Built from 1972 to 1982, the Khamsin was Maserati's last classic grand tourer. Only 430 examples were built in that 10-year period, and very few made it to the US. That makes a rare and lovely find. And the more we consider it, the more we wonder why anyone would buy a new Maserati over this?
The Khamsin was styled by the legendary Marcello Gandini at Bertone and features a 4.9-liter V8 that made around 320 hp when new. This car is one of only 100 manual-transmission Khamsins to make their way to the US, but thankfully, the ugly federalized bumpers have been replaced with European units.
Maserati built the Khamsin while it was owned by Citroën, and consequently, it features lots of weirdness. The Khamsin doesn't use Citroën's famous hydropneumatic suspension, but Maserati did borrow hydraulically assisted brakes and steering from its parent company. The pop-up headlights and seat adjustments are hydraulically operated, too.
The Khamsin famously featured a wide glass panel on its tail with "floating" brake lights mounted directly to it. Its hood is asymmetrical, too, and the spare tire is hidden where you'd expect an air intake.
Before the seller acquired this car at auction last year, its tobacco exterior paint was refinished and it was treated to a $15,000 mechanical service. Its history is totally documented, so there's no need to dispute the 23,000 miles shown on the odometer, and the interior presents beautifully.
At the time of writing, bidding for this Khamsin is up to $43,000 with a week remaining before the auction closes. Whoever ends up buying it will have something special. Just pray all those hydraulics keep working.