The Khamsin was introduced on the Bertone stand at the November 1972 Turin Auto Show. Designed by Marcello Gandini, it was Bertone’s first work for Maserati. In March 1973 the production model was shown at the Paris Motor Show. Regular production of the vehicle started only a year later, in 1974. The Khamsin was developed under the Citroën ownership for the clientele that demanded a front-engined grand tourer on the lines of the previous Ghibli, and more conventional than the mid-engined Bora. In 1977 a mild facelift added three horizontal slots on the Khamsin’s nose to aid cooling. Inside it brought a restyled dashboard and a new padded steering wheel. One Khamsin was delivered to Luciano Benetton in 1981. Despite the many improvements over its predecessor, the Khamsin didn›t replicate its success; partly due to the concurrent fuel crisis that decreased demand for big V8 grand tourers. Production ended in 1982, with 435 vehicles made, with 155 of those being exported to the United States.
This wonderful example is one of the five original prototypes. All five were produced in left hand drive specification. The prototype numbering system started at 002 and were all numbered evenly. This Khamsin is the last, hence the chassis No 012. This particular prototype was originally manufactured with a blue exterior and a white interior. The car has been refinished and re-upholstered to the current configuration and presents in wonderful condition. A fantastic opportunity to acquire an extremely rare Maserati.