1977 Maserati Khamsin

Darin Schnabel © 2015, courtesy of Auctions America

With production of the Maserati Ghibli ending in 1972, Maserati started to develop a new front-engine vehicle. The replacement Khamsin was styled by Marcello Gandini, and it debuted in 1972 at the Turin Auto Show, but it was not sold until 1974. The Khamsin would be Maserati’s first front-engine car with full independent rear suspension.

Powering this Maserati is a sleek V8 engine that is backed by a 5-speed manual gear box. The car is loaded with AM/FM radio, power windows, alloy wheels, rack-and-pinion steering, and disc brakes all around. The maroon paint on the exterior appears to be original to the car. The interior is finished with tan leather and accented with a wood-grain dash and console. The carpet, door panels and headliner are all in very nice condition. This distinctive Maserati would benefit from a freshening.

Of late note, it is disclosed that even though this car is left-hand drive, it was sold new in the U.K. It is further acknowledged that this combination is both “highly unusual and very cool.” It was not unheard of for people living in the U.K. — but who traveled a lot in mainland Europe — to order a left-hand-drive car. It was sold new in November 1976 by Modena Concessionaires in London in Rosso Rubino (Ruby Red) with Senape (mustard) interior. It is still presented in its original colors. It is further stated that this is the first time in approximately 15 years that the ultimate Khamsin-spec, a European 5-speed version, is being offered at auction in the United States.