A rare youngtimer Maserati

A rare youngtimer Maserati

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.

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