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Maserati Khamsin IEuropa VersionI

FACTS

1977

CONSTRUCTION YEAR

8 CYLINDERS

4,900 CC

320 hp

ENGINE

BERTONE

DESIGNERS

421 

123 Europa Version

NUMBER OF PIECES

1974 - 1982

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STORY

The Maserati Khamsin is a luxury sports car produced by the Italian automobile manufacturer Maserati from 1974 to 1982. The name "Khamsin" refers to a hot, dry wind that blows through the Nile Valley in Egypt.

The Maserati Khamsin was first presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1972. It was designed by Marcello Gandini, a renowned designer at Bertone. The Khamsin's striking appearance was characterized by clean lines, flared wheel arches and a low, flat body.

The Khamsin was powered by a 4.9-liter V8 engine that developed about 320 horsepower. The vehicle had a rear transaxle layout, with the engine placed at the front and the drive unit on the rear axle. This helped to distribute weight more evenly and improve driving dynamics.

Series production of the Maserati Khamsin began in 1974, and during its production run, around 430 units were manufactured, of which almost 300 were exported to the USA. The Khamsin was designed as a luxury GT car and was positioned as a competitor to other high-performance grand tourers of the time.

Production of the Khamsin ended in 1982, and Maserati focused on other models in the following years. However, the Khamsin has gained a certain cult status over the years and is sought after among collectors due to its unique design and limited production quantity.

PERSONAL STORY

The personal story:

This Khamsin came directly from the factory in Italy to Austria. Its first owner was the esteemed jeweler Jungbauer in Linz, who had a great passion for sports cars.

This golden Khamsin often stood in front of the shop in Linz city centre.

It remained in Upper Austria and was then owned by a man from Linz who had an import-export business with Russia. When he died, it came into the possession of his cousin, who was more fond of comfortable German vehicles.

It had been standing in an underground car park in Linz for several years, and one day friends of the museum's founder, Mr Rotschne, drew his attention to this 'strange-looking' vehicle.

He immediately recognized what a rarity was hidden here.

This was almost 30 years ago, and it has been in our collection ever since.

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