1978 Maserati Merak SS

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By the beginning of the Seventies any serious supercar manufacturer needed a mid-engine design and Maserati was no exception, so the creative talents of Giorgetto Giugiaro were called upon. The result was the Bora and the Merak which virtually shared the same underpinnings and body design. By 1975 Maserati had shrugged off the restraints of ownership by Citroen and were revitalised with De Tomaso as a partner. Fortunately for the Merak this would see an increase in power from the 3.0 litre Maserati unit and further weight saving - the Merak SS was the ultimate evolution. The Merak was now fulfilling its design brief to provide an alternative to the Lamborghini Urraco and the Ferrari 308/GT4. Like the Bora, the Merak was comfortable and refined and really only differed by engine size and the treatment to the engine cover. The 2+2 design did offer occasional seating in the rear. When production ceased nearly a thousand Merak SS had been delivered.Offered here is a 1978 Maserati Merak SS, the lighter and more powerful variant, in Rosso Fuoco Red with a velvet blue and black interior. This car is thought to have been delivered new to Japan, from where our vendor purchased the car. Bodily, although the paint has faded, the panels themselves are remarkably rust free, and would provide a good basis for a full repaint. The engine bay is dusty and it is unclear when the car last ran under its own steam, so we would recommend an engine rebuild as a matter of course. Open the door to the interior and the dashboard and centre console are both in good condition, whilst the seats are worn in parts. Both door cards still retain the protective plastic coating, which leads us to believe that the 15,298 km shown on the odometer could well be genuine, although this cannot be warranted.Supplied with a Maserati Certificate and a Nova reference number, this car has had all UK import duties paid, but will need an MoT before applying for a UK V5c.In summary this Merak SS is a great candidate for a full restoration and once finished you will be sure to attract a lot of attention in this pleasingly styled Italian sportscar.

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This item is part of The Porsche Car Sale 2016
 Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 | 2:00 PM  EUR (BST)
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1978 Maserati Merak SS
1978 Maserati Merak SS
Lot number: 331
Seller: Silverstone Auctions
Event: The Porsche Car Sale 2016
Ends: Saturday, October 15 | 2:00 PM  EUR (BST)

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