Shamal breezes into Paris auction

The Maserati Shamal is a seriously rare car – just 369 were made. Despite this, for years they languished in the sub £50k doldrums, with both its styling and badge deemed unfashionable.

That’s all changed now – from the Alfa Romeo SZ to the BMW 3 Series and everything in between, the brutalist, chunky styling from the 1980s and early 1990s is in right now. Modern cars are all anonymous blobby shapes with fussy detailing – the stark lines of the cars from this era hold significant appeal to a new generation of classic buyers.

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Few cars are quite as brutal as the Maserati Shamal, however. Its designer, Marcello Gandini, had form for brutal shapes – he designed the Lamborghini Countach – and his influence is everywhere, from the cheeky rear arch design to the spoiler on the top of the bonnet.

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It’s not style without substance, though – far from it. The 3.2-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 gives you 326bhp to play with, marshalled through a six-speed Getrag gearbox and fed to the rear wheels. It’s got electronically adjustable Koni suspension too. It very much has the bite to match the visual bark.

This particular example is up for grabs with Bonhams at its Les Grandes Marques Du Monde Au Grand Palais sale at Retromobile in Paris, on February 8. It’s covered just 6200km and has just been serviced. It has an estimate of 50,000 to 75,000 euros, or £44k to £66k. Given that the best examples are around £75,000 even in LHD, this could be quite the bargain.

Given the price of other supercars of the era, even if it goes for the upper estimate it’s still a bargain compared to similarly special Astons. Could this year be the year the Shamal goes into the auction hall stratosphere? Let us know!

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