1977 Maserati Khamsin
VIN:  AM120.US.1224
Engine: AM120.US.1224
Exterior color: Tobacco
Interior color: Cinghiale (pig skin)

After the success of the Ghibli, Maserati was faced with the challenge of following up with a model that would be perceived in the market as a
step forward. That was a tall challenge but one that was met with the introduction of the Khamsin. Similar to the Ghibli SS it was powered by
the reliable Maserati 4.9 liter V8 fed with four dual barrel Weber carburetors. Gearbox was either a 5-speed ZF manual or a Borg Wagner
automatic. Unlike the Ghibli it has an indepemdent rear suspension and Citroen assisted hydraulic brakes.

The Khamsin is much more angular and bold than the Ghibli. Everything from the asymmetric hood vents to the tail lights mounted on the rear
glass makes the statement that this is no ordinary car. Unfortunately for the USA market safety requirements mandated a major redesign of
the bumpers which made USA cars rather unattractive. Luckily conversion kits are available and by now most USA cars have been converted
to the look that Marcelo Gandini had intended.    

This particular Khamsin only has 23,300 original miles and still retains its original interior. The car had a recent re-spray in its original
Tobacco color. The leather is called pig skin and has a rather unique grain; I guess they were trying to mimic the skin of a pig. Normally I am
not too fond of brown cars but on this Khamsin the color combination works well,  It is a USA version car that had its bumpers converted.

The car has lived most of its life in Reno, Nevada and being in the desert means no rust. Other thing I really like about the car is that it
appears to have never been in an accident nor have mechanics "messed with it". All too often I find well intention, but rather ignorant, owners
and mechanics modify a car for no good reason.  

At this time I am not sure if I will be selling or keeping this car; for now I am having fun working on it.

The photos below can also be
viewed and downloaded by going to Dropbox:  

Send me an e-mail if interested.  ivan@thecarnut.com
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