1984 Maserati Merak

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1984
  • Mileage 
    16 000 mi / 25 750 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    AM.122.A.611
  • Engine number 
    AM122A611
  • Lot number 
    171
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Blu Celeste over Blu Sera
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location. Please contact the member of staff associated with this lot to secure your appointment.The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions will be given when making your appointment.One of the last RHD/UK-delivered examples with just 16,000 milesMore powerful and lightweight SS model with 220bhp1 of just 312 SS Bora dashboardexamples with a fully documented service historyIn superb unrestored condition with many original and rare featuresCollector-quality and ready for any Concours eventMaserati followed-up its first mid-engined supercar - the Bora - with the similar Merak. Launched in 1972, the latter was intended as competition for Ferraris top-selling Dino 246 and used a stretched, 3.0-litre, 190bhp version of the four-cam V6 that had debuted in the Citron SM (the French firm owned Maserati at the time). The unitary construction chassis, all-independent suspension and impeccable handling remained basically as the V8-engined Boras, though the Merak offered the convenience of +2 seating in the rear and superior all-round vision thanks to its distinctive rear flying buttresses.Competition from Ferraris new Dino V8 prompted the introduction of a more powerful and lightweight version - the Merak SS (Tipo AM122/A) with 220bhp engine and revised interior - for 1975, ZF transmission being adopted shortly after. The SS was distinguished by a black grille between the pop-up headlights. A Maserati-designed upper fascia with round instruments and a four-spoke steering wheel replaced the previous SM-derived interior. Later cars (and RHD examples) were bestowed with the full driver-oriented dashboard and three-spoke padded steering wheel from theBora.Changes made to the SS suspension greatly improved ride comfort over that of the original Merak and the phasing out of the Citroen brakes in favour of a more conventional system addressed some of the criticisms levelled at the earlier version. Widely recognised as one of the finest, if not the finest, of contemporary V6s, the Merak SS engine proved smooth, powerful, and capable of delivering its urge over a surprisingly wide range for such a high-performance engine. Like any true thoroughbred, the Merak possessed handling commensurate with its breath-taking acceleration and 150mph maximum speed. "Performance and handling are the raison dtre of a mid-engined sports car, and the Meraks astounding cornering power is a match for its straight-line punch,"observed Motor magazine.The most successful Maserati of its day, the Merak ceased production in 1983 after 1,817examples had been built, with just 312of them being the later 'Bora dashboard' SS version.The car presented here is a RHD (denoted by its odd, not even, chassis number)1984 Maserati Merak SS,a very late ('Bora dashboard') example that wasoriginally supplied new to the UKand first registered here on 18th May 1984. In its original and striking colours of Blu Celeste over Blu Sera, this time-warp example has covered just 16,000 documented miles (26,000 kms) with only four owners.Considered wholly unrestored and in an original state, the panel gaps and bodyworkstill appearfactory-finished, with no signs of corrosion. Likewise, the stylish interior (in an extremely rare cloth type, supposedly only used for a run of 2 weeks due to supply reasons) and engine bay both present in superb unmolested condition and wholly commensurate with the low mileage. It has a full service history (documented in the original service book), as well as aseparate file containing a huge number of detailed invoices for work carried out, virtual every MOT Certificate from new and factory supplied equipment and material, including the owners operating handbook, Maserati parts catalogue, the original duplicate set of keys, original spare wheel (unused) still with factory stickers, jack and original tool kit. Recent work includes the fittingof a new clutch (c2,000), a complete stainless-steel exhaust system (c1,500) and c2,500 spent with renowned Maserati specialists Emblem Sports Cars.A rare opportunity to acquire a low mileage Merak SS possessing impeccable history.1984 Maserati Merak SShttps://youtu.be/uv2KRE7A3KEtrue