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    Maserati Merak

    The Maserati Merak is a glorious sports car.

    Timeless Italian design mixed with sharp, crisp lines and superb handling. The Maserati Merak is somewhat of a forgotten gem.

    This stunning coupe plays little sister to the Maserati Bora. However, it remains a very interesting car to this day.

    Racing Edge offers this beautiful 1975 Maserati Merak for sale. Inquire on the Racing Edge Paddock for more information.

    Italian sports car history

    The famous Trident marque made this two-door, 2+2 between 1972 and 1983. Maserati produced 1,830 units of the mid-engine, rear-wheel drive Merak during its lifetime. The model was popular and well loved.

    Maserati first unveiled the Merak at the 1972 Paris Auto Show, where it enjoyed a positive reception. A car designed to take on Italy’s sports car giants such as Ferrari’s Dino 308 GT4 and the Lamborghini Urraco.

    At the time, Citroen owned Maserati. Between 1968 and 1975, the Merak used some parts from the French manufacturer. The hydraulic systems for its brakes and headlamps came from Citroen.

    After Alejandro de Tomaso bought the Modena manufacturer in 1977, Citroen parts were slowly replaced with sportier and more reliable components.

    The Merak has a smaller 3-liter V6 engine compared to the 4.7-liter V8 found in the Bora. Both models share similar design traits, structure and parts. They look especially similar from the front, although the Merak displays distinctive chrome bumpers.    

    Maerati launched the lighter, more powerful Merak SS in 1976 to compensate for the original model’s lack of power. The Merak SS Tipo 80 remains the most-coveted iteration: stunning and rare.

    Under De Tomaso, Maserati began making the 2-liter Merak 2000 GT in 1980. The move was in response to Italian laws at the time that imposed heavy tax on cars with engines larger than two liters.

    Maserati Merak Specs

    Italian Sports Car

    While the steel-chassis Merak housed a smaller engine than its rivals, it made up for the gap in power with smooth handling.

    Between 1972 and 1975, Maserati built 830 units of the Merak. This first series featured a V6 engine, producing 187 bhp and holding a top speed of 240 km/h.

    The V6 was a version of the type C.114 engine the company had built for the Citroen SM. Maserati would later modify this engine into the first-ever twin-turbocharged engine placed in a production car (the Biturbo). 

    From 1976 to 1982, Maserati focused on the Merak SS. Featuring 220 bhp and a top speed of 250 km/h, 787 units were made. The Maserati Merak SS remains as beautiful as it was when it first rolled off the factory line!

    The Merak 2000 GT, made from 1980 to 1982, holds a smaller 2-liter V6 that produces 159 bhp. The 2000 GT has a slightly slower top speed of 220 km/h, while only 200 units were ever built.

    Beautiful Design

    Maserati Merak

    The landmark feature of a Maserati Merak is its design. Is this the prettiest ever super car? It certainly has a case. The Merak’s timeless look captures everything special about that 1970s era of super car.

    Everything about this car is gorgeous. Giorgetto Giugaro’s masterpiece flows effortlessly from bumper to bumper, thanks to genius flying buttresses that extend the rooflines over the flattened engine panel. The car looks gracious yet stylish from every angle.

    The first series Merak looked differently depending on the drive. Left-hand drive models featured the same dash as the Citroen SM, with a single-spoke steering wheel.

    Maserati fitted right-hand drive Meraks with the same dash as the Bora and three-spoke steering wheel.

    The Merak SS is equally pretty. The unique black grill between the headlamps is neat, while the Maserati-designed interior and four-spoke steering wheel scream elegance.

    Even the 2000 GT had its own design traits. The black strip on the mid-level of the car complemented the matte black bumpers and gave the car an updated, cleaner look.

    There is no doubt the Maserati Merak remains one of the nicest looking sports cars ever made.

    Maserati Merak for sale

    You can own this gorgeous 1975 Maserati Merak today. This absolutely stunning model is in great mechanical and cosmetic condition.

    Expertly restored and hardly driven. This is a wonderful, classic Italian sports car ready to be enjoyed every day.

    Inquire about the Maserati Merak now on the Racing Edge Paddock.