1994 Maserati Shamal
1994 Maserati Shamal
- 1 of 7 UK RHD examples built
- 33,500 miles from new and just 4 previous owners
- 1 of 369 Shamals built between 1990-1996
- 2014 Maserati Owners Club Concours 'Best in Show' winner
Introduced in December 1989 the Maserati Shamal was the final model introduced under De Tomaso ownership, before Fiat bought 50% of Maserati in 1990, followed by the other 50% in 1993.
Produced between 1990 and 1996 the Shamal was penned by legendary designer Marcello Gandini, the man responsible for the Lamborghini Miura, Countach and Diablo, the Lancia Stratos, Bugatti EB110 and the De Tomaso Pantera. Although clearly related to the V6 powered Biturbo, the Shamal was a very different beast. Power came from a twin turbocharged 3.2 Litre, 32 valve, V8 engine developed specifically for the car. This cutting edge engine, unique to the model, churned out 320bhp and allowed the Shamal to sprint from 0-60mph in 5 seconds and onto a top speed of 170mph. Despite these impressive performance figures the Shamal was geared as much towards comfort as it was to outright pace and power. Its luxurious cabin cossetted the driver in sumptuous Italian leather and wood, while the cutting edge adaptive suspension, developed with Koni, allowed the driver to decide just how much of the road surface was transmitted through the chassis.
Over 6 years of production just 369 examples were built, of those only 7 were UK right hand drive cars. L111 MAS is one of them and is the only RHD Shamal finished in Blu Sera or any other Blue as a matter of fact. Delivered new in 1994 the first two owners were, quite appropriately, Italian gentleman based in the UK. In 1999, Martin Fryer of Fareham near Portsmouth bought the car and would keep L111 MAS for the next 15 years, using her sparingly with maintenance being carried out by respected marque specialists, Emblem Sports Cars. In 2014 the Maserati Owners Club celebrated 100 years of the marque by holding their Annual Concours at Prescott Hillclimb with L111 MAS winning ‘Best in Show’. When one considers the historical models produced by Maserati, this achievement is all the more impressive and testament to the car’s exceptional presentation and provenance.
On the road the car comes into its own, with an addictive surge from the twin turbochargers accompanied by huge acceleration with none of the lag that one would expect from similar rivals from the 80’s and 90’s. Handling is neutral and well balanced allowing for great confidence and as a result, one can truly enjoy all the power and ability of this fabulous motor car.
Today L111 MAS displays just 33,500 miles and is accompanied by its original handbooks in their leather wallet, tools, tyre repair kit, a fitted cover and a comprehensive history file.