Maserati Khamsin
Maserati Khamsin | $ 17,000
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Maserati Khamsin

Maserati Khamsin

Maserati is a name that is legendary for beauty, grace and power.The Maserati Khamsin made its debut at the 1972 Turin Motor Show. Designed by Marcello Gandini, this grand tourer was named after the desert storm ‘Khamsin’. It was the last model produced by the short lived Citroen-Maserati merger. Power steering, clutches and brakes were fitted to suit this 2+2 Grand Tourer. 450 units were produced of which 150 were shipped to the U.S. after making some cosmetic changes like a front grill and rubber fenders for the front and rear. There were no drawbacks to its performance considering the engine, the naturally aspirated V8 used widely to date, for renowned brands like Jaguar, BMW, Mercedes and Formula 1 cars. Emerson Fittipaldi, the World Champion Race genius found the Khamsin to be excellent on the road and enjoyed driving it. However the poor sales were attributed to the looks of the car which had a glass rear that became the subject of controversy. Though priced at $17,000 the present tag for this rare model crosses $50,000. It was found in Florida and sold at Bonhams Concours Greenwich d’elegance Motorcar and Automobilia sale in 2010 for $52,650. Road and Track's statement for Maserati Khamsin is - ' A beautiful, comfortable luxury GT that delivers everything that it promises'. But for a genuine, exotic, Italian 170 mph car, the recognition it gets is very dull and insipid. 

Interior

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The legendary Khamsin has a refined and well defined interior. Fine leather and suede fits the interior like a glove with ample leather covered comfortable seats. The height of the driver's seat can be adjusted hydraulically, with the headrests and reclining back being adjustable mechanically. Safety belts are attached to the seats. Window glass is tinted and powered with the rear, long window fitted with an electric defroster. The side view mirror can also be adjusted electrically. Standard comfort features like air-conditioning, heater/defroster with multi-speed blowers, audio system and a pointless electronic ignition system have been provided in this super fast coupe. Analog dials for basic data of speed, fuel, oil and electric clock etc. are placed behind the steering wheel for convenience. The rack and pinion, powered steering wheel with hand stitched leather fitting, is the tilt and telescopic type and is aided by power centering. A large tunnel in the center holds the leather covered gear lever with a metal knob.

Exterior

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Built on the lines of its predecessor the Ghibli, the Khamsin is a beautiful long bonneted car with the body tapering into almost pointed front and rear ends. The unusual feature of this exquisitely shaped car is the stretched rear glass that is repeated even between the tail lights evincing highly polarized views. Twin steel exhaust pipes peek out from under the rear bumper. Another delightful feature are the breathing fins that are laid asymmetrically on the bonnet. Holding the vehicle aloft are the Campagnolo light alloy wheels with an unusual spokes design, fitted with Michelin steel belted radial tires. Retractable headlights keep the bonnet smooth and appealing. The 1800” long body is designed by Bertone and weighs 3703 lbs. The original design by Gandini had the rear tail lights placed on a glass panel and a stylish rear bumper. But the U.S. headed Khamsins has a rubber bumper with the rear lights mounted underneath it, making the rear look heavy. Many car owners get kits with step- by- step instructions to get back the original exotic design

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