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Cars for Sale

All vehicles offered here come from the Volante Collection and are generally in very good condition. In recent years, they have been used primarily for exhibition purposes and have rarely, if ever, been moved. Therefore, we strongly recommend a technical inspection before any kind of use.

Up to a sale, the vehicles remain part of the exhibition in the Volante Collection, where they can be inspected and test driven by appointment – proven willingness to buy and good weather conditions assumed.

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Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet VANVOOREN

  • Chassis n° 57780/’57757’  /  Engine n° 546
  • Vanvooren body n° 2940  (Body ex-n° 57757)
  • Engine:  3.3 liter twin-cam straight-eight
  • Transmission:  4 speed manual
  • Power output:  135 bhp (100 kW) at 4.500 rpm
  • Top Speed:  100 mph / 160 km/h
  • Numbers built:  710
  • Years built:  1934 – 1940
  • 1938 Paris Motor Show Vanvooren Cabriolet
  • One-off bodywork on the improved third series chassis
  • Exciting history
  • Top level restoration
  • One of the Volante Collection Masterpieces

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Bugatti’s brilliant Type 57 made its debut in 1934 marking a significant milestone for the storied French marque. After years of building a varied mix of touring sports and racing cars the Type 57 consolidated the lineup allowing Bugatti to offer a broader range of motorcars based upon a single platform. The design of the new high-performance Type 57 touring car was handed over by Ettore Bugatti to his talented son Jean – who was just 23 years old at the time. Jean and senior engineers Pichetto and Domboy were wholly responsible for the car’s ground-up specification including the chassis engine and even most of the factory coachwork designs. To compete in the market Bugatti needed a fresh design; one that retained the performance and style for which Bugatti was known while offering new levels of comfort and smooth operation. Type 57 would prove to be the final all-French design in the marque’s brief but brilliant history. Central to the Type 57 was an all-new twin-cam inline eight-cylinder engine displacing 3257 cubic centimeters. Only the basic layout was shared with earlier models as the block (with integrated head) and crankcase were all new designs. A series of bevel gears drove the camshafts which offered a level of refinement superior to the previous straight-cut style. In standard form the new engine was capable of a highly respectable 135 horsepower. While the Type 57 did not officially race the Type 59 Grand Prix cars shared its fundamental engine design. Bugatti’s traditional solid front axle was retained due to cost and development time while the ride and handling were dialed to suit the Type 57s purpose as a fast yet luxurious touring car. While American companies like Packard and Cadillac had begun to offer synchronized transmissions Bugatti retained a non-synchro gearbox but with quieter helical cut gears and a smoother change from the older dog-type gear-change of older models. Beside the yet amazing factory coachwork designs (Galibier, Ventoux, Stelvio, Aravis, Atalante), many customers preferred a more individual appearance provided by one of the famous European coachbuilders like Vanvooren, Letourneur & Marchand, Graber, Corsica, etc.. Bugatti produced more than 700 Type 57s yet sadly it would be the final all-French Bugatti as the company faltered in the face of yet another World War. The Bugatti Type 57 is counted among the most important collector cars of all time offering stunning looks electrifying performance and the sense of occasion that only comes with these incredible automobiles from the storied Molsheim Works.

The car on offer

Having long been a mystery, the car we have the pleasure to offer here recently revealed its secrets past after extensive investigative work carried out by various Bugatti historians as well as by ourselves. We have carried out a full-scale, no expense spared restoration of the entire coachwork.

The car sports the Vanvooren Type 57C cabriolet body (chassis 57757/engine 52C) that dates from the Paris Motor Show of October 1938, and was refitted around 1945, at the factory, onto a new Type 57 chassis (intended chassis 57780 / engine 546) that had been in stock since June 1939.

Chassis 57757/engine 52C, cabriolet Vanvooren, Salon 1938

The chassis has been delivered to the coachbuilder on 12 August 1938. The coachwork on this vehicle was built by the renowned Établissements Vanvooren, rue Pierre Lhomme à Courbevoie, in order to be displayed on the coachbuilder’s stand at the Paris Motor Show, held at the Grand Palais between 6 and 16 October 1938. Three photos of the car, taken in Bois de Boulogne in October 1938, were published in the November-December issue of the magazine Auto–Carrosserie. The body is described as being „black and blue in colour, with a blue leather interior“.

The car 57757/engine 52C was bought by D’Ieteren, the Bugatti agent from Brussels, on 30 September 1938. On 15 November 1938, the car was finally delivered to D’Ieteren in Brussels, for his client Mr Jean Washer, the famous Belgian tennis player of the 1920s, who paid 110 000 francs. His nephew discovered a photograph taken during the winter of 1939, showing Jean Washer, in gloves and helmet, posing next to his new acquisition, which was fitted with Belgian number plates.

Jean Washer (1894-1972)

Jean Washer, who was born on 22 August 1894 in Berchem and died on 22 March 1972 in Geneva, came from a family involved in the textile industry in Brussels. He started playing tennis after the war and his most successful year came in 1923 when he was ranked 9th worldwide. Professionally, he was responsible for the synthetic fibres department in the UCB Group UCB (Union Chimique Belge).

In 1928, Jean Washer acquired a splendid park in Drève de la Meute, Bois de Waterloo, in which the property „le Manoir“ was situated. On 10 May 1940, the Germans invaded Belgium. The country surrendered on 28 May and the occupying forces installed themselves in Wallonia. They set up their quarters in „Le Manoir“ and an officer confiscated the fast Type 57 cabriolet for his own use. It appears that the Bugatti then headed east with its officer, as we next come across the car at a coachbuilder north of Frankfurt.

The Vanvooren body

During the car’s recent restoration, when the woodwork and seats were dismantled, the coachwork number was revealed. It was stencilled on the back of the seats, in blue crayon on the wood and lead pencil on other parts. In total, the Vanvooren number 2940 appeared on over ten pieces of the coachwork. It conforms to a Bugatti chassis number that was bodied during the autumn of 1938. Analysis of various parts of the body, carried out during the restoration commissioned by the Volante Collection, has revealed the rest of the story. On the inside of a door panel there is a long inscription: „Erwin Leun, Karosseriebauer, Giessen Klein Linden, Dammstraße 14, Deutschland“. At Leun’s workshop, the position of the spare wheel on the Bugatti was altered. It was hidden in the trunk rather than be visible on the left wing, making room for a large radio antenna – an aesthetic improvement as well. A tow bar was mounted at the back, which involved cutting out a few centimeters at the bottom of the rear bodywork. This was done to tow a trailer with a military radio transmitter. The name Hammerstein appears engraved in the metal of the two front seat sliders. This could be the name of a German officer from the military family Von Hammerstein, and be connected to the name of one of the officers who considered the car as loot.

The car has been successfully ‘recycled’ by the factory towards the end of the war: the Vanvooren body was re-fitted to one of the five new chassis that had been stored in Bordeaux in 1940. The number pencilled in the factory records (the ‘Pracht Carnets’) was 57780 with engine n°546 and this is clearly what it would have become had circumstances not dictated otherwise. By order of Hans Trippel, the chassis was taken back to Molsheim in 1941. It was a complete chassis with engine, gearbox and differential. The frame number, 438, shows us that the engine 546 has been fitted in the chassis some time after June 1939.

The current car with intended chassis n°57780 and engine n°546, body ex-57757 by Vanvooren

It is extremely likely that at the end of the war, several Type 57 that had been requisitioned, poorly looked after or simply damaged while in storage, would have been returned to the Bugatti factory to be restored. New clients had the choice of getting their chassis restored or having their coachwork fitted to one of the new 1939 chassis that were still available. This is undoubtedly what happened to body number 57757, whose owner after the war chose a new Type 57 chassis. (One can suppose that the engine 52C was unusable as chassis 57757 was recovered by the factory and fitted with the engine ex-57404, and a fairly heavy four-seater Gangloff cabriolet body.)

After the war, we find the chassis with engine 546 fitted with the Vanvooren coachwork, in Austria. Paul Girardoni, owner of a large Austrian sugar refinery, bought the car in the early 1950s, and according to his wife, Olga Girardoni, this transaction took place in 1951. She remembers receiving the car as a present from her husband, and using it daily, as well as taking it to the factory in Molsheim several times to be serviced.

At this point, the car was green (Mrs Girardoni recalls it being „petrol-coloured“) with tan leather interior. Between 1952 and 1954 it was registered in Saint-Gilgen on lake Wolfgangsee, in the province of Salzburg, with the number S 33.696, and later in Burgenland, close to the factory, with the number B 31.133. Mrs Girardoni’s family albums include numerous photos of the car.

In 1965 the car was sold to the great Swedish collector Allan Söderström, from Malmo. When he died, the Bugatti was put up for sale by his son, and bought in 1996 through the dealer Jean-François du Montant by M. Pierre-Alain Bonnigal. During his ownership, the car was repainted dark blue.

The car was acquired by the VOLANTE Collection in 2014, through Bruno Vendiesse, to become a highlight of the VOLANTE Museum’s exhibition. We entrusted the Bugatti to the workshop of René Grosse for a full-scale two-year restoration that cost in excess of EUR 350,000. The coachwork was repainted in the original Nitrolac two-tone colour scheme, blue and black. The original Vanvooren interior was upholstered in specially embossed blue leather, made to original pattern. The rear of the car, modified during the war, was restored to its original configuration. Over 4,000 photographs were taken of different stages of the restoration, documenting the meticulous attention to detail taken by the team at Grosse’s workshop.

Renowned Vanvooren specialists, our approach to this project was as historians. The Museum, dedicated to fine pre-war motor cars, already included eight cars bodied by Vanvooren, and we were very familiar with the techniques used at the workshop in Courbevoie. Maybe there was no one more qualified to return this 1938 Paris Motor Show Vanvooren cabriolet to its former glory.

Consequently, this car won the Bugatti Award in a group of six Type 57s at last year’s Concours d’Élégance – Masterpieces at Schloss Dyck. A great recognition of the research and restoration work done.

Thanks to Pierre-Yves Laugier (Bugatti historian) for providing the major part of information.

With timeless styling and sophisticated engineering, the Type 57 is the ultimate road-going Bugatti and enjoys sought-after status among today’s collectors. This particular car, which features the improved third series chassis and elegant one-off Vanvooren bodywork, is an outstanding representative of the marque and model. Presented here is a well-documented Type 57 that has benefited from a full-scale restoration at the renowned workshop of René Grosse. For the collector in search of a superb example of the iconic Type 57 Bugatti, we encourage serious consideration of this outstanding and highly original Bugatti.

Price: POA


The VOLANTE Collection makes every effort to represent each vehicle accurately and with integrity. We also welcome third party inspections when necessary. Although we try to do our very best to be accurate in our description writing we are human and do make mistakes. Unless otherwise noted, all vehicles are sold AS IS, No Warranty Expressed or Implied. All sales final.

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1932 Lancia Astura Cabriolet
2nd series Pinin Farina

  • Chassis no.:  30-1543
  • Engine no.:  85-601
  • Engine:  2.6 liter SOHC V8
  • Transmission:  3 speed manual
  • Power output:  72 bhp (53 kW) at 4,000 rpm
  • Top speed:  85 mph / 137 km/h
  • Numbers built:  750
  • Years built:  1932 – 1933
  • Extremely rare / about five cars of this design still exist today
  • Highly collectible 2nd Series (tipo 230) Cabriolet
  • Concours condition
  • One of the oldest Pinin Farina cars in existence
  • ASI Targa Oro
  • Registro Storico Lancia

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Examples of the Lancia Astura do not come along very often and when they do, they cause something of a stir as one of the most important pre-war motor cars. From the 1920’s until the outbreak of WWII, Vincenzo Lancia, one of the most gifted automobile engineers, created some of the finest automobiles of the time. Sophisticated, stylish, and expensive, the Pinin Farina-designed Astura was Lancia’s premier luxury model during the Art Deco era. The car displayed all the right attributes: flowing lines, a whiff of flamboyance, and a fashionable aura that made it the choice of Italian dignitaries – including Mussolini, who used an Astura coupe as his government car. Produced from 1931 to 1939 in four series, the exquisite Astura was regarded as one of the most beautiful cars among its competitors. Highly collectable and extremely rare, with their classic and elegant Pinin Farina styling and unique, yet effective V8 engine, these cars are in high demand worldwide especially when in Concours condition.

Featuring elegant four-seater cabriolet coachwork by the newly established Carrozzeria Pinin Farina, this 2nd Series Astura was partially restored in 2000 and must be described as in generally excellent condition. Previously registered in Zurich, Switzerland (1947 – 1996), the Astura became part of the exclusive private collection of Giuseppe Bruni in Sicily and since 1997 has been registered with the Registro Storico Lancia. Following the document, the two-tone paint job was done in Amaranto Scurissimo Pinin Farina and Nero.

After enjoying the car for 18 years, Mr. Bruni decided in 2014 to part with his beloved Astura. The VOLANTE collection seized the opportunity to take over one of the most important Italian automobiles of the pre-war period and proudly presented the car in its exhibition. Since then, the prestigious Lancia has been used only on special occasions, such as weddings in the owner family.

The car has no German registration, but can be test-driven at any time with dealer license plates. The car comes with Italian registration documents and ASI Targa Oro.

Price: EUR 160,000


The VOLANTE Collection makes every effort to represent each vehicle accurately and with integrity. We also welcome third party inspections when necessary. Although we try to do our very best to be accurate in our description writing we are human and do make mistakes. Unless otherwise noted, all vehicles are sold AS IS, No Warranty Expressed or Implied. All sales final.

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1932 Lincoln KA Eight Victoria Coupe

  • Series 501 / Model 506
  • Design by Edsel Ford
  • Coachwork by Murray
  • Chassis no.:  70267
  • Engine no.:  KA 48875
  • Engine:  385 ci (6.3 Liter) Lincoln L-head V8
  • Power output:  125 bhp (93 kW) at 2,900 rpm
  • Transmission:  3 speed manual synchronized
  • Years built:  1932 only
  • Total numbers built:  1,765
  • Victoria Coupe (Model 506) built:  265, with only 7 known to be in existence today

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Introduced in 1931 to replace Lincoln’s aging Model L, the Model K made quite a splash almost immediately! With new styling came increased sales and the revised 385ci V8 was among the smoothest, most powerful and largest engines that money could buy. The big news for the 1932 Lincoln Model K line was the Model KA, a V-8 series on a 136-inch wheelbase. The 1932s were undoubtedly the most elegant Lincolns yet, a fact owed in no small degree to Edsel Ford. Though nominally the president of Ford Motor Company, Edsel didn’t run the place in most respects; his irascible father Henry was still really in charge. But there was an exception. According to industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague, who worked with Edsel during 1934-1940, „In the field of design Edsel had a free hand. Here his unique ability was, in his father’s eyes, both mysterious and highly respected, not to be interfered with. . . .”. A man of impeccable taste, with a keen eye for line and form, he had set up a studio as a sort of retreat where he could develop his design concepts, free of interference from old Henry. His goal was succinctly expressed when he remarked, „Father made the most popular car in the world. I would like to make the best.“ He’d begun influencing Lincoln design soon after Ford bought Lincoln in 1922. Each year he would solicit proposals from America’s most prominent coachbuilders and decide which firms would supply which body types. The KA was offered in seven body types, all factory styles built by Murray. It has been reported that the Soviet government ordered 400 of these cars – nearly 19 percent of production – for use by tourists and foreign dignitaries.

The Victoria 2-door 5-passenger coupe in the Lincoln sales brochure:

The Lincoln five-passenger coupe on the 8-cylinder chassis is an ideal car for the owner-driver. The car is low-slung, hugging the road closely. The close-coupled body, low lines and curving coach sill give an impression of unusual grace. Five persons are carried comfortably. The front passenger seat slides forward when the seat back is folded down. This and the unusually wide door allow easy access. The rear seat is formed of two cushions which give an arm-chair appearance when the middle arm rest is folded down. A lid in the rear deck opens to give access to a large storage space in which luggage, golf clubs or other articles may be stowed away.

The Victoria on offer:

1932 Lincoln KA 5 Passenger Victoria. 136″ wheelbase chassis / body by Murray. While it is one of 265 made, only 7 are accounted for between the Lincoln Owner’s Club and the Classic Car Club of America’s rosters combined. This car was owned by the same owner from about 1970 until 2012. From 1970 until 1985 he did a frame off restoration on the car and drove and showed the vehicle on a regular basis. During his 40 year ownership, the former owner created an extensive file folder on this car keeping receipts, correspondence letters, historical notes, etc which will be included with the sale of the car. In the 2000’s, the car was both mechanically and cosmetically upgraded as needed including chrome, rebuilt Stromberg carburetor, starter and fuel system, new wiring, 6 new tires, paint upgrades, etc.

Due to his age, the longtime owner decided in 2012 to part with his Lincoln, and the VOLANTE Collection took the opportunity to acquire such a rare and historically significant car from the US. During our ownership, we drove the Lincoln only once a year, just to keep all mechanical parts moving.

Today, the car appears extremely nice inside and out and is very well detailed. The car starts easily, idles well and the engine is extremely quiet at all speeds. The clutch and transmission are smooth, the brakes work well and stop the car straight and square. The paint in Cobolt Blue is nice showing only minimal wear in the expected areas. The door fit and hood fit is excellent with even margins and gaps. The chrome is good. The dashboard is complete with all of its proper gauges. The interior is the proper and matching blue cloth and is very nice including the door panels, headliner, etc. Other options include Dual Sidemounts, Wire Wheels, Rear Trunk, Lighters, Fog Lights, Sidemount Mirrors and more.

This car impresses in just about every way imaginable. Overall, this is an extremely rare, well presented and ready to use Lincoln.

Price: EUR 55,000


The VOLANTE Collection makes every effort to represent each vehicle accurately and with integrity. We also welcome third party inspections when necessary. Although we try to do our very best to be accurate in our description writing we are human and do make mistakes. Unless otherwise noted, all vehicles are sold AS IS, No Warranty Expressed or Implied. All sales final.

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1969 De Tomaso Mangusta

  • Chassis Number:  8MA820
  • Engine:  4.7-litre / 289 cubic inch Ford V8
  • Transmission:  5-speed ZF manual (transaxle)
  • Torque:  392 lb/ft (531 Nm) at 3.500 rpm
  • Power output:  306 bhp (228 kW) at 6.200 rpm
  • Top Speed:  155mph / 250km/h
  • Numbers built:  401 (about 200 left in existence today)
  • Years built:  1967 – 1971
  • Design:  Giorgetto Giugiaro at Ghia

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The De Tomaso Mangusta, a design masterpiece penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro while working at Ghia, is one of the most stunning cars built in that wonderful era of the mid to late 1960’s. Standing just 43 inches / 1,10 meters tall, the Mangusta is the epitome of exotic. The Mangusta, which is Italian for Mongoose, was so named after the animal capable of killing Cobras. One of the most gorgeous shaped to ever grace four wheels, the De Tomaso Mangusta is impossibly rare and after almost 45 years, still stunningly seductive. The cars came equipped with a ZF five-speed transmission, Campagnolo cast-magnesium wheels, four-wheel disc brakes, independent suspension, rack and pinion steering, power windows, Ferrero wood and leather steering wheel, and the very exciting gullwing doors that cover the engine and trunk.

In total only 401 Mangustas were built between 1967 and 1971 and only about 150 were the European spec cars with the smaller but more powerful engine (289 cu V8 / 305bhp against the 302 cu V8 / 221bhp US spec cars). Of the two design variants available (4 fixed headlights against 2 pop-up headlights) the 4 headlights version is the much more desirable.

The car on offer is of the most sought after European spec 289 cu / 4 headlights type, exquisitely restored to original specification. The Mangusta is presented in Red with a Black leather interior, and is a left-hand drive car that was sold new to a Mr Norman Dube of Nova Scotia, Canada. In April 2002, the car headed to the sunnier climes of California.

Within a couple of months of landing the car, it was decided that it would benefit from a full restoration and so entrusted vintage & historic racing specialists, TSR Enterprises, Inc. of Sonoma California, to carry out a complete overhaul of the car. The history file contains extensive bills exceeding $70,000 from the aforementioned restorer detailing all works undertaken. A must-have feature on any car in California is air-conditioning and this too was fitted at the time of restoration.

After a decade of enjoyment from the Mangusta, the second keeper sold the car in August 2012, to the would-be purchaser, a British businessman, who resided in Sai Kung, Hong Kong. He exported the Mangusta to the UK in June 2013 and registered the car ‘HHY 59G‘. In early 2014 the car was sent to well-known specialist Simon Furlonger for a full service and MoT, whilst also attending to a few minor niggles that were remedied easily enough. At the end of that year, 8MA820 was acquired by the VOLANTE Collection to highlight the exhibition at the opening season of the VOLANTE Museum in 2015.

Since then, the Mangusta only was taken out for short rides, just to move the mechanical parts. No German road registration, but the car can be test driven with dealer plates at any time. With the odometer now reading 34,800 miles, the Mangusta represents a masterpiece in design flair combined with brute engine power.

This example is most likely one of the best-preserved Mangustas in existence and as such presents a special opportunity for any collector of Italian Supercars.

Price: EUR 245,000


The VOLANTE Collection makes every effort to represent each vehicle accurately and with integrity. We also welcome third party inspections when necessary. Although we try to do our very best to be accurate in our description writing we are human and do make mistakes. Unless otherwise noted, all vehicles are sold AS IS, No Warranty Expressed or Implied. All sales final.

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1977 Maserati Khamsin T-Top

  • Chassis No.:  AM120*US1142 *
  • Body No.:  550021
  • Engine:  4.9-litre AM115 V8
  • Transmission:  5-speed ZF manual
  • Torque:  354 lb/ft (482 Nm) at 4.000 rpm
  • Power output:  320 bhp (240 kW) at 5.500 rpm
  • Top Speed:  170 mph / 270 km/h
  • Numbers built:  430
  • Years built:  1974 – 1982
  • Design: Marcello Gandini at Bertone

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Maserati’s Khamsin was the last of a long and noble line of front-engined supercars cars from the trident-sporting marque, one that included such automotive legends as the 3500 GT, Mistral and Ghibli. Less overtly exotic than its contemporary Modenese rivals, Maseratis appealed to an altogether more sophisticated clientele, who appreciated the finer things in life. Named after an Egyptian desert wind, the Khamsin was unveiled as a successor to the mighty Ghibli at the Paris Salon in 1972. With modern, square-cut styling by Bertone’s legendary designer Marcello Gandini, the newest Trident featured a fashionable wedge-shaped profile and some quirky details, including a unique glass panel set between the tail lights and asymmetric bonnet vent. The Khamsin employed Maserati’s venerable quad-cam V8, extracting 320 horses from its 4.9-litres, fed by four Weber 42 DCNF6 carburettors and driving the rear wheels via a ZF five-speed transmission (a Borg-Warner automatic remained an option for all markets). The Khamsin also benefited from Maserati’s new relationship with parent company Citroën, incorporating a hydraulic system that included speed-variable power steering, along with the clutch and dual circuit brakes. The rest of the Khamsin’s specification was largely conventional – for a 1970s Italian exotic at any rate – with ventilated disc brakes all ’round, rack and pinion steering and independent suspension (doing away with the Ghibli’s much-criticised live rear axle), with wishbones, coil springs and anti-roll bars at both ends. The Khamsin’s cabin was beautifully appointed in the finest Maserati tradition, with sumptuous hand-stitched leather upholstery, full instrumentation and even occasional rear seats, albeit with extremely limited legroom. Although contemporary claims of a top speed in excess of 280km/h may have been slightly exaggerated, there is no doubting the Khamsin’s performance, with Motor magazine recording a 0-60mph time of 6.6 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 14.7 seconds. When production finally commenced in 1974, the fuel crisis – coupled with a massive list price – saw cars trickle off the production line, with just 64 delivered in the first year and a total of just 430 examples built by the time production came to a halt eight years later. The Khamsin was described by the respected American journal Road & Track as “an ego trip on wheels, but… it’s a trip most enthusiasts wouldn’t mind taking”, while Autocar conducted a test of an auto and concluded “… it tries to provide Porsche practicality with Italian style and glamour and it succeeds in no small measure.”

AM120*US1142* was sold new via the US west coast distributor Maserati Automobiles California Inc. in 1977. One of exactly 100 US 5 speed versions, it was originally Giallo fly (fly yellow), one of only seven Khamsins in that spectacular shade, all of them US models. Little is known of its early history however what is certain is that it received the T-Top modification when new. In fact the factory’s long time historian Ermanno Cozza confirmed that the West coast distributor submitted a request for official approval of the conversion but since the factory required an inspection of the car in Modena to approve it the idea went no further. The modification was carried out in California by an independent shop just prior to the car’s delivery to its first owner. It was very well executed and allows the two very light panels to be removed or refitted in moments. The quality of the work is excellent, the panels (provided by Hurst Hatches) are in fact in tinted glass. The first owner also had the car repainted black before delivery and enjoyed the T-Top Khamsin in sunny southern California where it must have turned many heads. He then sold the car In the late 1980’s to the Fine Car Store near San Diego. There it was spotted and bought by the well-known Dutch collector Paul Koot in October 1989 with only 16.197 miles and in excellent absolutely rust free condition. Upon its importation to Holland the car received a European bumper conversion with new old stock parts. After a few years of limited use Paul Koot sold it to another noted Dutch Maserati collector, Doctor George Lipperts who travelled fairly extensively with it including to the 90th anniversary of Maserati in 2004.

In June 2010 it was bought by the Maserati Club of Holland President, Mr. Bart van der Weiden, after a diligent quest which involved inspecting no less than 27 Khamsins. He had been struck by how absolutely rust free and well preserved this car was along with its uniqueness as a T-Top allowing Berlinetta practicality but full enjoyment of open air driving.

An engineer and perfectionist who works on his own cars he constantly saw to it being in perfect condition and performed an engine out head gasket change noting that the internals were in very good condition. He changed the belts and most of the hydraulic hoses and changed the mile counter to kilometres at a time when it had just over 30,000 miles. It now has less than 50,000 kms. The steering wheel was also replaced with a correct European model version. The black leather seats and beige carpets are very well preserved and thanks to excellent maintenance it is on the button ready to be enjoyed for spirited drives or for continental tours as one of the finest, most efficient, fast and comfortable grand tourers of all time.

According to Marc Sonnery founder of the Maserati Khamsin registry in 2004 and author of the definitive work on Khamsins (Maserati the Citroën years 1968-1975): ‚Apart from the Khamsin spyder it is well known and recognized in classic Maserati circles as the only open top Khamsin. It is one of the best Khamsins I have ever inspected in terms of condition and a ride with its owner in 2011 showed how enjoyable and practical it is.‘

When the T-Top Khamsin appeared to the open market in 2015 at Bonhams’ Retromobile Paris sale at the Grand Palais, the VOLANTE Collection took the chance to acquire this unique Maserati. Since then, the car was road driven only twice a year, just to keep all mechanical parts working. In the VOLANTE Museum, the open Khamsin was one of the visitors’ favorites.

After many years in the shadow the Khamsin has now been recognized by collectors as one of the most brilliantly competent and thrilling cars to drive of its era, indeed they were far ahead of their time.

Not road registered. Ready for test-driving on dealer plates at any time.

Price: EUR 200,000


The VOLANTE Collection makes every effort to represent each vehicle accurately and with integrity. We also welcome third party inspections when necessary. Although we try to do our very best to be accurate in our description writing we are human and do make mistakes. Unless otherwise noted, all vehicles are sold AS IS, No Warranty Expressed or Implied. All sales final.

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1999 Lotus Esprit V8 350 Sport
Limited Edition No. 28/42

  • Chassis No.: SCCDA0825XHC15844
  • Engine No.: LL918990930404
  • Engine: Type 918 all‐alloy dohc 32‐valve 3506cc V8 with two Garrett T25 turbos
  • Transmission: 5‐speed manual transaxle
  • Torque: 295 lb/ft (400 Nm) at 4.250 rpm
  • Power output: 350 bhp (260 kW) at 6.500 rpm
  • Top Speed: 175 mph / 282 km/h
  • Numbers built: limited edition run of 42 cars, out of a total 1291 V8s built
  • Years built: 1999
  • Design: Giorgetto Giugiaro / Peter Stevens

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The Lotus Esprit is a sports car that was built by Lotus Cars at their Hethel factory in the United Kingdom between 1976 and 2004. In 1996, Lotus launched the Esprit V8. The car received Lotus‘ own Type 918 V8 engine, which was an all‐aluminum 90° DOHC 4 valves per cylinder with a flat‐plane crankshaft and twin Garrett AiResearch T25/60 turbochargers. The transaxle used was the same Renault unit as before but upgraded by Lotus racing driver Derek Bell with a much thicker single piece input shaft. Despite having a modified transaxle, the Type 918 engine was detuned from a potential 373 kW (507 PS; 500 hp) to 261 kW (355 PS; 350 hp) at 6500 rpm and 400 Nm (295 lb/ft) of torque at 4250 rpm to prevent gearbox damage. In period tests, acceleration from 0–60 mph was achieved in 4.4 seconds and top speeds of over 282 km/h (175 mph) were achieved. After a 28‐year production run, less than 11,000 Esprits were produced.

The V8 350 Sport (price when new: EUR 110,000) is the most extreme version of the Esprit ever to reach the market. Developed from the already awesomely rapid V8 road car but encapsulating much of the brake, suspension and handling technology gleaned from two decades of GT competition experience. This car is designed for the Esprit owner who wants the ultimate Esprit.

Just 42 V8 350 Sports were made, each offering 350 horsepower. Various engine, chassis and braking improvements, including AP Racing brakes, stiffer springs and a revised ECU. Several visual changes were also made, notably the addition of a large carbon fibre rear wing on aluminum uprights in place of the standard fibre glass one. By this time the Esprit could reach 60 mph (100 km/h) in 4.3 seconds as well as reaching 0‐100 mph in less than 10 seconds, and weighed 1,300 kg (2,866 lb) as a result of many modifications. The 350 also has 1 piece OZ racing magnesium light weight alloy wheels with Michelin contact sports tyres fitted all round, adjustable seats with lumber support, air conditioning, removeable composite roof panel, use of carbon fibre including the carbon fibre 115 GT1 rear wing mentioned above, Kelsy hayes 430 abs module and Momo steering wheel.

This stunning Lotus Esprit V8 Twin Turbo 350 Sport is an original UK supplied car and is no.28 of 42 produced, first registered in April, 2000. Finished in Metallic Silver with contrasting Black and Blue Alcantara Sport 350 Interior, having travelled just 24,000 miles from new this car benefits from a Full Service history, last serviced at 23,000 miles, with a new clutch fitted in November 2013.

After the VOLANTE Collection acquired this rare car in 2014, the headlamps were upgraded for continental traffic (which can easily be reset). Since then, the car was road driven only twice a year, just to keep all mechanical parts working.

This super rare Esprit is accompanied with the Lotus Certificate of Provenance, the original key fobs, handbook and wallet pack with original period Alpine music system and CD changer.

Being in fabulous condition, this car represents a fantastic opportunity to purchase a piece of iconic Lotus History.

Price: EUR 63,000


The VOLANTE Collection makes every effort to represent each vehicle accurately and with integrity. We also welcome third party inspections when necessary. Although we try to do our very best to be accurate in our description writing we are human and do make mistakes. Unless otherwise noted, all vehicles are sold AS IS, No Warranty Expressed or Implied. All sales final.

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