than 10 have survived making this a very rare example. Originally registered on 28th October 1992, this handsome Maserati is in excellent condition and has been used only sparingly of late. The styling of these Italian masterpieces is superb, it is a true 2+2 and with an aggressive stance, this is a car that performs as well as it looks. The interior is quite retro with front seats resembling armchairs; the instrument cluster is efficient without being overly fussy. Finished in black with black leather trim and supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 23rd February 2017; this is a true 'under the radar' supercar that is a fast appreciating classic. This Maserati Shamal will bring a smile to the face of anyone lucky enough to drive it.