Lot 212 - 1975 Maserati Merak
|Odometer reading||19,000 km|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £15,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,160|
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 back seat 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. As with the Bora, certain Citroën hydraulic systems were used such as the brakes, clutch and headlight pods
With just 647 Mk. I Meraks produced and very few still remaining on the road today, the younger sibling of the Bora has collectable qualities in abundance. This particular example was recently purchased in France and has a remarkable 19,000 kilometres displayed on the odometer which is thought to be correct however, due to the loss of paperwork, this is not warranted and any interested parties we recommend viewing the car and forming your own conclusion. Presented in silver coachwork with suede grey trim which shows little wear, this motorcar would certainly be a candidate for a cosmetic restoration at which point, it would present a very attractive proposition. Having been barn-stored for many years in France before being re-commissioned several years ago, the engine starts and runs well on idle and we are told the car drives with no major issues to the vendor's knowledge. Sold with French title, the invoice for the re-commissioning work and import documents so the new buyer can, if required, register this Merak for the UK roads, something we believe would be a formality. With this Maserati being offered at a very competitive estimate, the potential alone should render this coupé extremely popular with bidders.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.