Khamsins don’t appear at auction frequently. With less than 300 said to remain out of production of only around 430 cars, it is a legitimately rare bird, though its taste is still too gamey for most collectors
This elegant 2+2 coupe was first shown at Turin in 1972, the work of one of Bertone’s more talented young designers, Marcello Gandini. The Khamsin was to be Maserati’s answer to the Ferrari Daytona, yet because Maserati was in the midst of its “Citroën era,” production of the new model didn’t start until 1974, when the Daytona was being phased out.
Using Maserati’s proven and powerful V8, this front-engine stunner was capable of 0-60 times in the low six-second range and achieved speeds of 168 mph.
Pop stars and celebrities have long enjoyed the allure of fast cars and this rare, right-hand-drive Khamsin was purchased new by musican Mike Oldfield of “Tubular Bells” fame. The vendor acquired this immaculately-presented Khamsin from its second owner in 1989 and during his ownership it has been seldom used. Its condition is excellent and it has received a thorough mechanical check over.