If you do a little search online, you will learn that Khamsin is a dry, hot, dusty local wind, blowing from the south in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Ok, so what does this have to do with Maserati?

Well, at one point in time, the Italian automaker decided to name a sports car it unveiled at the 1973 Paris Auto Show.

In fact, the Khamsin was introduced as a Bertone prototype in the autumn of 1972, but production was delayed until 1974. The sports car was then powered by a front mounted 4.9-liter V-8 engine delivering 320 horsepower.

Only 430 units were built until 1982 when the model was discontinued. But that still didn’t stop Jay Leno from getting his hands on one. In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s garage, he did just that with the help of Douglas Magnon, Maserati guru and president of the Riverside International Automotive Museum.

Together, the two try to prove what a great car the Khamsin was. No complaints from us here.


Alina Moore
Alina Moore
Alina Joined the Topspeed.com team in the early 2000s as one of the outlets very first experts, and she’s been with Topspeed.com ever since. Over the years, she’s served various roles, but today she’s is relied on heavily to verify automotive facts, assist with formatting, and discover new and engaging topics.  Read full bio
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