17 June 2000
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1974 MASERATI MERAK
COACHWORK BY GIUGIARO
Chassis No. AM-122-US-0940
Powder blue with cream leather interior
Engine: V6, double overhead camshaft, 2,956cc, 190bhp at 7,500 rpm; Gearbox: five-speed manual; Suspension: coil springs with wishbones in front and rear; Brakes: disc brakes all around. Left hand drive.
The Maserati Merak, announced at the Paris Salon of 1972, was a little brother to the mid-engined V8 Bora and used the same Ital Design steel body, but with a smaller V6, 3 litre engine - as found in the Citroen SM coupe - that liberated space for two child-sized rear seats. The all-alloy powerplant, equipped with triple Weber carburetors, had been built by Maserati for Citroen at the Modena factory as Citroen had a controlling interest in Maserati during the early '70s. Thus the five-speed transaxle used in the front wheel drive SM could also be found in the Merak. The outright performance of the Merak was quick by most standards with a top speed of 135mph and 0-60 in 8.2 seconds. Fuel consumption worked out at a reasonable 19 miles to the gallon. Meraks were known to handle quite proficiently as the mid-engine design provided fine balance and traction on the car. Additionally a small amount of luggage space was made available in the nose of the car.
The Merak on offer here is a nicely presented example in respectable overall condition. The powder blue paint is in very good condition and shows only minor wear along the door sills and panel fit areas. The cream interior is in similar condition, as expected of a 75,000 mile car and features sheepskin covers on the front seats. The Merak is equipped with air conditioning, a Sony cassette deck and all gauges and instruments appear to be in good condition. These cars can offer exhilarating performance for a very affordable price and we encourage close inspection.
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