1980 MASERATI KHAMSIN - LHD

Lot Description

This Maserati Khamsin is a numbers-matching, well-maintained and cherished example of the Italian marque’s glamorous 2+2, combining Italian styling with Citroen-supplied technical ingenuity. Under its long bonnet sits a 4.9-litre V8, producing around 320bhp and 255lb-ft of torque. This power is delivered to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. Its odometer reads 184,182 km (114,445 miles) from new.

Built in August 1980, this left-hand drive Khamsin was delivered to the Maserati dealer in Lecce, Italy, then sold on to Autosport of Bologna. In 1985, the sports car was purchased by a gentleman in Castelfranco Emilia, with the car passing on to his son in 1991. Nine years later, it was re-registered in the Netherlands under the ownership of the president of the Dutch Maserati club, where it was used at national and international Maserati events. In 2013, the car was sold to the current vendor.

This particular Khamsin can also boast to being a cover star, featuring on the front cover of the book ‘Maserati: The Citroen Years’ by Marc Sonnery.

The Khamsin, named after a hot gust of wind found in the Egyptian desert, was designed by Marcello Gandini, with its alluring wedge shape featuring pop-up headlights and an abrupt Kamm tail. Having been developed under Citroen’s ownership of the brand, the Khamsin used hydraulic systems for its speed-sensitive power steering, braking assistance, clutch, seat adjustment and pop-up headlights.

Presented in a period-correct copper finish, the Khamsin benefited from an extensive windows-out respray approximately 15 years ago in the original hue. This was achieved with the help of the original cellulose-based paint, which had been ordered as a spare supply with the car when new, and passed onto subsequent owners before finally being used.

Today, there is a smattering of stone chips to the front end, with some minor paintwork damage present on the leading edge of the driver’s door. The vendor states that there are also some paint cracks at the base of the A-pillars – a fault he notes is common to Khamsins that have been enjoyed on the road – while there are also some chips on the passenger door, and touched-in chips on the bodywork just behind it.

The Saint Gobain glass is generally in excellent condition, though there is some delamination on the right lower section of the windscreen. The car retains the correct headlights, tail lights and badging throughout, highlighting its originality. The Maserati’s magnesium Campagnolo alloy wheels are also in very good order.

Moving inside, the Khamsin is a blend of luxury features and sporting intent. The Ivory leather has been recoloured, and presents with no rips or tears to either of the front seats. The original switchgear is present throughout, while the dashboard’s ‘mousehair’ cover has been replaced. The chrome-ringed switchgear shows no signs of wear, while the three-spoke steering wheel and gear knob are also in great shape. The vendor notes that the stereo unit, while an aftermarket period item, functions well despite some minor damage. There are no electrical faults noted with the car.

This rare 2+2 was last serviced in November 2019 at 183,982 km (114,321 miles) by ItalAuto of Achterveld, Netherlands. The engine and transmission oils were changed, along with repairs to the water pump and regassing of the air-conditioning system to use modern refrigerant. In addition, the wiper blades were replaced and the relevant suspension parts were greased.

During the vendor’s ownership, the oil sump and lines have been refurbished, with minor rust repairs carried out. In addition, the hydropneumatic spheres have been re-pressurised – and one of them has been renewed – with the LHM fluid tank filler neck also replaced. The differential and rear sub-frame have also received attention. During the previous owner’s tenure, a top-end overhaul of the engine was also carried out, with the relevant invoice in the history file. The car remains in the original factory specification, save for a custom-made stainless steel exhaust system with new damping wool fitted.

The most recent APK roadworthiness test, comparable to a British MOT, was carried out on 18 November 2019. This was a clean pass with no advisories, with no retest due until 18 November 2021. Riding on matching Michelin XWX tyres all round, these are in good condition with ample tread remaining, featuring a 2014 manufacturing date.

Now available to its next enthusiast owner, the Maserati comes with its original owner’s handbooks and parts list, as well as various historical invoices dating back to around 2000, and photographs of the respray work. In addition, the original tool kit and space-saver spare wheel are included. This particular example is also fitted with the rare, optional ‘Rollo’ luggage cover.

An intriguing blend of performance, sophistication and 1970s style, this Maserati Khamsin is a useable example of a rare 2+2 sporting coupe. With numbers-matching originality and an appealing colourway, it would be a great candidate for a personal collection or the ideal classic GT for laid-back journeys across the continent.

As this car is not UK-registered, it cannot be run through Collecting Cars’ standard online HPI check process.

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Car Overview

  • 184,182 km (114,445 miles)
  • manual
  • LHD
  • Copper
  • Ivory
  • 4.9L V8
  • VINAM120-392


Lot Overview

  • Lot #01441
  • private Sale
  • Eindhoven, Netherlands

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  • LeoC

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