Between 1988 and 1993, when Maserati was owned by Alejandro de Tomaso, they built the Karif sports car. Well, they built just 250 of them. This one here is a rare RHD example, one of 25 in total produced. In those days, Maserati’s main product was the Biturbo in several different versions. The Karif, named after a wind that blew at the Gulf of Aden, was a luxury sports car that was meant to give its driver the feeling of being a racing driver. The car was built on the shortened chassis that was also used for the Zagato Maserati Spyder. This Karif, however, had a fixed roof in notchback style, which gives the car a bit of a dodgy look. It was powered by the most powerful Maserati Biturbo engine, a 285 bhp 2.8-litre V6 with 3 valves per cylinder.
Only 250 Karifs were ever built, twenty-five of them in right drive form. Of those, only seven are known remaining in existence. This car has chassis number 9, has covered a mere 38,500 miles from new, and was rustproofed from new by Dinol-Protectol. The car spent most of its recent history on the southcoast of England. It’s on auction with Coyle’s Thoroughbred & Vintage auction at Fontwell House, Goodwood on September 7. The auctioneers estimate is at GBP 16.000 to 20.000.