Jay Leno Drives A 1975 Maserati Khamsin: Video

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One of the most pristine Maserati Khamsins possibly in existence has just touched down in Jay Leno’s Garage.

This particular model is a 1975 example that’s wearing the original European-specification bumpers and lights that the Khamsin first wore upon its debut in 1972 when it was simply a Bertone prototype.

It wasn’t recognized as a Maserati until a year later, when it was showcased at the 1973 Paris Auto Show.

Power in each of these came from a 4.9-liter V-8, which was mounted up front and had a rating of 320 horsepower.

Drive was sent to the rear wheels, either via a five-speed manual or three-speed automatic. Citroen owned Maserati at the time, so many of the French automaker’s innovations were featured on the Khamsin.

Only 430 Khamsins were built over the car’s lifetime (in part due to the finances of Citroen) and only 155 of these made it to the U.S., with the local versions featuring extensive modifications due to government regulations at the time.

Responsible for its styling was legendary Italian designer Marcello Gandini, who spent most of his time at Bertone where he created masterpieces such as the Lamborghini Countach and Miura as well as the Lancia Stratos.

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