A rare classic 1973 Maserati Khamsin demo car recently found its way from a corner of a Johannesburg workshop to pride of place on the Stephan Welz and Co auction room floor.
Designed by Marcello Gandini of Lamborghini Countach fame, the 4.9L/V8 equipped model was one of the only five Khamsin demo cars manufactured in 1973 by Maserati, which started full production of the model in the following year.
It was designed to be as hot as the Sahara Desert Khamsin wind, from which it takes it’s name.
As Maserati’s flagship grand touring model of the time and the successor to the Ghibli, the Khamsin was capable of 260kmh and 0-100lm/h in 5.8 seconds. Only 430 Khamsins were manufactured.
Maserati sold the car to a German dealer as a used vehicle before it was imported to SA by a dealer in Northcliff, Johannesburg in May 1981.
It then sat in the corner of a workshop for several years until it was bought by it’s current owner in 1986 and recommissioned from it’s factory blue with white interior to red with tan leather upholstery.
The front-engined, left-hand drive car has Weber carburetors, manual gearbox and original Campagnola wheels.
It was a firm favourite for bidders at the recent auction and when the hammer dropped, it sold to a local buyer for the upper estimate of R 1.4m.