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1978 Maserati Khamsin

The Maserati Khamsin was introduced in 1972 at the Turin Show and was named after an Egyptian desert wind. It was the company's first major introduction while under Citroen's control. Power was from a 4.9-liter four cam alloy dry sump V8 engine with 320 horsepower and 352 ft/lbs of torque. It had a front mid-engine placement with perfect weight distribution. It had unitary construction and fitted with an all-steel 2+2 hatchback body. It was given state-of-the-art, all-independent, double-wishbone suspension similar to that of the mid-engined Bora and Merak. The Khamsin was the first production model designed by Bertone with the hand of Marcello Gandini. It used design inspiration from the Lamborghini Urraco along with the vertical glass back end penned on the Lamborghini Espada. Performance was impressive and its driving characteristics were enjoyable, thanks in part to Citroen's hydraulically assisted steering, brakes and clutch.

By virtue of the front-engined layout, the Khamsin allowed greater practicality than the mid-engined Bora. The result was a roomier and more comfortable interior, and superior luggage carrying capacity.

In 1977, the Khamsin received a minor facelift that included the addition of three small vents to the bonnet which helped improved cooling. Just 430 Khamsins were produced, 140 of them received the three-speed Borg Warner automatic transmission.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2017

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The Maserati Khamsin entered the scene in 1972 in concept form at the Bertone stand in Salone di Torino. It had been designed by Gandini, an employee of Bertone. In 1973 it was shown at the Paris Auto Show, this time it featured a Maserati badge. In 1974 production began and continued through 1982. The vehicle was a replacement for the Indy and Ghibli vehicle. The name Khamsin is Egyptian and....
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1978 Vehicle Profiles

1978 Maserati Khamsin vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: AM120-1224
Engine Num: AM120-1224

This Maserati Khamsin was finished on February 6th of 1978 and left the Modena factory fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission and painted in the shade of Tabaco with Cinghiale (wild boar) interior. It was shipped to San Francisco, California where....[continue reading]

Coupe
Chassis #: AM120-1224 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$3,000-$41,460
1978 Khamsin
$41,460-$109,800
1978 Maserati Khamsin Base Price : $41,460

Other 1978 Maserati Models

Khamsin

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
100.40 in.
8 cyl., 300.85 CID., 320.00hp
$33,000 - $33,000
100.40 in.
8 cyl., 300.85 CID., 320.00hp
$33,000 - $33,000
100.40 in.
8 cyl., 300.85 CID., 320.00hp
$33,000 - $33,000
100.30 in.
8 cyl., 300.85 CID., 320.00hp
$41,455 - $41,455
100.30 in.
8 cyl., 300.85 CID., 280.00hp
$41,460 - $41,460

Industry Production

#1#2#3Maserati
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)292
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)292
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)738

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