Lot 380 - 1982 Maserati Merak SS
|Odometer reading||42,702 miles|
|Estimate||£26,000 - £32,000|
|Result||Sold - £21,840|
The Maserati Merak was introduced in 1972, essentially a lighter version of the Maserati Bora. It substituted an all new Maserati designed quad-cam three litre V6 motor for the Bora's larger V8; resulting not only in a lower cost, but with room for a small backseat and better handling due to lower weight and a better front/rear weight distribution. Aesthetically, the Merak differed from the otherwise very similar Bora; mainly in sporting open flying buttresses instead of the Bora's fully glassed rear, the mid-engine Merak used the Bora bodyshell, but the extra space offered by the smaller engine was used to carve out a second row of seats, suitable for children or very small adults. As with the Bora, certain Citroën hydraulic systems were used in the Merak such as the brakes, clutch and headlight pods. In 1976 Maserati introduced the more powerful and lighter Maserati Merak SS. Production of the SS stopped in 1982. Its engine produced 15% more power, raising horsepower to 220hp and weight was reduced by 152kg to 1,400kg; resulting in a top speed of 152mph. Late Merak SS were bestowed with the interior and dash of the Maserati Bora.
This rare righthand drive Merak SS is one of the last to be manufactured, finished in the classic Italian red with tan leather interior. This car has only covered 42,700 miles from new with 40,000 of them completed before 1988, substantiated by the history file and old MoT's which come with the car. Throughout the history of this car it has been very well maintained including a major overhaul in 1988 by Bill Mcgrath Maserati Specialists. Recently the car has resided in a private collection and the vendor has just had the engine checked by a specialist resulting in a bill of over £4,000 to make sure that the car is running and driving well. It is supplied with a V5C registration form, a MoT test certificate, the original hand book and service book, old MoT test certificates and a history file containing invoices and bills. A rare opportunity to buy a much sought after righthand drive classic Maserati.
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