Lot 218 - 1975 Maserati Merak SS
|Odometer reading||2,203 miles|
|Estimate||£50,000 - £60,000|
- Only 2,203 miles from new
- Two recorded owners from new
- Superb condition and mechanically recommissioned
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.
This rare and fabulous left hand drive Maserati Merak SS, is very special indeed. Finished in highly desirable Argento Silver metallic and complemented by its still supple Nero Connolly leather, this 1975 Merak SS has had just two recorded owners and covered a mere 2,203 miles from new. Powered by the extremely sweet sounding and recently recommissioned 3.0 litre V6 pushing out 190bhp with four-overhead cams and triple Weber downdraft carburettors, this Merak is an extremely exciting car to drive. The five-speed manual gearbox shifts crisply and confidently, all while surrounding you with the exquisite leather interior appointments. It comes with factory fitted air conditioning, which is running as cold as it should, Campagnolo light alloy wheels and Jaeger gauges . Also accompanying the car is its original set of keys, handbook and a Certificate of Authenticity confirming that it is indeed a matching numbers car. There is paperwork in the history file confirming its mileage as it was sold by its first owner in 2014 in the US, with 1,812 miles showing on the odometer. The Merak was conceived as a complement to the larger Bora but gives up nothing in style and sophistication; it is also exceedingly rare with only 647 examples of this model produced. It is a wonderful car by any stretch of the imagination and finding one with only two former keepers and with so few miles is truly incredible. This is one of the earliest examples of an SS being built by Maserati in January 1975 prior to the official release of the SS at the Geneva Motorshow in March 1975 making it very rare indeed and even now it still has the original Campagnolo stickers on the wheels along with the original unused spare wheel and Michelin tyre from 1975! Do not miss this opportunity to acquire what is possibly the most original, lowest mileage Merak in existence.
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