1985 Maserati Kyalami 4.9lt V8 Manual Tipo AM129/49

Mileage: 32 180km
Transmission: Manual
Colour: White
Year: Produced 14/10/1983 and first registered on the road in 1985 in South Africa

Maserati is one of those manufacturers with a long fascinating history that of course involves countless special cars both on and off the racetrack and this story wouldn’t be as fascinating without some financial drama. Long story short, when the Italian government bailed Maserati out of its money troubles, Alejandro de De Tomaso took over the company shortly afterwards. Under De Tomaso’s watch, the first new Maserati was the Kyalami which was named after the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in South Africa where the Maserati powered Cooper T81 had won the 1967 South African Grand Prix.

The Kyalami was based on the De Tomaso Longchamp. Pietro Frua was commissioned to re-style the car and give it that traditional Maserati look and feel. The edgy lines of the Longchamp were softened, and the headlamps were replaced by quad round units. The car was also lowered, lengthened, and widened in order to give the car a sportier character. The interior was also upgraded to incorporate classic Maserati elements such as the steering wheel and Instrumentation. It was upholstered in premium Connolly leather and had plush carpeting. The boxy design for the roof meant that the car could easily seat taller passengers. A quad overhead camshaft Maserati 90° V8 engine was utilised to power the car, as opposed to the American-sourced Ford V8 which was used in the Longchamp. The Kyalami was the last car to use this engine which has long since been a favourite amongst petrolheads for its instant torque and punchy acceleration. Built from 1976 through until 1983 and during this time only 201 cars were built. Of these only 75 cars were built with the most desirable specification, being powered by the bigger 4.9 litre V8 engine. Of these 75 cars only 21 were RHD (10 with a manual gearbox and 11 with an automatic gearbox). In 1978, the enlarged version of the engine, displacing 4.9-litres was rated at 206 kW / 276 hp at 5,600 rpm and these were coupled with a ZF five-speed manual transmission and where the motors were equipped with Weber downdraft carburettors and a dry sump lubrication system. Maserati claimed a top speed of 240 km/h.

Our Kyalami is 1 of 10 the most sought-after model…the 4.9lt V8 with the 5-speed manual box, no 49 in RHD, a matching numbers vehicle. The white exterior (think creamy rather than ice white) is called Bianco white and looks fantastic playing off beautifully with the black interior. Although this vehicle was in decent condition when we purchased it, we found it befitting to perform a thorough restoration the 36yr old car bringing the condition to a fresh high-quality standard. The paintwork is exemplary and now paired with the reconditioned chrome work, it absolutely looks the part with its menacing widebody stance. The interior of this vehicle was already in tip top condition so minor touches with adhered to bring this up to spec. Mechanically this vehicle has had a full work over and service from motor tuning, replacing any and all old wearing parts to water pump (near impossible to source), clutch replacement, drive train refresh, bushings and bearings right through to refreshing both fuel tanks. A fresh set of boots has been fitted and now this car moves…like really moves. It has an unexpected acceleration that pushes one back into their seat, when coupled with the lovely slick physical experience of change gears, the driver is rewarded with a very involving drive in all the right ways. Dynamically, it’s a real hoot to drive when in a spritely move with a meaty sounding V8, yet it’s still comfortable enough to take the wife for a breakfast on the other side of the peninsula. The mileage is 32180 on the clock. We cannot confirm if this is genuine mileage because the clock may have gone round once, however based on condition and previous history of lying dormant for years in a collectors warehouse, we could assume its genuine since its interior was so neat to begin with not showing the usual wear and tear signs associated with mileage.

This is a classic worthy of collector status based not only on its rarity, but for the enthusiast looking to have something different in their garage. Their pricing has been on the up in recent years, so we know it’s already an investment car, even if it’s a bit on the obscure side for mainstream collectors.

The car is currently located in South Africa with Road & Race Automotive in Cape Town. Road & Race has years of experience in shipping and selling vehicles into the UK using the trusted Freight Factory as their shipping partner. The price is inclusive of shipping and duties where the new caretaker can collect from the unpack warehouse near London Gateway receiving the car and all necessary documentation. IF, the new owner would like the car delivered to their door, MOT’d and registered, this is an additional service we can provide too.

Location:
Road and Race Automotive, Cape Town
Contact:
Taylor – +27 (0) 64 350 1954
Marc – +27 (0) 82 322 9784
Antony – +27 (0) 74 456 4672
Landline – +27 (0) 21 200 5775

www.roadandrace.co.za

Description

1985 Maserati Kyalami 4.9lt V8 Manual Tipo AM129/49

Mileage: 32 180km
Transmission: Manual
Colour: White
Year: Produced 14/10/1983 and first registered on the road in 1985 in South Africa

Maserati is one of those manufacturers with a long fascinating history that of course involves countless special cars both on and off the racetrack and this story wouldn’t be as fascinating without some financial drama. Long story short, when the Italian government bailed Maserati out of its money troubles, Alejandro de De Tomaso took over the company shortly afterwards. Under De Tomaso’s watch, the first new Maserati was the Kyalami which was named after the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in South Africa where the Maserati powered Cooper T81 had won the 1967 South African Grand Prix.

The Kyalami was based on the De Tomaso Longchamp. Pietro Frua was commissioned to re-style the car and give it that traditional Maserati look and feel. The edgy lines of the Longchamp were softened, and the headlamps were replaced by quad round units. The car was also lowered, lengthened, and widened in order to give the car a sportier character. The interior was also upgraded to incorporate classic Maserati elements such as the steering wheel and Instrumentation. It was upholstered in premium Connolly leather and had plush carpeting. The boxy design for the roof meant that the car could easily seat taller passengers. A quad overhead camshaft Maserati 90° V8 engine was utilized to power the car, as opposed to the American-sourced Ford V8 which was used in the Longchamp. The Kyalami was the last car to use this engine which has long since been a favorite amongst petrolheads for its instant torque and punchy acceleration. Built from 1976 through until 1983 and during this time only 201 cars were built. Of these only 75 cars were built with the most desirable specification, being powered by the bigger 4.9 litre V8 engine. Of these 75 cars only 21 were RHD (10 with a manual gearbox and 11 with an automatic gearbox). In 1978, the enlarged version of the engine, displacing 4.9-litres was rated at 206 kW / 276 hp at 5,600 rpm and these were coupled with a ZF five-speed manual transmission and where the motors were equipped with Weber downdraft carburettors and a dry sump lubrication system. Maserati claimed a top speed of 240 km/h.

Our Kyalami is 1 of 10 the most sought-after model…the 4.9lt V8 with the 5-speed manual box, no 49 in RHD, a matching numbers vehicle. The white exterior (think creamy rather than ice white) is called Bianco white and looks fantastic playing off beautifully with the black interior. Although this vehicle was in decent condition when we purchased it, we found it befitting to perform a thorough restoration the 36yr old car bringing the condition to a fresh high-quality standard. The paintwork is exemplary and now paired with the reconditioned chrome work, it absolutely looks the part with its menacing widebody stance. The interior of this vehicle was already in tip top condition so minor touches with adhered to bring this up to spec. Mechanically this vehicle has had a full work over and service from motor tuning, replacing any and all old wearing parts to water pump (near impossible to source), clutch replacement, drive train refresh, bushings and bearings right through to refreshing both fuel tanks. A fresh set of boots has been fitted and now this car moves…like really moves. It has an unexpected acceleration that pushes one back into their seat, when coupled with the lovely slick physical experience of change gears, the driver is rewarded with a very involving drive in all the right ways. Dynamically, it’s a real hoot to drive when in a spritely move with a meaty sounding V8, yet it’s still comfortable enough to take the wife for a breakfast on the other side of the peninsula. The mileage is 32180 on the clock. We cannot confirm if this is genuine mileage because the clock may have gone round once, however based on condition and previous history of lying dormant for years in a collectors warehouse, we could assume its genuine since its interior was so neat to begin with not showing the usual wear and tear signs associated with mileage.

This is a classic worthy of collector status based not only on its rarity, but for the enthusiast looking to have something different in their garage. Their pricing has been on the up in recent years, so we know it’s already an investment car, even if it’s a bit on the obscure side for mainstream collectors.

The car is currently located in South Africa with Road & Race Automotive in Cape Town. Road & Race has years of experience in shipping and selling vehicles into the UK using the trusted Freight Factory as their shipping partner. The price is inclusive of shipping and duties where the new caretaker can collect from the unpack warehouse near London Gateway receiving the car and all necessary documentation. IF, the new owner would like the car delivered to their door, MOT’d and registered, this is an additional service we can provide too.

Location:
Road and Race Automotive, Cape Town
Contact:
Taylor – +27 (0) 64 350 1954
Marc – +27 (0) 82 322 9784
Antony – +27 (0) 74 456 4672
Landline – +27 (0) 21 200 5775

www.roadandrace.co.za