1 of 2 Maserati Shamals in the US. Only 369 made. Excellent, like new condition throughout. Only 30k miles since new. Second owner, still wears original French plates. Aggressively styled by the famed Marcello Gandini. Fast, loud, luxurious. A true unicorn and the first ever imported to the U.S. Registered non-operational in California (due to smog restrictions). However, it can be legally driven to shows and exhibitions (including your event or shoot).
Hourly rate includes me driving it back and forth to your location.
Named after a desert wind that blows through Iraq, the Shamal pivoted away from the mass-produced,
Biturbo cars that Maserati produced in 1980s towards higher-end, exclusive sports cars. As the first
new V8-powered Maserati in 15 years, it was both a radical evolution of the Biturbo and a revival of the
archetypal V8-powered GT car which made Maserati famous in the 1960s and 70s.
Toward that end, Maserati began production of the Shamal in 1990 as a 1991 model year car. The first
new V8 coupe for Maserati since the Kyalami in 1976, it was intended as “a car for ‘top level sports car
driving’”. While it might look passingly similar to other Biturbo models, the Shamal was
a thoroughly different beast. It used its own chassis and body panels--with the exception of the doors
--as well as its own engine, running gear and drivetrain. Indeed, the Maserati Shamal was
very advanced for its time, boasting several components and technologies uncommon among contemporary production automobiles, like its engine, Ranger differential, electronically-adjustible active suspension, transmission, and various design elements.
Among other features, the Shamal debuted an all-new,all-aluminum, DOHC, 32V, 3217cc V-8 that produced 326bhp and 319 lb/ft of torque. Its small-displacement V-8 was not unusual for an Italian car. However, an eight-cylinder car with twin turbochargers certainly was.
The Shamal was penned by Marcello Gandini, the famed Bertone designer. He incorporated several functional elements into the design which both enhance the vehicle’s performance and give it a unique profile. The front end features no fewer than twelve distinct lights. Moving rearward, there is a body-colored air spoiler above the wiper housing. Every car has a dark grey central pillar that doubles as a
functional roll bar, critical for providing the Shamal’s remarkable torsional rigidity. Finally, the trunk is hinged like a clamshell box. The design, which includes a lid that is slightly raised around the edges, maximizes the surface area available to increase downdraft.
While the Shamal was arguably the finest Maserati of the Biturbo era, it also heralded the beginning of
a new era that returned Maserati to both its racing and GT roots. It echoed the bold styling and raw
performance of V8 GTs like the hallmark Ghibli and Khamsin, while also providing the conceptual and
technical underpinnings of the 3200GT and Quattroporte IV. Those cars, which became the commercial successes Maserati needed, restored much of the company’s lost grandeur. The Biturbo line continued its development and sale in Europe through the end of the 1990s with fine cars like the Karif and Ghibli II. Despite their intentions, Maserati was never able to federalize either these cars or the Shamal for sale in the United States. Unfortunately, all that informed Americans car enthusiasts know about Maseratis from the 1980s and 1990s are from early-generation Biturbo V-6s (many carbureted) which do not fully exhibit the combination of performance and panache embodied by the Shamal.
In the end, only 369 examples were produced.