1989 Maserati Karif

The Maserati Karif was designed to be luxurious, sporty and agile enough to allow the driver to ‘feel like a racing driver again, or for the first time’. At the car’s unveiling, Alejandro de Tomaso declared a very limited production run of 250 examples.

In a throwback to Maserati’s earlier naming practices for two-seater GTs, the car was named after the wind called ‘Karif’, which blows South West across the Gulf of Aden at Berbera, Somalia.The Karif was built on the same shortened chassis as the Zagato-bodied Maserati Spyder model, adding a fixed notchback coupé roof. It used the most powerful Maserati Biturbo engine: the AM473, a 2.8-litre 90° V6 engine with 3 valves per cylinder, producing 285bhp at 5,500rpm. According to Maserati the Karif could reach 60mph from a standstill in 4.8 seconds, and achieve a top speed of over 158mph.

Maserati Karifs are exceptionally rare; only 250 were ever built, with only twenty-five in right drive form and only 7 remaining in existence.  This car, chassis number 9, has covered a mere 38,500 miles from new, and was rustproofed from new by Dinol-Protectol.

The Karif has spent all of its recent history passing through two significant collections of Ferrari and Maseratis in the south coast of England, during which time is has benefitted from refurbished brake callipers, remanufactured wheels, and new tyres. Most recently it has received a new clutch at the cost of over £2000 by Maserati specialists, along with a cam belt and water pump. MoT’d until June 2018 and driving as well as it looks.

Offered with a service book, history file, and current MoT, the Karif offers Ferrari beating performance, while being discreet in style.

Year: 1989
Make: Maserati
Model: Karif
Dealer: Coys
Wilfred E Coy was one of the world's truly innovative motoring and aviation entrepreneurs. Serving his country in the 1914-1918 World War as a young Royal Flying Corps engineer, he helped develop new and crucially valuable prop-synchronised machine guns for Britain's fighting aircraft.With the war over, Wilfred Coy teamed up with William Morris – later Viscount Nuffield of the British Motor Corporation – the founder of Morris Cars. Working together, these two men were to design and operate one of Britain's first fleet of road petrol tankers.In 1919 Wilfred Coy branched out on his own. Opening the country's first ever petrol station, he also set up a retail showroom in Kensington's Queen's Gate Mews.Wilfred's friendships with Viscount Nuffield and Lord Rootes ensured that Coys of Kensington became London agents for many of the great marques of motoring's early years. Morris, Singer, Rover and MG were all popular with Coy's clients. For a while, Coy was also a representative for the famous German Auto Union company.Always a keen participant in motor sports, Wilfred Coy was a regular visitor to Brooklands between the wars. He also made many other eventful trips to circuits elsewhere in Britain and continental Europe. As a driver, he tested most of the performance cars of the 1920's and 1930's. With his well known love of almost everything motoring, Wilfred spent decades investing much energy and enthusiasm in ensuring that Coys became and remained one of the leading names in British motoring history. Today, over 90 years on, Coys are proud to be up holding their founder's commitment to motor sport's illustrious traditions and cultures and have developed into one of the most prominent specialists in the sale and acquisition of historic motor cars, be it through their exclusive showrooms, where some 30 vehicles are always on display ranging from a Mercedes SType to a Ford GT40, or at one of their famous auctions around Europe.With Coys developed auction network with important sales in England, Germany, Holland, Italy and Monaco each year, Coys are the best choice for any client considering the sale or purchase of a historic motor car.
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