Rare Maserati Khamsin to go under the hammer in Joburg MOTORING STAFF Auctioneers have valued the 4.9litre 240kW V8engined Italian classic between R900 000 and R1.4million.
Italian sportscar came from pen of legendary Marcello Gandini AVERY rare Maserati Khamsin which lay forgotten in the corner of a Johannesburg workshop is set to go under the hammer at a Stephan Welz & Co auction this coming Tuesday.
The Khamsin was sculpted by Italian car designer Marcello Gandini (the same guy responsible for Lamborghini’s Miura and Countach), as a successor to the orginal Ghibli. Anyone familiar with this particular model will know that the Khamsin was built from 1974 to 1982 so this example, a 1973 model, is especially unusual as it’s one of only five preproduction demo cars. It was sold to a German car dealer as a used vehicle before being imported to a dealership in Northcliff, Johannesburg in 1981. It was then left abandoned in a garage for several years until it was bought by its current owner in 1986, and subsequently changed from its original blue with white interior to a red and tan.combination. The Khamsin features a 240kW 4.9litre V8 inherited from the Ghibli SS, with four Weber carbs and drysump lubrication. This lefthanddrive model sits on its original 15″ Campagnolo alloys.
Auctioneers have valued the car at between R900 000 and R1.4million. The auction will take place on Tuesday at 7pm on the fourth floor of the South Tower at Nelson Mandela square in Sandton. Other cars for sale include Rolls Royce, Bentley, Porsche, Triumph and MGB examples.
Viewing is open to the public until Monday. For more information visit www.stephanwelzandco.co.za or call 0118803125.