Lot 231 - 1990 Maserati Karif

Lot 231 - 1990 Maserati Karif

Lot 231 - 1990 Maserati Karif

Lot Number 231
Registration H411 KGS
Chassis Number ZAM339B00KA190014
Engine Number AM473551351
Odometer reading 39,699 miles
Estimate £17,000 - £23,000
  • One of only 25 right hand drive examples
  • Understood to be a unique colour
  • Desirable non-cat example

The Karif or Tipo AM339 is a luxury coupé produced by Maserati between 1988 and 1991. Designed to mix luxury with sporty looks and agile handling, the Karif was announced with a limited production run of 255 examples. This is exactly what modern manufacturers do now and with great success, however only 221 Karif’s were sold with late cars being sold long after this build date. Built on the same shortened chassis as the Zagato-bodied Maserati Spyder, they added a fixed notchback roof and used a more powerful iteration of their ‘Bi-turbo engine’, a 2.9 litre V6, giving around 260bhp. Reviewed in the motoring press at the time as having ‘sawn off looks, shotgun performance’.

This is a rather special example, we are informed it was originally built for the Managing Director of Maserati in the UK, but the company went into receivership in 1990 and the car was never delivered. The car is therefore painted in Dark Aquamarine, which is understood to be a unique colour, the other Karif’s were all in either black, red or white. Our vendor has owned several Karif’s, including owning this example on two separate occasions. The car presents in excellent condition, commensurate with its low mileage. The car comes with a good history detailing various works over the years, and has spent recent years in dry storage, only covering very minimal mileage during our vendors current ownership. The Maserati Karif is an extremely rare car already, but the opportunity to own one of just 25 right hand drive examples, in a unique colour is something which should not be missed.

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. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. 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.

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