A lovely, very original, low-mileage 2+2 sports coupé that’s in superb condition and which would make a fabulous long-term, restoration project. Finished in Rosso Red with a black leather interior, the car has been part of a private collection and seen little use over the last thirty years. With a mileage of just under 43,000 miles, the car comes complete with a recent certificate of authenticity from Maserati Classiche.
Our car is a left-hand drive, EU-specification Maserati Merak SS, with a ‘square’ dashboard and is finished in Rosso Red with a black leather interior and matching carpets. The car has been in a private collection for some thirty years which accounts for the mileage of just 69,000 km (42,875 miles), and comes complete with the original order documents and factory build sheets along with a recent certificate of authenticity issued by Maserati Classiche.
Imported by Auto-König of Munich, the car was sold and delivered to Herr Peter Achter on 25 July 1979. In the mid-eighties, the car was sold to a collector in Austria; it remaining in his collection, largely unused, for the next thirty years.
Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Maserati Merak was launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1972. Sharing much with the more powerful, more luxurious, 4.7-litre V8 Maserati Bora released the previous year, the ‘Bora Junior’ was aimed very much at the Lamborghini Urraco / Ferrari 308/GT4 market. Virtually identical to the Maserati Bora from the nose to the B-pillars, the Maserati Merak used an all-steel monocoque and was powered by a remarkably compact, mid-mounted, 3.0-litre 12-valve, dohc V6 engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox-transaxle unit that allowed rear seats – albeit very small rear seats – to be accommodated.
In March 1975, the Maserati Merak SS was introduced at the Geneva Motor show, this ‘evolution model’ going into production the following year. The new model was 50 kg lighter and 30 bhp more powerful, thanks to the use of larger Weber 44DCNF carburettors and a higher compression ratio, and brought a variety of mechanical improvements and styling changes.
Produced between 1972 and 1983, 1,850 Maserati Meraks were produced, 970 of them being the Maserati Merak SS, of which 592 share the same EU, ‘square dashboard’ specification as our car.
In superb condition for an unrestored car, we’ve carried out a full service and recommissioned it; overhauling the hydraulic system, rebuilding the rear brake calipers, auditing the electrical system and registering it in the UK.
This is a great opportunity to own a car that’s slightly ‘different’, and something that, while it’s eminently driveable now, would certainly benefit from further restoration, perhaps even to concours standard. If you’d like more information, or would like to arrange a visit to discuss its possible future with you, please contact us.