Produced from 1972 to 1983, the Maserati Merak was essentially the V6-engined version of the V8 Maserati Bora, with a more convenient 2+2 layout permitted by the space gained from fitting a smaller engine. With a capacity of three liters, the V6 could produce an output of 190 hp at 6,000 rpm and reach a top speed of 150 mph. Designed by Giugiaro at Italdesign, the Maserati Merak shares many cues with its sister GT, the Bora. One of the main distinguishable features was the dual chrome bumper in the front, and the absence of glassed fastback, replaced by a vertical rear window. The interior of the early models was identifiable by its one-spoke steering wheel, brushed metal dashboard and oval instrument gauges from the Citroen SM.
If you’re looking at a particular 1972 Maserati Merak for sale, be sure to hire an expert to carry out a pre-purchase inspection. A good expert will tell you everything there is to know about the model, including its history, condition, and value. Talk with the owner about his experience and don’t forget to ask for a complete list of options and accessories. For example, a compact spare tire was originally stored above the transmission, in the engine compartment. Ask if it’s still there! Small details like this will increase the value of the classic down the road. Only 630 units of the Maserati Merak were made up to 1974, before the switch of ownership from Citroen to Alejandro de Tomaso. The models post 1975 underwent modifications to remove some of the Citroen’s equipment.
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