1982 Maserati Merak SS Coupé Coachwork by Ital Design Registration no. YNE 120Y Chassis no. AM122A 657 Engine no. 520405
Maserati followed-up its first mid-engined supercar - the Bora - with the similar Merak. Launched in 1972, the latter was intended as competition for Ferrari's top-selling Dino 246 and used a stretched, 3.0-litre, 190bhp version of the four-cam V6 that had debuted in the Citroën SM (the French firm owned Maserati at the time). Competition from Ferrari's new V8-engined Dino prompted the introduction of a more powerful version - the Merak SS with 220bhp engine and revised interior - for 1975, ZF transmission being adopted shortly after. Widely recognised as one of the finest of contemporary V6s, the Merak SS engine was smooth, powerful and capable of delivering its urge over a surprisingly wide range for such a high performance unit. Like any true thoroughbred, the Merak possessed handling commensurate with its breathtaking acceleration and 150mph maximum speed. Changes made to the SS suspension greatly improved ride comfort over that of the original Merak while alterations to the instrumentation, switch gear and interior, and the phasing out of the Citroën brakes in favour of a more conventional system, addressed some of the criticisms levelled at the earlier version. The most successful Maserati of its day, the Merak ceased production in 1983 after 1,832 had been built, 626 of them the SS version.
One of the last made and one of only approximately 300 right-hand drive Meraks, this matching numbers example has been the same ownership for the last 12 years. The car was supplied new to Sam Speed Garages of Manchester and first registered on 1st April 1983. It subsequently passed through the hands of four owners before being acquired by a Mr Williams of London and Presteigne in 1996. In February 2002 the Merak was acquired by Corley Motors, from whom the current vendor purchased it in May '02. Originally supplied in 'Marrone' (metallic brown), the car was re-sprayed in its current 'Giallo Ginestra' (yellow) circa 2001 following bodywork repairs, and retains its original light tan leather upholstery, black dashboard and carpets.
Maintained with no expense spared, 'YNE 120Y' comes with receipts totalling £46,000 for work undertaken since 2002, including £35,000 spent with Bill McGrath Maserati since 2005. The car has been professionally stored in a Carcoon every winter since 2002 and is described as in generally very good/excellent condition. Accompanying documentation consists of the aforementioned service/maintenance bills, the original logbook, current road fund licence MoT to April 2015 and V5C registration document, and the car also comes with its original owner's handbook.