1981 Maserati Khamsin

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In 1971 Maserati asked the famous designer Marcello Gandini of Bertone to design a successor to the successful Ghibli. On its technical basis, a sporty Gran Turismo was to be created using technical components from the parent company Citroën. As usual for Maserati, the name of the new model was inspired by a wind, in this case the Egyptian desert wind Chamsin.

Gandini is still one of the most influential and famous automobile designers today. He created legendary cars like the Lamborghini Miura, the Lamborghini Countach, the Lancia Stratos, the Bugatti EB110, the Alfa Romeo Montreal and many more. With the Khamsin, he presented a beautiful and modern two-door sports coupé with hatchback that was visually very different from its predecessor. In contrast to the rounder forms of the Ghibli, the new one approached the ideal of the wedge form at that time. The smoothly running, long lines of the Khamsin were described as “contemporary, unique, extraordinary”.

The clear design is not interrupted thanks to foldable headlights and allows a particularly flat front. Another highlight is the glass rear section, a detail that Gandini also used on the Lamborghini Espada. The rear lights are recessed into the glass, allowing good visibility when parking backwards and generally giving a new driving experience when looking into the rearview mirror.

Because of the flat bonnet, the engine has been moved far to the rear, so the steering gear has been mounted in front. This resulted in an optimum axle load distribution, which ensured good road holding and comfort even over longer distances.

The Ghibli took over its powerful and proven 4.9-litre V8 engine, which produced 320 PS (235 kW) in the Khamsin. It reached 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds from a standstill and 272 km/h at a peak.

Power was transmitted via ZF five-speed transmission or an optional Borg-Warner three-speed automatic transmission. The rear rigid axle of the Ghibli was exchanged for independent suspension, which made the Khamsin the first front engine Maserati with all-round independent suspension.

Unusual for a sports car was the use of numerous hydraulic systems which had been taken over from the Citroën SM. The clutch was controlled with hydraulics and the high-pressure brake system reacted quickly and strongly. The steering system had a speed-dependent servo. The front headlamps were also flapped and the front seats adjusted hydraulically.

In its time the Khamsin was the Maserati with the most powerful engine and also the most expensive model of its time. It came standard with air conditioning, leather trim, tinted windows, electric windows, hydraulically adjustable front seats, alarm system and radio. During its construction phase, the car was basically not rebuilt, only in 1976/77 new air vents were added at the top of the bonnet, the dashboard was redesigned and the steering wheel was padded in the middle.

Although the Khamsin was a true masterpiece in terms of style, technology, equipment and performance, very few vehicles were built. The Khamsin came onto the market at an extremely unfavourable time for such a “supercar”, because the oil crisis made the demand for high-consumption V8 engines drop rapidly. Altogether until 1982 only about 430 copies were built (the data vary between 417 and 435 vehicles).

The vehicle offered here was registered for the first time in France in February 1981 and is thus one of the last cars built.

Its history is documented by a large number of invoices dating back to the early 1980s. All in all, the invoices show three previous owners in France before the Khamsin was sold to its current owner in Germany in 2013. He had the car extensively restored by a German specialist company and invested 155,000 € in the vehicle. The work is well documented by invoices and photos. If you are interested, we are happy to give you detailed information here.

In the course of the restoration the body of the car was extensively overhauled and the originally silver car was painted in the original color dark blue metallic new. The leather in the interior is to a large extent still original. The seat centre panels and the door panels were newly covered with dark brown Alcantara in order to give the interior a little more colour and thus the interior harmonises very nicely with the exterior colour. The upper side of the dashboard has also been repainted.

The car is available for an inspection by appointment only in 33415 Verl, Germany.

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Year: 1981
Make: Maserati
Model: Khamsin
Dealer: Bastian Voigt Collectors Cars
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