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Rare Rides: A 1991 Maserati Shamal – Sporty, and Very Square

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Within the Nineteen Nineties, no one in North America spent a lot (any?) time fascinated by Maserati merchandise. So that you’d be forgiven if right now’s Rare Experience slipped out of your fond early-90s reminiscences way back.

It’s the Shamal, and it’s a bit homely.

Named, like lots of Maserati’s different fashions (not the Biturbo), after a gust of air, Shamal is a wind that blows throughout giant areas of Mesopotamia. Because the Nineteen Nineties quick approached, Maserati sought to blow some scorching air into its lineup with a brand new 2+2 grand touring coupe. The corporate had not provided a coupe in that exact area because the demise of the Khamsin again in 1982.

Maserati telephoned the Khamsin’s designer, one Marcello Gandini of Lamborghini Countach and Lancia Stratos fame. “Yet one more!” they stated. Gandini set to work, and the Shamal debuted in December of 1989 in Modena, Italy. Because the flagship coupe of Maserati’s product line, the Shamal shared many elements with the associated Biturbo. The physique shell, doorways, and interior have been all carried over within the effort. New have been the entrance and rear finish designs, in addition to the distinctive Targa-type ornamental bar on the pillars and roof.

All Shamals have been powered by a three.2-liter twin-turbo V8, producing a good 321 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. Energy was delivered to the rear wheels by way of the six-velocity guide. Not resting on their tech laurels, all Shamals have been outfitted with an adaptive suspension Maserati developed at the side of Koni.

The Shamal was the final mannequin introduced by Maserati’s then-proprietor Alejandro De Tomaso. By the point the brand new mannequin went on sale in 1990, the corporate was already nestled beneath Fiat’s large company umbrella. Shamal remained in manufacturing all through 1996. On the finish of its run, simply 369 have been produced.

For more often than not the Shamal was in manufacturing, the visually comparable, however softer and extra luxurious Ghibli was on supply. Ghibli used smaller engines, was out there with an automated transmission, and was priced under the Shamal. Ghibli remained in manufacturing from 1992 via 1998. Whereas neither of these automobiles made it to the North American market, a purchaser has retrieved at the moment’s Shamal instance from Switzerland and introduced it to “Etobicoke,” situated in Ontario.

With low miles, the Shamal asks $eighty five,000.

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– Rare Rides: A 1991 Maserati Shamal – Sporty, and Very Square –

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