1978 Maserati Khamsin

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.

John Apen

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John holds degrees in engineering and operations research from the University of California-Berkeley, New York University, and Johns Hopkins. He vintage raced a Ferrari TdF for 13 years and has been restoring old cars for nearly 50 years. He owned the Atlanta Ferrari-Maserati dealership, FAF, for 17 years. He’s always had an affinity for obscure American cars, and in high school, he drove a 1936 Packard convertible coupe, followed by a 1949 Olds Holiday hardtop that got him through college. Today his garage includes 11 cars, including a Top Flight 1960 Corvette he’s owned since day one, a 1957 T-Bird, and several vintage Ferraris. His automotive library contains over 5,000 magazines and books and 1,800 auction catalogs. He has contributed to SCM since 1996.

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