1977 | Maserati Merak SS
Low mileage, matching numbers, recorded history
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Make Maserati Model Merak Model name Merak SS Series Tipo AM 122 Year of manufacture 1977 Condition category Part-Restored Mileage (read) 13,860 mls Previous owners 5 First registration 01/1978 Matching numbers Yes Body style Coupe Body detail Coupe Power (kw/hp) 162/220 Cubic capacity (ccm) 2,965 Cylinders 6 Doors 2 Steering Left (LHD) Transmission Manual Gears 5 Drive Rear Front Brake Disc Rear Brake Disc Fuel Petrol Exterior colour Silver Manufacturer colour name Argento Interior colour Blue Interior material Leather
As the little brother of the Maserati Bora, the Maserati Merak was produced in various versions from 1972 to 1982.
Externally, it was based on its sister model, the Bora, from which the chassis and body shell were taken. The body was designed by Giorgio Giugiaro. The front section, including the passenger compartment, corresponded to that of the Maserati Bora, which had also been designed by Giugiaro. The rear section, however, was independent. The smaller engine made room for a second row of seats, while the heavy glass panel of the Bora was removed and replaced by a flat bonnet and a more elegant, free-floating C-pillar. Due to the external similarities to the Bora, the Merak was also given the name "La Borina" (little Bora) in the Italian press.
From a technical point of view, Maserati often used parts from the French manufacturer Citroën, to which Maserati had belonged since 1967. This included a six-cylinder engine developed by Maserati for Citroën. Over the years, these components were gradually replaced by Maserati's own designs. The chassis of the Merak was largely the same as that of the Bora. The dimensions were unchanged; the wheelbase of 2.60 m was also adopted. Due to the fact that the Merak weighed about 250 kg less than the Bora, the handling was much more agile.
With the takeover of Maserati by Alejandro de Tomaso in 1975, further engine variants appeared for the Merak. A more powerful version was sold from 1975 as the Merak SS, which again lost weight. The Merak SS was the first evolution of the original concept and had a more powerful engine whose output was initially 220 hp (162 kW). The increase in power was achieved by increasing the compression ratio, larger Weber carburettors and by revising the intake tract as well as larger valves. The top speed of the Merak SS increased to 245 km/h.
Externally, the SS was recognisable by an additional black-painted air vent that extended across the boot lid. Also new was a black-painted spoiler under the front fascia. The interior of the Merak SS also featured an independently developed dashboard for the first time, which was reserved for the left-hand drive versions. The following year, a five-speed ZF transmission replaced the previous Citroën design.
This Maserati Merak SS was produced with manual 5-speed gearbox and Campagnolo rims in Argento (silver, Salchi code 106E1) and blue leather (Connoly code VM.3489) in September 1977 and delivered to Maryland / USA in early 1978.
The first owner owned the car for about 20 years until 1998 and used it only as a second car. During this time, according to the description of the previous owners, he only drove just under 10,000 miles with the vehicle.
Afterwards, this Merak SS was sold to California. The second owner owned the car for a further 15 years and carried out a major engine overhaul in August 2000. This involved replacing the original hollow valves with solid valves and replacing the original timing chain with a better version. Both measures eliminated known weak points of the unit and made the engine much more durable. The corresponding receipts are available.
In 2012, he sold the Merak SS with a mileage of about 12,000 miles on to a good friend who also moved the car little. In May 2012, he had the car checked at SM World in Canyon Country and had some small things (air conditioning etc.) renewed. The vehicle had a mileage of 12,422 miles at that time. This low mileage was confirmed by the third party owner as well as being accident free. The vehicle received several awards at a number of car shows.
With a mileage of approx. 13,500 miles, the vehicle was sold to St. Louis in January 2014. Here, the vehicle was refurbished and completely painted for $36,000. Inside, the seats were faithfully reupholstered. After only six months, the vehicle was traded in at St. Louis Motorcars for a new Maserati. Here, the vehicle was checked and small things were fixed. The vehicle was then advertised on Ebay.
At the beginning of 2015, the current owner bought the vehicle and imported it to Germany. Since then, the vehicle has only been driven twice and has been parked in the garage ever since, so it is certainly one of the Maserati Meraks with the lowest mileage in the world.
The last service on this classic Italian sports car was carried out by Auto Sauer, Bamberg, in June 2017 at approximately 13,650 miles. In addition to bleeding the clutch, the brake caliper on the passenger side was overhauled and the brake fluid was replaced, the right cylinder head was overhauled and the exhaust system was repaired.
Prior to this, the car underwent an inspection in August 2014 at a mileage of 13,614 miles and had a number of minor items attended to, including the electric windows, horn and headlights.
As the car has not been driven much in the last few years, we recommend that the car is thoroughly serviced if it is to be driven extensively again.
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Registered Ready to drive Vehicle-ID: 248463
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